The South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) has supported an International Nurses’ Day event at Sheffield Hallam University.

International Nurses’ Day is celebrated around the world on 12th May, the birthday of Florence Nightingale. The theme for this year was “Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Invest in Nursing and Respect Rights to Secure Global Health”.

The VRU works closely with nurses through its A&E Navigator programme. Based in the emergency department at the Northern General Hospital, the A&E Navigators are a support service for people across South Yorkshire who find themselves in the Major Trauma Unit due to violence.

The celebration event, held in the Heart of the Campus building, brought together 700 staff and student nurses from all nursing disciplines at Sheffield Hallam University for a day of celebration.

There were a number of guest speakers, and activities including Mindfulness Walks, a fitness treasure hunt, arts and crafts, a book sale and a cake stall.

During the day, the VRU ran its own stall, speaking to visitors about the Unit, the initiatives it supports, and its work with local organisations and communities.

Graham Jones, Head of the South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit said: “I’m pleased that the Violence Reduction Unit was able to support this event at Sheffield Hallam University, to mark International Nurses’ Day and celebrate the important work nurses do, something that we see first-hand through our work on the A&E Navigators programme.

“Events such as this are a great way to bring people together, something we have all missed during the restrictions we have faced over the last two years, and it was fantastic to see so many people there.”