Specification for Services: Coventry
In December 2019, the West Midlands Violence Reduction Unit launched a collaborative whole systems, place based pilot in Coventry focused on preventing and reducing violence. The first pilot project was focused on Hillfields and last year a second was launched in Wood End.
The pilot project brings together local stakeholders, to consolidate interventions and activity to reduce and prevent violence. In Hillfields, part of the pilot project included a campaign called #OurHillfields which was designed by local young people and aimed to develop a strong counter-narrative to violence in the area. It provided young people with an opportunity to be involved and take leadership roles in key parts of the project, and raised awareness of the violence prevention and reduction work taking place locally, providing opportunities for the wider community to become involved.
Subject of this Specification
Following on from the development of the #OurHillfields project we are looking to appoint a specialist provider to empower and support young people to develop a strong counter-narrative to violence in Wood End. The project will:
- Develop a recognisable project name that can be used in promotional work both online and across the area;
- Produce a short film about the counter-narrative with young people taking key leadership roles;
- Develop a social media presence for the project and increase online engagement with the work.
Activity would commence as soon as possible, with the above available in quarter 3 2021. Maximum funding for the project is £4,000.
Response to this Specification
Expressions of interest in this specification are requested in the first instance by COP Friday 30th July 2021, along with completion of the attached project proposal template which should then be returned to Nikki Penniston, Localities Manager, WM VRU. firstname.lastname@example.org Please contact Nikki on 07807 868574 with any queries in relation to this specification or a project proposal.
The project steering group will inform organisations of the outcome by COP 6th August 2021.
Specification for Services: Dudley
In October 2020 a collaborative whole systems, place-based pilot was launched in St James’ Ward in Dudley, focused on preventing and reducing violence. The project is funded through by West Midlands Violence Reduction Unit. This year we are expanding our place based work across the borough.
The project brings together local stakeholders, to consolidate interventions and activity to reduce and prevent violence.
Subject of this Specification
As part of the pilot, the Team around the Community is seeking to incorporate the following activity, delivered in a range of settings (mainly education based) across Dudley, into the project:
- Targeted specialist mentoring for at risk (of engaging in, or being exposed to violence; or being subject to exclusion from an education setting) young people (16-25 year olds but with flexibility to work with 11 and up as required).
- Specialist skilsl in working with young people impacted by special educational needs and disabilities.
Activity would commence in September 2021 and currently would end 31st March 2021 but may be subject to extension at that point. Maximum funding for the provision is £20,000.
Response to this Specification
Expressions of interest in this specification are requested in the first instance by COP Friday 6th August 2021, along with completion of the attached project proposal template which should then be returned to Nikki Penniston, Localities Manager, WM VRU. email@example.com Please contact Nikki on 07807 868574 with any queries in relation to this specification or a project proposal.
The project steering group will inform organisations of the outcome in the week commencing 9th August 2021.
Specification for Services: Step Together (Birmingham)
The West Midlands Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) is seeking to commission services in Birmingham that support local efforts to reduce and prevent violence.
Step Together is a Home Office funded national pilot programme being spearheaded by the West Midlands VRU.
Connecting Education, Police and Community Partners in a collaborative project designed to increase safety and reduce violent crime towards young people along designated school routes at the start and end of the school day.
Expressions of Interest are required by COP on the 4th August 2021 and will be expected to present the below information within their applications.
- Experience of effectively working in local networks and partnerships and a willingness to work with other providers and be an active part of relevant regional networks/partnerships
- An ability to access physical spaces in local places
- Experience of directly working with vulnerable young people and hard to reach communities
- Experience of partnership working with schools
- Full Service Specification
- EOI template
Please send in completed EOIs to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please contact Hayley Walton email@example.com with any queries in relation to this specification
Core Principles for Commissioned Services
The VRU is committed to working effectively with partner organisations to deliver services that reduce and prevent violence. Providers delivering services do an outstanding job in supporting those in need and addressing risk and harm but are often themselves unsupported.
We have developed a set of core principles and ways of working which outline what an effective service seeking to reduce and prevent violence should look like. This is based on the evidence base, and on the research and delivery experience built up over the first 2 years of the VRU’s work. We don’t have all the answers and we don’t expect you to either. This document sets out our commitment to effective co-production of local services.
These core principles are not intended to be a checklist. Instead they outline our expectations for those providers working with us to protect young people.
The VRU is here to help. We deliver/can facilitate access to a range of training offers and CPD opportunities for frontline practitioners including:
- Trauma informed training
- Anti-racist training
- Awareness and identification of exploitation
- Mentors in Violence Prevention,
- Understanding Inequalities
- Understanding the Public Health approach to violence
If you are interested in learning more about these CPD opportunities, please email the VRU directly on firstname.lastname@example.org
Sorry, we currently don't have any opportunities available.