The South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) has funded projects across the county, with a total value of more than £1 million.

The Unit has awarded more than £600,000 through its grant funding rounds, with applicants able to secure up to £20,000 in funding.

The Violence Reduction Fund is focused on supporting young people, to stop them engaging in violent crime, while the second grant fund aims to support organisations tackling Violence Against Women and Girls. 39 grants have been awarded to groups in South Yorkshire.

The VRU has also provided £100,000 to each of the four Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, and Sheffield.

The CSPs bring together partner organisations and stakeholders, including the VRU, local councils, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, South Yorkshire Police, and the NHS. The aim of the partnerships is to co-ordinate the local approach to tackling violence and anti-social behaviour.

Graham Jones, Head of the South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit said: “The Violence Reduction Unit’s ambition is to prevent and reduce violence, by working in partnership with organisations and residents in our county.

“Our grants aim to support this ambition by funding a range of different initiatives, in areas from sport to music to mental health. We look forward to working with grant recipients on our shared goals over the coming months.

“Alongside our grant funding, we hope that the £400,000 we have provided to Community Safety Partnerships can be used to address local priorities for violence reduction in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, and Sheffield.

“This means that we have allocated more than £1 million in funding in this financial year alone. We believe that this will make a real difference to communities across South Yorkshire.”