Salford allocated funds as part of Violence Reduction Unit’s community investment

SEVEN organizations in Salford have been awarded funding from Greater Manchester’s Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) to help reduce violence and hate crime, improve community cohesion and provide opportunities for young people.

Salford is the third borough in the urban region to receive funding from the VRU as part of its £ 500,000 investment in community-led pilots outlined in the Greater Manchester Action Plan on Serious Violence.

The community-led approach to violence reduction brings together Greater Manchester Police, the National Probation Service, health and education professionals, juvenile justice and local authorities to address the underlying causes of violence and work with communities to prevent it.

VRU works closely with local communities to understand the community’s strengths, challenges and needs and determine how local investments will be made.

In Salford, four voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organizations will receive grants to focus on hate crime and cohesion – Odd Arts, Swinton Lions RLFC, Oasis Community Hub: Media City UK and Stay Safe Manchester. Their focus will be on engaging young people in activities that promote respect for society, challenge hate crimes and discrimination, and improve community cohesion, to enhance feelings of pride, respect, and belonging.

Led by the Salford Foundation, Oasis Community Hub: Media City UK and three other VCSE organizations – Foundation 92, Manchester United Foundation and Salford Community Leisure – will form a partnership to work together to reduce violence and provide opportunities in the local community.

The partnership will focus on offering mentoring programs and positive role models for young people and families who are at risk or vulnerable to serious youth violence and criminal exploitation, and to offer youth work activities that will reach and benefit 10 to 14-year-olds and over 14 years, and raise ambitions and support young people aged 16 to 25 in employment and education.

Phil East, CEO of the Salford Foundation, said: “I’m glad we have this opportunity to make a real difference on the issue of youth violence in Ordsall and Langworthy. By working with other organizations that have a strong track record and reputation with the local people, we will have a significant impact on hopes and life chances through the activities and support we will provide. “

Councilor David Lancaster, Lead Member for Environment and Community Safety, Salford City Council said, “Like all major cities, Salford, unfortunately, experiences violence from time to time. Involving communities in tackling the issues affecting their area is the best way to get started with solutions that work, and I wish the project success. ”

Earlier this year, two alliances of VCSE organizations in Bolton and Manchester were awarded funds as part of the community-led pilot scheme. The alliances have already created a positive effect in the form of multi-agency partnership work, referrals and access to support, and improved confidence in reporting and targeted work on serious violence against young people.

Bev Hughes, Greater Manchester’s deputy mayor for police, crime, criminal justice and fire, commented, “Working with communities to jointly design solutions to problems in their area, including how money is spent and when and where interventions are delivered, is the flagship of Greater Manchester’s approach to tackling serious violence.

By taking a community-led approach, we can prevent serious violence while putting families and communities at the heart of everything we do, and ensuring that Greater Manchester becomes safer and stronger for all and improves outcomes for young people. “

Greater Manchester’s VRU has partnered with 10GM – a joint venture of VCSE sector infrastructure organizations in Greater Manchester – to continue this work program.

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