Last year the VVU invested £1.6million in county wide interventions to help keep young people across Southend, Essex and Thurrock safe.

The interventions the money was invested in were based on information gathered from the 2022 Listening Project which asked young people across Essex what they need to feel safe and be safer.

Essex Council of Voluntary Youth Services (ECVYS) are now calling for youth groups across Essex to take part in the 2024 Listening Project and help shape where to place resource in the future. Youth groups who take part will be provided with questions and a session plan to run with their young people before the closing date in early March.

Speaking about the Listening Project, Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex and Chair of the Violence and Vulnerability Partnership said: “The listening project is such a valuable way to understand issues affecting our young people. By listening we know where to invest and focus resource so young people are supported. I would encourage youth groups to get involved in the 2024 listening projects and help shape a safe county for young people to grow up in.”

The Listening Project is run by Essex Council of Voluntary Youth Services (ECVYS) on behalf of the Violence and Vulnerability Unit and seeks the views of young people on a range of issues around youth violence.

To find out the criteria to take part, register interest or for more information email