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Jul 11 2022

Go through the Yellow Door

Yellow Door is the name of Canvey Island’s youth project. The project can be found through a bright yellow door, in a cheerful, colourful building on Poplar Road. The youth project has been on this site since 2017 providing a range of information, support, activities, education and interventions to young people on the Island. Yellow […]

Jun 09 2022

Changing Lives through football

Changing Lives FC is a football team with a difference. It is a football team created for refugees, migrants and asylum seekers from around the globe who want to come together to enjoy and play football and create a better life for themselves. Based in Harlow, the football team brings together teenagers and young adults […]

May 16 2022

The work of UTurn

On our travels around Essex to see the projects the VVU helps fund, we visited UTurn in Tendring. UTurn offers support and practical help for young people aged 10 – 18 years old who may be experiencing personal and socially challenging life situations as consequences of violent crime.  The project integrates sport and physical activity […]

May 12 2022

Using nature for therapy

Hidden away in the Chelmsford countryside is the Wilderness Foundation, an organisation that offers nature based therapy and outreach programmes to vulnerable children, young people and adults. The Wilderness Foundation runs projects that support vulnerable groups, including projects that support young people who are at risk, those who have experienced trauma or have behavioural issues […]

Apr 21 2022

The Power of Gaming

On a sunny Thursday in half term we visited the fabulous Power of Gaming project in Maldon. Power of Gaming is run by Jay Gaffney who used to own a computer shop in Maldon. Jay realised the benefits playing computer games can have on young people. Everything from improving logical thinking, hand eye coordination, problem […]

Apr 21 2022

Easter fun with ATF Southend

Over the Easter holidays we visited a holiday club run by ATF Southend to see the great work they are doing to support families on the Kursaal estate. ATF (Achieve Thrive Flourish) work with young people and their families to build stronger prouder communities and help young people develop into resilient, confident individuals. They work closely […]