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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

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 […]

Apr 21 2022

Easter fun with ATF Southend

Over the Easter holidays we visited a holiday club run by ATF Southend to see the great work they are doing to support families on the Kursaal estate. ATF (Achieve Thrive Flourish) work with young people and their families to build stronger prouder communities and help young people develop into resilient, confident individuals. They work closely […]

Jul 05 2021

Detached youth work success

In 2020 over 600 young people took part in the Violence and Vulnerability Unit’s listening project, which was to help determine future priorities and work areas for the VVU. Their feedback gave us a few main points for consideration and action: The majority of young people told us that youth violence is an issue in […]