The South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) has awarded more than £323,000 of funding to organisations across the county.

The funding has been awarded through the VRU’s grant round, the Violence Reduction Fund.

This aims to support young people aged 4-25, providing positive diversionary activities, role models, and mental health support.

The grant round has seen the VRU support 20 organisations. Projects supported include boxing and sport-based activities, homelessness reduction initiatives, and anti-knife crime work.

Graham Jones, Head of the South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit said: “The South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit’s yearly grant round forms an important part of our work to prevent and reduce violence.

“The Violence Reduction Fund allows us to strengthen our links with local organisations and communities, with a focus in 2023/24 on supporting young people.

“The funding we have provided this year has gone to some exciting and innovative projects in all four districts of South Yorkshire, which we hope will make a real difference to individuals and communities across the county.

“I look forward to working with and visiting these projects over the coming months.”