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Mar 08 2022

Our Listening Projects

Between October 2021 and February 2022, the VVU commissioned Essex Council of Voluntary Youth Services (ECVYS) to run two listening projects. The projects were to gather both the views of young people and the views of the community on how safe they feel in Essex (especially around gangs & knife crime).This year the youth voices […]

Mar 08 2021

Grants awarded from V&V funds during 2020/21 to local, small charities and not for profit organisations

We have been able to support many projects with extra funding during 2020/21. See the list of projects and the type of support provided.

Feb 05 2021

Listening Projects

In 2020, youth leaders across Southend, Essex and Thurrock engaged with more than 600 young people on the violence and vulnerability themes for 2020. The feedback from young people was exceptional and helped the violence and vulnerability unit to prioritise issues that young people felt were important.

Feb 03 2021

Home Office Vulnerable Children’s Charity Fund

Back in August 2020 Essex was awarded £98,101 from the Home Office Vulnerable Children’s Charity Fund. The VVU invited groups to apply for funding to continue their support for vulnerable young people at risk of violence, during the Covid-19 Pandemic. For example, by adapting support services if necessary, by using remote working and technology. 14 groups were awarded funds, read about some of their work.

Feb 01 2021

‘Youth Voices’ on gangs and knife crime

Between December 2019 and March 2020 the VVU worked with youth groups and young people to understand their thoughts and feelings on gangs and knife crime.