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Sep 07 2023

Young care leavers supported by community grant

We wanted to share the success of one of the projects we helped fund with the 2022 / 23 community grant. Open Door, based in Grays, received a £20,000 grant, with matched funding of £8,516, to assist young people who are leaving care to establish a safe and happy life in a different world to […]

Sep 07 2023

Being inspired at Kids Inspire

The VVU team recently dropped in on a Kids Inspire supporter day to hear an update on the fantastic work the charity does. We support Kids Inspire through our Violence & Vulnerability secondary prevention work stream by funding their whole-family therapeutic support programme ‘Healing Connections’. The funding enables Kids Inspire to deliver a targeted countywide […]

Sep 07 2023

Southend: Supporting young people with safe spaces

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to YMCA Southend, who we have recently funded through our community grant fund to provide support to young people in the city. In our recent Listening Report we spoke to more than 1500 young people about their biggest fears and what makes them feel safe. The young people from Southend […]

Jun 27 2023

Street football in Purfleet

What better way to spend a sunny Thursday afternoon than to see one of the projects we help fund in action? And so we headed to Purfleet Primary School to see the street football after-school club. This after-school club, organised by Riverview Charitable Trust, runs from 4pm to 5pm for eight- to eleven-year-olds, and then […]

Jun 27 2023

Motivated Minds – Well Youth Project

The VVU is pleased to share the success of one of the projects we funded in a community grant round. Motivated Minds in Basildon was awarded just under £20k to run the Well Youth Project – dedicated youth club sessions and wellbeing activities for local young people. The project included life skills workshops on topics […]

Apr 11 2023

The Community Church making a big difference

Doddinghurst Road Community Church is so much more than a church. Based right in the heart of the community it provides a safe space, a community space, a place to chat, a place to seek help, a place to just be, for anyone who needs this support. The VVU popped along to meet Aaron, the […]