Greater Manchester Violence Reduction Unit

WATCH: Media Cubs Mini reporters interview Superintendent Caroline Hemingway

Mini reporters from Media Cubs recently welcomed  Superintendent Caroline Hemingway into their online newsroom. 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 to decision makers, learn more about their jobs and think about future careers. Caroline works in the VRU, […]

Community Spotlight Series: Fatima Women’s Association (FWA) – developing educational opportunities for disadvantaged women in Oldham

Established in 1991, Fatima Women’s Association (FWA) has been delivering services to women, young people, and children for 29 years. FWA was formed by local Pakistani women who recognised the lack of facilities available to women from minority backgrounds in Oldham. “Our mission is to develop educational opportunities for the most disadvantaged women, raise aspirations, […]

Community Spotlight Series: Bury Defence Academy – encouraging young people’s energy into sport and personal development

Bury Defence Academy (BDA) is a Martial Arts and Boxing Club providing classes for men, women, and children in Bury. The academy offers 6 combat sports including Boxing (Bury A.B.C), Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay-Thai, Circuit Training, Mixed Martial Arts, Self-Defence, Fencing and a weekly Youth Club. With over 400 people attending the classes per week, […]

Community Spotlight Series: Confidence building, outdoor activities & leadership training in Bolton with WAVE Adventure

  Our Community Spotlight Series has been launched to amplify the positive stories of young people, community leaders, those with lived experience and other stakeholders from the communities we serve. We want to hear about how young people are facilitating positive change within their communities, provide advice and insight into violence prevention, the work that […]

Greater Manchester’s Hope Hack – Media Cubs guest blog!

Thanks to our partnership with the Greater Manchester Violence Reduction Unit, Media Cubs were invited to run a unique workshop at the ‘Hope Hack’ event at Lancashire Cricket Club in Old Trafford. Hope Hacks are run around the UK by the Hope Collective and are an opportunity for young people and those working with young people to discuss ideas […]

Giving violence the red card!

Last month, Detective Inspector Roger Edwards from the Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) and Sergeant Robert Froggart from the Tameside District, joined youngsters from Manchester United Foundation’s Street Reds project for an anti-knife crime workshop and ‘Youth Voice’ event at Old Trafford to mark ‘International Youth Day’. Street Reds, which is adapted from Premier League Kicks […]

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, […]

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