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Following its launch in July 2022 the Humber Violence Prevention Partnership (VPP) has got off to a strong start by funding a number of projects across the region, making an investment in local organisations who work with young people to steer them away from committing violent crime, either at home or in the community.

The VPP is one of twenty similar partnerships across the country, chaired by the Police and Crime Commissioner with a membership including Humberside Police, all four local Council authorities, the Probation Service, NHS Integrated Care Board and the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities. The Partnership will benefit from £3.5m of funding from the Home Office over a three-year period to identify the causes of violent crime and lead the local response to preventing and reducing violence through targeted interventions.

The first programmes to be contracted by the VPP include sports, creative activities, awareness campaigns and youth outreach. A selection of the 29 projects contracted to date can be viewed here.

A total of £724,500 has been invested in projects so far which will support and engage with over 2,000 young people across Hull, East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire.

Police and Crime Commissioner Jonathan Evison, who chairs the Partnership Board, said: “The Violence Prevention Partnership is a long-term project to tackle and prevent violent crime in our communities. It is important that we work to prevent violence from occurring at all, so these educational and diversionary programmes are being developed to engage with young people to steer them away from committing violent crime in the first place. I’m delighted to see our first projects now being commissioned and carrying out this valuable work.”

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