Greater Manchester Violence Reduction Unit

The second UniteHER event raises aspirations of young women and creates relationships between girls and professionals from across Greater Manchester

21 girls aged 10-16 years old from across Greater Manchester attended the second UniteHER on the 17th June 2023 at Bridgehall Primary School in Stockport, supported by Greater Manchester’s Violence Reduction Unit, England Netball and Active Communities Experiences. Designed to build relationships and trust with services, the girls were joined by professionals including youth workers, […]

Extra-Familial Harm & Child Exploitation Conference

Greater Manchester Violence Reduction Unit, Greater Manchester Complex Safeguarding Hub, and programme Challenger co-hosted the Children’s Society Event 2023. The event focused on sharing best practice around exploitation and extra-familial harm at both local and national levels and providing interactive sessions for staff across disciplines. The first half of the event explored big advances in […]

Greater Manchester Violence Reduction Unit ‘I am Greater’ Campaign Shortlisted for Prolific North Creative Awards 2023

The ‘I am Greater’ campaign, launched in May 2021, encourages young people to be greater than violence by thinking about their hopes and aspirations for the future. As part of this, young people are encouraged to be ‘active bystanders’, who act when they witness low-level negative behaviours, such as negative language, to stop violence before […]

WATCH: Media Cubs mini reporters interview Deputy Mayor

Students from Lostock High School in Stretford collaborated with Media Cubs to hold their very own press conference with Greater Manchester’s Deputy Mayor for policing, crime, criminal justice, and fire. The press conference was part of the VRU’s partnership with Media Cubs, helping to give young people in the region the chance to ask big questions […]

Alison Cope educates young people on the dangers of knife crime in schools across Greater Manchester

Alison Cope is the mother of Joshua Ribera who was murdered in 2013. She now works tirelessly to help prevent youth violence by sharing her son’s unique life and death story to help educate young people on the realties and consequences of youth violence. Her powerful presentations convey the importance of prevention, the emotive realisation of how choices affect loved ones and […]

Violence Reduction Unit supports Restorative Lives project

The Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) commissioned Magistra to deliver their Restorative Lives project in Hindley Prison as part of the VRU’s work to reduce reoffending among young people and build aspirations. 94 men, primarily under the age of 25, have successfully completed the programme, aimed at individuals who want to make changes to their behaviour […]

Violence Reduction Through the Power of Community Sport

The Greater Manchester Violence Reduction Unit and StreetGames hosted ‘Violence Reduction Through the Power of Community Sport’ on Friday 21st April 2023. The event brought together approximately 80 people from across the community sport, local government, and youth justice sector to discuss the launch of the GM VRU Strategic Sports Plan. StreetGames is one of […]

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