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Xaverian College host Greater Manchester Colleges’ Safety Roadshow

This week, Xaverian College hosted the Greater Manchester Colleges’ Safety Roadshow, to promote a range of support services available within the local area to students. The Roadshow, which was first introduced in February 2022, aims to address the underlying causes of violence, and work together with communities to prevent it. Throughout the day, students had […]

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VRU holds criminal justice learning event to highlight emerging best practise and innovation

The online event highlighted emerging best practise and innovation from criminal justice projects across Greater Manchester. The event aimed to enable participants to understand links between violence and childhood experiences, understand the value of lived experience mentoring to rehabilitate and reduce levels of violence, and understand how a trauma responsive approach identifies children and young […]

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Social Switch Project pilot in Salford results in 96% of practitioners feeling confident talking to young people about social media

Late last year, a pilot of the Social Switch Project – a multi-layered social media education programme that aims to build the digital resilience and literacy of young people, and the trusted adults around them, to reduce the chances of online risks becoming online/offline violence-related harms – was ran in four schools in Salford. Funded […]

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Mayor of Greater Manchester hosts roundtable as part of drive to tackle serious violence, as VRU receives funding for three more years

Professionals and community representatives from across Greater Manchester have vowed to tackle knife-crime and serious violence at a roundtable event hosted by the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham. Chaired by Nazir Afzal, former Chief Crown Prosecutor, the event held today (Friday 1 April) is part of an ongoing commitment to work in partnership with […]

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Funding boost for Greater Manchester’s Violence Reduction Unit – three more years working to tackle serious violence

Greater Manchester’s Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) has been allocated funding for the next three years, subject to a successful application, which will enable the pioneering initiative to continue to prevent violence in the city-region. The Government has today (Friday 1 April) announced a provisional amount of £5.86m for the year 2022/23, £4.3m for year two […]

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Odd Arts create short film to be used as preventative tool for young people

Through the VRU funded Central Manchester Peace Together Alliance, Odd Arts, a charity that delivers theatre-based programmes that challenge and change attitudes and behaviours and enable people to understand themselves and the world differently, have delivered three projects over a seven-month period designed to encourage reduction in violence in local communities. Young people were given […]

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