Greater Manchester Violence Reduction Unit

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Scheme’s success sees SHiFT away from crime for vulnerable children in Tameside

AN INNOVATIVE scheme designed to prevent vulnerable young people’s futures being ruined by crime is transforming lives in Tameside. A report shows that since SHiFT Tameside was launched in December 2022 there have been reductions in the young people involved committing offences and going missing and improved school attendance. The scheme is a collaboration between […]

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New 10-year strategy launched to prevent and reduce violence across Greater Manchester

The Greater than Violence Strategy is a 10-year commitment to reduce violence and improve the lives of young people and families across the city-region. The strategy marks a significant milestone in Greater Manchester’s commitment to creating safer communities. It was developed by the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester and Greater Manchester Violence Reduction […]

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£300,000 funding boost for community sport programmes supporting young people at risk of violence

Greater Manchester Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) has provided £300,000 of investment for community sport through the Greater Manchester Violence Prevention Fund. StreetGames are the VRU’s strategic sports partner and are responsible for commissioning organisations that can deliver against the VRU’s strategic sports plan. The £300,000 investment will use community sport-based interventions to enhance positive outcomes […]

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First ‘We are Greater’ week for young people organised by Greater Manchester Violence Reduction Unit

‘We are Greater’ week sees schools, colleges, youth groups and sports teams from across Greater Manchester encourage young people to be greater than violence by participating in positive activities in their local areas. The week is inspired by the Violence Reduction Unit’s ‘I am Greater’ campaign which encourages young people to be greater than violence […]

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Programme that helps young people transition from primary to secondary school supports over 150 students in year one

Funded by Greater Manchester’s Violence Reduction Unit, the primary transitions programme supports young people with the transition from primary to secondary school to mitigate potential risks of involvement in or connection with violence. The programme (also referred to as Blocks) responds to feedback from primary schools that intergenerational violence and knife carrying are affecting children […]

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500 young people take part in sports and positive activities in Bolton through Violence Reduction Unit’s community-led programme

On Wednesday 18th October, the Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester visited the Violence Reduction Unit’s (VRU’s) community-led programme in Bolton to hear about the positive impact it is having in preventing young people becoming involved in serious violence and other crimes. The programme in Bolton works with young people aged between 10 and 25, and […]


New pilot project supports men on probation to build family relationships and break the cycle of crime

Stepping Up is a relationships and parenting programme jointly commissioned by Greater Manchester Probation Service and the Greater Manchester Violence Reduction Unit. The project is delivered by TLC: Talk, Listen, Change; a national relationships charity based in Trafford. Launched in July 2023, the 6-month pilot works across four areas of Greater Manchester – Oldham, Rochdale, […]

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