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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 […]

Oct 19 2023

Outreach at the Olive Academy (Oct 2023)

We’d like to share with you the success of one of the projects the VVU has recently supported with funding. The Olive Academy in Thurrock offers alternative education provision for young people who have been excluded from secondary school. Schools can refer into the Academy. This is the only provision of its type in Thurrock […]

Oct 10 2023

Learning Outdoors with the Respect Project (Sept 2023)

We were invited by Essex Boys and Girls Clubs to attend their outdoor learning facility at Layer Marney Tower in Essex and meet a group of young people who were possible candidates for the Respect Project. The Respect Project, is a targeted programme that supports students who are struggling with mainstream education within identified schools. […]

Jun 27 2023

Rainbow Services youth project welcomes MP Robert Halfon (June 2023)

On 16 June we were delighted to be invited back to Rainbow Services to join in welcoming Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow to their Youth Project. The Youth Project, funded by the Essex VVU and the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, is for 14 to 18 year olds who have disengaged from education, […]

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 […]

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 […]