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Success of hospital Navigators in Greater Manchester, sees project expanded

Launched in May 2021, the Greater Manchester Navigator Project works with young people aged 10-25, to help them to cope and recover from their experience of violence and assist with access to local support networks to prevent the potential of further violence. Initially rolled out in four hospitals across Greater Manchester (Royal Bolton Hospital, Salford […]

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Angels Dance helps to build a safer community in New Bury

Located in New Bury, Angels Dance teamed up with the local community and Raise the Youth Foundation on the Protect Project, a summer activity programme focused on exploring issues of conflict and restorative practise, to provide young people with the skills to prevent violence, repair harm and ‘protect’ young people from trauma. Funded by the […]

Navigator Project


Navigator project helps young people to recover from their experience of violence and prevent the potential of further violence

The Greater Manchester Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) adopts a public health approach to violence reduction; this means focusing on understanding the root causes of the problem and on testing, evaluating and upscaling interventions. The Navigator Project, a new intervention for Greater Manchester, launched recently. Based in four Greater Manchester hospitals, the Navigator Project is a […]

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Hideaway youth project

Our recent post, Greater Manchester’s community-led approach to violence reduction, highlighted the importance of community alliances. The alliances, amongst other things, strengthen relationships and trust between the community and partners from the voluntary and statutory sectors. Over the next few months, we will spotlight a handful of alliance members, providing an opportunity for them to […]

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Greater Manchester’s community-led approach to violence reduction

In 2019, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and Greater Manchester Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) undertook a comprehensive programme of engagement with communities, including young people, the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector and people working in communities affected by violence. GMCA and the VRU heard from communities about their concerns and aspirations and agreed […]

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Violence Reduction Units from across the country work together to prevent violence

As the national violence reduction programme enters its third year, violence reduction units (VRUs) from across England and Wales will meet on Thursday (15 July) to evaluate their progress in reducing violence and helping to build more stronger, more resilient communities. Launched in 2019, VRUs bring together different organisations, including the police, local government, health, […]

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Greater Manchester Violence Reduction Unit welcomes extra funding to target violent crime

Today (Monday 5th July), the Government announced that Greater Manchester’s Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) will receive an additional £3.37m plus £1.862m for policing. The VRU’s community-led approach to violence reduction brings together Greater Manchester Police, National Probation Service, health and education professionals, youth justice and local authorities to address the underlying causes of violence and […]

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