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Feb 19 2021

Essex VVU awarded over £1million in the fight against County Lines

The Essex Violence and Vulnerability Unit was this week awarded £1,160,000 from the Home Office to continue its work to tackle County Lines and support young, vulnerable people from criminal exploitation. The funding, which is for 2021/22, is a share of £35.5million which has been awarded to the 18 Violence Reduction Units operating across England […]

Feb 19 2021

Talk to us about your experience of violence in the county

The Violence and Vulnerability Unit has launched two new listening projects following the success of its conversations with young people in 2020. In 2020, youth leaders across Essex, Southend and Thurrock engaged with over 600 young people on the violence and vulnerability themes for 2020. The feedback from young people was exceptional and helped the […]

Feb 19 2021

Children as young as 12 are supplying your Christmas party drugs

This Christmas Essex residents are being urged to think about the supply chain behind recreational drugs, and consider the violence, intimidation and exploitation of vulnerable children that goes hand in hand with the movement of drugs around the County. In order to get drugs, including ‘party drugs’, to those who take them, a supply chain […]

Nov 02 2020

Financial support for youth work impacted by COVID

Organisations who are struggling to deliver planned work to reduce crime and safeguard young people because of the impact of COVID, have until November 19  to apply for support through the Violence and Vulnerability Unit Community Grants Fund.   The Community Grant Fund has been created because of the challenges that Coronavirus has bought upon […]

Mar 16 2020

Finding Rhythms to break the cycle of offending

The harsh reality of being in a gang is being shared through music created by prisoners in Essex. HM Prison Chelmsford and the Finding Rhythms charity are working together to break the cycle of men reoffending when they leave prison. Those completing the six-day music-making course will not only achieve a BTEC qualification, but write, […]

Mar 12 2020

Officers helping children and young people through trauma

Groups of youths hanging about the streets are generally thought to be up to no good. But what if they were seen in a different light and approached as young people struggling to deal with trauma in their lives? Essex Police is training its officers and partners to engage with young people in a new […]