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Social Switch pilot project, Salford

The Social Switch project aims to empower and educate frontline practitioners in online behaviour, and support young people to live pro-social and harm free lives. Four schools in Salford – Salford City Academy, Irlam and Cadishead Academy, The Albion Academy and, Buile Hill Academy – joined the pilot.

Gender-Based Violence school workshop

The Mayor of Greater Manchester joined students at Falinge Park High School in Greater Manchester for a virtual meeting to discuss Gender-Based Violence.

The ground-breaking workshop was specially designed to educate the students, aged 11 to 16, about how attitudes and behaviours can lead to all forms of violence – bringing together the Gender-Based Violence Strategy and the work of the city-region’s Violence Reduction Unit (VRU).

It is hoped that similar workshops will be rolled out in school and colleges across the city-region later this year.

Community-led pilots

In March, two alliances made up of community organisations in Bolton & Manchester were awarded funds as part of GM’s £500,000 investment in community-led pilots. Learn more about their work by watching this short video.

Building aspirations through community-led work

Hear from members of communities across Greater Manchester about their hopes and aspirations for the future.

The impact of Greater Manchester’s Violence Reduction Unit

The work of the community alliances is having a huge impact in local communities across Greater Manchester. Hear from some of the people benefiting from the work.

If you are affected by anything you have heard in this video, Samaritans (116 123) http://samaritans.org operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year.

The Navigator Project

Based in four Greater Manchester hospitals, the Navigator Project is a youth-focused violence reduction project, that aims to help young people age 10-25, to cope and recover from their experience of violence, and assist with access to local support networks to prevent the potential of further violence.

The Healing Together Program

The Healing Together program was developed to support children and young people who have lived with domestic abuse and violence. The program uses a combination of psychological models to help children to learn about how their body and brain work together when they are feeling safe and unsafe. The children will learn discreet strategies that they can use to feel safe and calm.

Young people in Greater Manchester join content creation workshops to learn about the consequences of knife and weapon crime

Over 200 young people from 28 schools and colleges across Greater Manchester have been engaged in online content creation workshops designed to encourage young people to think about the issues we face in an interactive way.

Odd Arts

Part of the Manchester community alliance, Odd Arts is a Manchester charity delivering innovative and creative programmes, across all art forms, with vulnerable and excluded groups. Specialising in delivering theatre-based programmes that challenge and change attitudes and behaviours, Odd Arts work with participants to devise theatre, from their own experiences as well as touring professional interactive theatre performances on challenging topics.

Odd Arts – Grey Area

Supported by the Violence Reduction Unit, Greater Manchester Police, and the University of Manchester, Odd Arts have developed and delivered a workshop on consent and sexual violence reduction to colleges and universities across Greater Manchester, titled ‘Grey Area’. Which is an interactive forum theatre performance and workshop using professional actors and specialist facilitators to explore key issues around consent and sexual assault.

Young reporters put the VRU team in the spotlight with some big questions

We are delighted to have 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 already been busy in the newsroom and have conducted their first interview with Bev Hughes, Greater Manchester’s Deputy Mayor for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire and young people who were involved in our I Am Greater campaign.

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