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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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Aug 18 2023

Introducing Safeguarding Officers into Op Raptor

An Essex VVU initiative to have Police safeguarding officers attached to Police OpRaptor teams* has seen positive success in the early identification of young vulnerable people who are being exploited by criminal gangs. The safeguarding officers proactively identify young people who they believe are being exploited. This is achieved by officers attending operations which target […]

Dec 05 2022

Supporting primary school children to stay safe online (Dec 2022)

As part of supporting schools with safety messages, the VVU recently supported Thurrock Community Safety Partnership and Thurrock Local Safeguarding Children’s Partnership to fund a series of roadshows for Y5 and Y6 school children on how to stay safe online.   In three days more than 2,000 Thurrock school children took part in an interactive presentation […]

Sep 20 2022

Learn about detached youth work (Sept 2022)

We spent some time with Bar ‘n’ bus who lead detached youth work in Basildon. Detached youth workers spend time in the places young people hang out in order to get to know and form relationships with these young people. This form of youth work means the youth workers can engage with young people who […]