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May 13 2024

Detached youth work and youth resource hubs

The VVU are delighted to fund detached youth work across the county for the fifth year running. As part of this commitment, the VVU is also funding an evaluation process alongside the project. This process will help us understand what works and what makes good practice in order to share learning, support future funding bids […]

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 […]

Jan 29 2024

The importance of family in healing (Jan 2024)

We recently visited Kids Inspire with the aim of capturing an interview with Sue Bell OBE, their wonderful Chief Executive & Clinical Director. While we were there, we took advantage of the visit to hear some success stories concerning young people the charity is supporting through the VVU funded Healing Connections programme. Healing Connections is […]

Dec 05 2023

Girls come together at Bar ‘n’ Bus (Nov 2023)

Every Wednesday evening a group of young females meet in Basildon to spend time together and build friendships. The ‘Being Me’ project, run by Bar n Bus, brings together 16 females of secondary school age for two hours to chat, be creative, talk to trusted adults, laugh and have fun – all in a safe […]

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 […]