Christmas cash boost for Harlow’s Changing Lives to help support young people

Communities / Mon 21st Dec 2020 at 12:34pm

Early Christmas present for 18 organisations supporting young people 

TODAY Essex Violence and Vulnerability Unit announced 18 organisations across Southend, Essex and Thurrock that would be receiving some financial support from the Unit’s grant fund, to continue their work in supporting vulnerable children and young people.


Changing Lives Harlow: £10,000

Outreach programmes including mental health sessions, wellbeing and sports for those aged between 11 – 25, taking referrals from schools and other agencies in Harlow for children who are at risk of serious violence. Supporting the development of a hub in Harlow town centre.


The Essex VVU created the Community Grant Fund in order to help organisations struggling to deliver planned work to reduce crime and safeguard young people because of the impact and restrictions of COVID-19.

The work which the money is funding ranges from sports sessions – karate and boxing – male mentoring, film production workshops, school sessions and mental health support. The groups have been awarded the funds as all the activities mentioned are designed to support those participating to build confidence and resilience, understand risky decision making, promote healthy behaviours and good mental health. 

Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, speaking for the Violence and Vulnerability Unit said: “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to help so many organisations carry on their fantastic work with children and young people.  It has been a really tough year for so many people and so many organisations, yet the determination these groups have to make lives better for our children is incredible. Well done to them all and I look forward to seeing the results of their work in 2021.”

The full list of organisations and their location is below, along with details of what their grant will be spent on. The money needs to be spent by the end of financial year 2020 / 2021.

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