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Jan 27 2024

Young people reflect on the support of the 23/24 community grant

As we come into the final quarter of our 2023 / 2024 grant we have received some lovely feedback from young people that have attended the projects we have supported, including those supported with VVU funding. We would really like to share some of these quotes with you so you can understand the difference even […]

Mar 09 2023

Back at The Base

It was exciting for the VVU to be back to The Base in Chelmsford to see all the developments that have taken place over the last year. Running out of The Base is the Building Lives project which supports young people at risk of crime, violence and criminal exploitation. The project supports 30 young people […]

Dec 22 2022

Kids Inspire Project visit

Last week the VVU visited Kids Inspire, a well known and loved children and young person’s charity based in Essex. Kids Inspire provide mental health and trauma recovery support for children, young people and their families through therapeutic activities. The VVU is supporting Kids Inspire to fund work with young people who may be at […]

Dec 05 2022

Support for survivors of sexual violence

CARA (Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse) provide a range of specialist services to victims and survivors of any kind of sexual violence, working with people of all ages and all genders.    The VVU support CARA through our community grant fund, helping increase counselling for young people who have been victims of sexual […]

Sep 15 2022

See our Community Grant Fund in action

Our community grant fund unlocks funding for projects that work with children and young people, projects that have a positive impact on issues relating to crime and anti-social behaviour, and violence and vulnerability. Local organisations and groups are at the forefront of some amazing work taking place to address these issues and the grant fund […]

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 […]