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Young people lead the way on crime reduction

Posted on 16 August 2019

Seven young people attended a Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) workshop hosted by Karmarama on behalf of the Mayor of London’s Office last week.

This was an exciting opportunity for young people from Hyde Foundation’s partnership programme Ambition, which is led by Active Communities Network. The two-hour workshop explored the narrative surrounding youth culture, media and the impact of violence on young people. The attendees shared their ideas and insights to help shape the further development of the VRU.

Announced by the Mayor of London in September 2018, the Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) is bringing together specialists from health, police, local government, probation and community organisations to tackle violent crime and its underlying causes.

The work of the VRU has been supported by the Youth Violence Commission (YVC), which was set up in 2016 as a Cross Party Commission to examine the root causes of youth violence in Great Britain. The YVC was actively supported in London by the London Independent Youth Safety Board (LIYSAB) headed up by Sarah Willis, Successful Places Programme Manager, Hyde Foundation.

Through community engagement the VRU recognised the importance of young people’s voice and representation and has now committed to engaging young people at every level, including advisory and decision-making forums.

This workshop enabled the VRU to gain meaningful input from young people; and young people attending found the workshop a valuable space to share their experiences and opinions.

Joe Bowen Hall, Account Manager at Karmarama commented: “The youth group were fantastic (and we were) so inspired by their spirit and honesty throughout the session and would love to keep them involved in the project”.

Since the workshop, Karmarama have offered the youth group work experience placements so they can learn about brand communication, PR, digital and film production.