20, Sep, 2023
London Irish Foundation are delighted to have been awarded a grant to delivery the Mayor of London VRU programme.
The programme starts the week commencing the 25th September 2023 and will be delivered by our Foundation team.
Our aims and objectives are to deliver 10 BEAT programmes and 3 holiday activity and development camps.
We will look to engage with 360 young women and girls from targeted schools throughout our community.
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The VRU budget enables them to fund a range of ambitious and crucial programmes that are designed to improve the environments, relationships, or actions that, if unaddressed and unsupported, may otherwise lead to violence.
The VRU means putting communities, young people and their families at the heart of tackling the issue; and particularly in those parts of London most affected.
The VRU work programme takes into consideration a consistent review of the challenges we face and how they relate to young people impacted during COVID-19 which may of had a significant and unprecedented impact on London and London’s communities, families and young people.
Further, 2021 was sadly a year which saw the highest number of homicides of children within serious youth violence since 2008, so the VRU has reinforced its focus on joining up strategic programmatic activity on the likes of education, actions plans for community partnerships on violence reduction, violence against women and girls, the after-school period where children are at risk, children in custody & work with parents.
The VRU work plan is divided into five key priority areas:
1. Youth Work
2. Education, Schools and Settings
3. Early Intervention and Whole Family
4. Neighbourhoods & Local violence Reduction Plans
5. Young People – giving them their voice
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