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Aug 01 2022

Enrichment, Alternative Learning and Diversionary Programme by the Sea! (July 2022)

Earlier this month the VVU visited The Southend Enrichment, Alternative Learning and Diversionary Programme. This is a programme that has been running since 2019, initiated by Southend-on-Sea City Council’s Sport and Leisure Team and funded by partners such as the VVU, PFCC and Essex Community Foundation Trust. Research shows that participation by young people in […]

Jul 11 2022

Graffiti project brightens up Chelmsford (June 2022)

Young people have been hard at work brightening up two locations in Chelmsford with new artwork and graffiti. Central Park underpass and Chelmer Valley nature reserve (under the bridge on the bunny walks) have been transformed by the creative skills of local young people, those who use the Central Park skate park, and a group […]

Jul 11 2022

Go through the Yellow Door

Yellow Door is the name of Canvey Island’s youth project. The project can be found through a bright yellow door, in a cheerful, colourful building on Poplar Road. The youth project has been on this site since 2017 providing a range of information, support, activities, education and interventions to young people on the Island. Yellow […]

Jul 11 2022

Our new project: ReRoute (June 2022)

We are working on a new project called ReRoute.  This project works with young people who have been arrested on possession of carrying a knife but who are waiting to be charged to court. There can be a considerable amount of time between arrest and a court date; by working in this time period to […]

Jul 11 2022

The success of detached youth work (June 2022)

We are consistently told by young people across Essex they want safe activities to participate in and safe places to meet, alongside adults they can talk to and trust. For the past 18 months we’ve worked with Essex Council of Voluntary Youth Services (ECVYS) and Active Essex to fund detached youth workers in areas of […]

Jun 09 2022

Changing Lives through football

Changing Lives FC is a football team with a difference. It is a football team created for refugees, migrants and asylum seekers from around the globe who want to come together to enjoy and play football and create a better life for themselves. Based in Harlow, the football team brings together teenagers and young adults […]