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Mayor and Deputy Mayor visit Bury community partnership formed by Greater Manchester’s Violence Reduction Unit

COMMUNITY organisations in Bury met with the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, and Deputy Mayor Bev Hughes last week (Thursday 4 August), to discuss plans for the community-led programme in Bury. The programme will focus on mentoring programmes providing positive role models for young people and families at risk or vulnerable to serious youth […]

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Greater Manchester comes together to stop knife crime and serious violence

A new hard-hitting video, featuring young people, emergency services, local leaders, actors, and athletes, has been launched to encourage more people to report concerns around knife crime and serious violence in Greater Manchester. In February 2022, in response to three tragic fatal stabbings, Greater Manchester’s Violence Reduction Unit launched a short video encouraging young people, […]

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Oldham awarded funding as part of Violence Reduction Unit’s investment in communities

FOUR organisations in Oldham have been awarded funding from Greater Manchester’s Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) to help develop mentoring, youth work and sports programmes for young people at risk of or vulnerable to serious youth violence and exploitation, programmes that empower young females, and projects that engage young people and their parents. Oldham is the […]


Trusted Relationships project supports young people at risk of exploitation

Greater Manchester Trusted Relationships project aims to enhance the support for young people at risk of abuse and exploitation, by strengthening existing relationships between young people and the adults who are there to support them. Funded by the Home Office from 2018 and hosted by Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, in 2022 the project received […]


Media Cubs and 84YOUTH collaborate on VRU criminal justice interview

Last year we joined forces with young reporters from Media Cubs pop-up TV studio and newsroom to give them the opportunity to ask big questions to members of our team. Young reporters from age seven up to 18 have been busy in the newsroom and already conducted interviews with Bev Hughes, Greater Manchester’s Deputy Mayor for Policing, Crime, […]


UniteHER builds relationships between girls and professionals from across Greater Manchester

Over 20 girls from across Greater Manchester joined professionals and volunteers in an event designed to build relationships and trust with services. Held at Moss Side Leisure Centre, girls were invited to join a netball session with England Netball alongside female professionals – police, youth workers, doctors, nurses, paramedics, and lawyers. Girls had the opportunity […]


Virtual reality technology programme used to tackle youth violence in Greater Manchester

An innovative scheme, which uses virtual reality technology to help young people in Greater Manchester to make the right decisions to avoid youth and knife violence, is being rolled out across the region. Greater Manchester’s Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) has worked in partnership with Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Association to launch the Violence Prevention through Virtual […]

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