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Feb 09 2023

Bringing a splash of colour to Colchester

Last Sunday we visited The Outhouse in Colchester to film some of the young people who attend the project. The OutHouse is a charity that provides opportunities for LGBTQ+ people in Essex.  They run a large programme of services which includes counselling, social events and support groups.  The VVU has helped fund a youth counsellor […]

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 […]

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 […]

May 16 2022

The work of UTurn

On our travels around Essex to see the projects the VVU helps fund, we visited UTurn in Tendring. UTurn offers support and practical help for young people aged 10 – 18 years old who may be experiencing personal and socially challenging life situations as consequences of violent crime.  The project integrates sport and physical activity […]