The South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) has visited ISRAAC in Sheffield.

ISRAAC means ‘unity’ in Somali. The organisation runs a community hub serving the whole of the city, located at the bottom of Cemetery Road on the edge of the city centre.

It offers a warm welcome to the Sheffield Somali community and embraces all residents in the local area.

The hub has been open for over 30 years in the historic Vestry Hall. It offers community services, and has rooms and a large hall available to hire.

The VRU visited the organisation as part of its efforts to support Operation Sceptre, a national week of police action to tackle knife crime which ran from 16th to 22nd May.

Graham Jones, Head of the South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit said: “At the South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit, our ambition is to work in partnership with organisations and communities to prevent and reduce violence.

“As part of that work, we are always keen to visit groups across our county, particularly after the restrictions which have been placed on such visits over the last two years during the pandemic.

“I’m pleased that the VRU was able to visit ISRAAC as part of Operation Sceptre week, to see the range of services and support that this long-standing community hub offers to local residents in Sheffield.”