Greater Manchester Violence Reduction Unit
A large projector screen on a wall reading Standing Up for Women and Girls. The Greater Manchester Violence Reduction Unit, KOGS, Positive Steps and Manchester Centre for Youth Studies logo also appear.


Standing up for women and girls in Greater Manchester

Reflecting on the recent ‘Standing Up for Women and Girls’ event at Manchester Metropolitan University Being a young woman today presents lots of opportunity, however, with that comes significant pressure around identity, expectation of others and challenges around safety. To better meet the needs of women and girls across Greater Manchester (GM), policy, practices and […]


United in prevention – How Greater Manchester is aligning its violence prevention and education offer to achieve better outcomes for all our children

Damian Dallimore, Director of Greater Manchester’s Violence Reduction Unit, and Anthony Benedict, Executive Head Teacher of Tameside Pupil Referral Units, set out some of the ways Greater Manchester’s VRU is approaching violence prevention in a special blog post for the Centre for Young Lives.  In 2019 when Greater Manchester launched its Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) […]

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New scheme to keep young people on the right track in Manchester

An innovative scheme that uses one-to-one bespoke support to help transform the lives of vulnerable young people caught up in or at risk of crime and steer them towards the right track, is coming to Manchester. Manchester city council is teaming up with national charity SHiFT and Greater Manchester’s Violence Reduction Unit to provide intensive […]


Youth Unleashed: Media Takeover for Safer Communities

The Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) has worked with MediaCubs since 2021, giving their young reporters the opportunity to conduct interviews and ask questions on key issues that the VRU is tackling across Greater Manchester. In February, as a special project commissioned by Young Manchester, young people from Co-op Academy Belle Vue took part in a special “takeover […]


VRU’S StreetDoctors programme at HMP Hindley boosts self-esteem and communication skills amongst inmates

After liaison with Greater Manchester’s Violence Reduction Unit (VRU), a StreetDoctors Reducing Violence Programme was commissioned for 10 participants based in HMP Hindley. StreetDoctors is a national charity aiming to educate young people in emergency first aid and empower them to be part of the solution to violence. The programme focused on youth engagement, training […]

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£200,000 funding boost for Wigan and Tameside in latest rollout of community programmes for young people

Community-led programmes supporting young people launched in Wigan and Tameside Grants of £100,000 awarded to VCSE organisations in both areas to provide safe spaces for young people and families and boost local pride in communities Wigan and Tameside are the latest boroughs to receive funding from Greater Manchester’s Violence Reduction Unit COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS supporting young […]

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