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Feb 27 2024

A positive future for Southend pupils (Feb 2023)

In February we took a trip to Garon Park in Southend to see how a project joint funded by the VVU (and Active Essex, South Essex Homes and Garon Wellbeing Park) is making a difference to a group of secondary school pupils from a school in Shoeburyness. Working with young people – and in this […]

Nov 06 2023

Southend Enrichment Programme (Oct 2023)

This week the VVU visited Silver Birch Therapy Farm and Riding School who are one of the organisations the Southend Enrichment Programme work with through VVU funding to support students attending alternative educational provision in Southend. The Southend Enrichment Programme is organised and run by the sport and leisure team at Southend-on-Sea City Council, who […]

Sep 07 2023

Southend: Supporting young people with safe spaces

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to YMCA Southend, who we have recently funded through our community grant fund to provide support to young people in the city. In our recent Listening Report we spoke to more than 1500 young people about their biggest fears and what makes them feel safe. The young people from Southend […]

Jun 06 2023

Positive Futures in Shoeburyness (May 2023)

Last week some of the VVU visited Achieve Thrive Flourish (ATF) and heard all about the Positive Futures project they are currently running in Shoeburyness. Positive Futures is funded through the VVU Secondary Prevention grant which funds projects that support young people more at risk. Positive Futures is an inspiring eight week course that uncovers […]

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 […]