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The Kent and Medway Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) is a partnership between the police, local councils, health service providers and other key agencies to deliver a reduction in violence the county.

The PCC said: 'Issues around violent crime can not be resolved by Kent Police simply arresting more people. The police and partner agencies need to work together to help lift vulnerable young people out of a life of crime.’

Funding: Diversionary Services to Prevent Serious Violence

The Kent & Medway Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) wish to commission services that will help divert young people and young adults away from the risk of being involved in serious violence and to support them to build strengths in their lives. 

This is an application for short term funding for projects and services to support the objectives of the Kent Violence Reduction Unit up to 31st March 2022.

“Innovating and Collaborating to Keep Communities Safe

  • Developing a shared understanding of serious violence
  • Encouraging a consistent approach which is informed by research
  • Helping communities find solutions to their challenges

To apply for funding from the VRU via the online contact form, click here

If you would like to discuss your application, or have a bid but are unable to submit your application by the deadline please contact:

Ben Loose, Kent Police, VRU Manager:

Mark Powell, KCC, VRU Manager:  

Lauren Barrett, Kent Police Programme Officer:

Below are three pdfs to assist you in completing the application form, including the specification and grant conditions.

Opportunity: Seeking an External Community Engagement Partner to develop our work

Specification for the Commissioning of an External Community Engagement Partner

The Kent & Medway Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) wish to commission an organisation to help develop and test a model of community engagement, that will both provide feedback from the community on how to create a safer environment and also be a model which could be delivered across other communities in the County.

If you are interested, then you can find full details below.

How to apply

Please submit your interest in this opportunity with a word document no longer than two A4 pages by 12:59pm on Saturday 10th July. The application needs to be sent via email to:

If you wish to discuss the possible communities with whom you are proposing to work then please email us at and we will contact you to arrange a time to meet.

This post is open to all applicants with eligibility to work in the UK on or after 1st January 2021.

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