On behalf of the Violent Crime Prevention Board, I would like to welcome you to our new website. As a team we have spent the last few months refocusing our attention on improving our website to ensure our visitors get valuable information quickly. We listened to the community and based on those discussions; we are providing an easy use platform with a repository of information. Resources are provided to aid our collaborative and collective approach to preventing violent crime in London and across the UK.
We are using the website to map information and service providers that may not be known by statutory services; yet are producing extraordinary outcomes that engage and support young people and families. We have had the pleasure of meeting and working with many individuals who volunteer and are working hard to keep young people engaged in education and extra-curricular activities; we are promoting them.
This is an opportunity for organisations that are delivering similar services to connect and synergise ideas to support their efforts. This actualises our ethos based on the ancient African proverb “It takes a whole village to raise a child”, which means the responsibility of raising a child does not lie with the parents alone, but with the extended family and ourselves, the whole community working together.
What’s new? We are communicating more frequently through the website and social media and I am very excited that we will also be promoting funding opportunities as we become aware of them and where possible, support organisations to access resources to aid their cause.
We will use the VCP website as a platform to give voice and support the work that the community is delivering through research. This can help bolster our efforts to implement changes that aid our aim; to prevent violent crime through our Vision to Champion Progress.
Dr Angela Herbert MBE
Chair of the Violent Crime Prevention Board