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Jun 27 2023

Motivated Minds – Well Youth Project

The VVU is pleased to share the success of one of the projects we funded in a community grant round. Motivated Minds in Basildon was awarded just under £20k to run the Well Youth Project – dedicated youth club sessions and wellbeing activities for local young people. The project included life skills workshops on topics […]

May 11 2023

A&E project supports nearly 200 young people (May 2023)

For the past four years the VVU has helped fund youth workers working in Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital (BTUH) Accident and Emergency Department. Since May 2019, youth workers have been based in the A&E department at BTUH with the hope that when a young person is admitted to A&E the youth workers can offer […]

Oct 13 2022

Extra support for our Essex families (October 2022)

The Violence and Vulnerability Unit has, for the last academic year, funded two Team Around the Family Support Officers (TAFSOs) after the Vulnerable School’s Index highlighted two geographical locations where a specific place based TAFSO would have the greatest impact. The role of a TAFSO is to provide support to any professional in Essex who […]

Sep 20 2022

Summer holiday activity club fun

On a sunny August morning during the school holiday, we popped along to Briscoe Primary School in Basildon to see the ATF holiday activity club in action. We were greeted by 70 smiling faces, a sea of noise and an amazing combination of activities for the children to try. The activity club runs through the […]

Sep 20 2022

Learn about detached youth work (Sept 2022)

We spent some time with Bar ‘n’ bus who lead detached youth work in Basildon. Detached youth workers spend time in the places young people hang out in order to get to know and form relationships with these young people. This form of youth work means the youth workers can engage with young people who […]

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 […]