Essex non-profit groups receive Christmas present in advance

Organizations across the country are expected to receive additional funding Image credit: Getty Images / SDI Productions

As the need for financial support within the voluntary sector is greater than ever, organizations in Essex will be able to continue their work with a community grant from the Essex Violence and Vulnerability Unit (VVU).

Out of over 50 original applications, 20 successful organizations were chosen to receive a share of a combined total of £ 370,499 in funding. The caliber of applications was so high for 2021 that the Essex Community Safety Development Fund PFCC partnered with VVU to provide a larger combined pot of funds.

Essex-based nonprofits have been able to apply for up to £ 20,000 to deliver work that has been shown to have a positive impact on priority youth issues.

These priority issues were identified over the past 12 months when conducting listening workshops with young people from across Essex, and included those related to serious violence, exploitation or mental health young people.

They also wanted to see more detached youth work, safer spaces for young people and opportunities for young people to learn life skills and participate in community or volunteering sessions.

The need for better communication between schools, youth groups and the police was raised and young people wished to support projects that recognized this.

Grants have provided all supportive work in these priority areas and range from funding for youth workers, counselors and mentors to youth club sessions, outdoor activities and educational sessions.

One of the recipients of part of the funding was the Building Lives project, based in Chelmsford, Essex. The organization has received £ 20,000 to provide one-on-one coaching and mentoring to young people at risk of or involved in serious violence.

Another grateful volunteer organization was Doddinghurst Road Church in Brentwood, Essex, which will use the funds to support a seconded youth worker, as well as to develop new projects that promote better communication and positive engagement between police, community groups. young people and schools.

Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex and Chair of the Violence and Vulnerability Roundtable said: “We know that if young people have the knowledge, support and information, and divisional activities in place, they are less likely to become involved in crime, drugs and anti-social behavior.

“The voluntary and nonprofit sector works incredibly hard in communities with young people to provide them with this support. However, these organizations have been hit very hard financially over the past 18 months, while the need for their support within these communities has not gone away.

“After seeing the caliber of work being done in Essex to support our children, youth and their families, it was an easy decision to increase the level of funding to support more projects.

“I’m delighted that we’ve been able to fund so many diverse initiatives and can’t wait to see the work in action and the difference it makes for so many people. Congratulation to all participants.

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