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Commissioning and Grants

The VRN commissions a range of projects and initiatives with the aim of advancing our work and/or testing the effectiveness of interventions. You can find details of current and previous opportunities below.

Violence Intervention Project (VIP): A&E and Custody




The VRN wishes to establish a single Provider Contract for the provision of The Violence Intervention Project (VIP) in our local A&E department and one of our police custody suites.

The Violence Intervention Project (VIP) is the VRN’s flagship intervention. Using the concept of ‘reachable moments’ they are examples of tertiary prevention interventions in that they seek to prevent repeat victimisation and/or recurrences of perpetration. These interventions draw on the growing evidence-base of what works in preventing serious violence and address local needs as highlighted through our most recent Strategic Needs Assessment.

The aim of VIP is to contribute to the prevention and reduction of serious violence by providing an evidence-informed, tailored programme of support which positively impacts upon the risk and protective factors associated with victimisation and offending. This will be achieved by the provider:

  • Drawing upon their expertise to engage young people who are at risk of or involved in serious violence in ‘reachable moments’ in A&E and in police custody

  • Identifying and providing an appropriate and credible key worker who will work with the young person to understand their needs and interests to develop intervention plans with clear goals and to:

  • Deliver activities to a young person to address risk factors and strengthen protective factors

  • Identify and facilitate access to opportunities/activities and supporting the young person to sustain positive behaviour change


The deadline for submission is 12:00 on 17 August 2022


All the relevant tender documentation can be found here:


Questions should be submitted via the on-line portal.


VRN Specialist Providers: Education, Training and Employment (ETE) and Sports and Physical Activity




The VRN is looking for 1 or 2 delivery partners to provide specialist services to young people engaged in the VRNs interventions. We know the important role that ETE provision and Sports and Physical activities can play in both preventing and reducing young people’s involvement in serious violence. The VRN already commissions a range of interventions aimed at offering young people timely and tailored support through reaching them in spaces such as  A&E, police custody and community settings. The aim of the specialist services is to contribute to the prevention and reduction of serious violence by providing expert advice and facilitating swift and concrete opportunities for education, training and employment and/or sport & physical activity for young people who are being supported by VRN interventions. This will be achieved by the specialist provider(s):

  • Drawing upon their expertise and network of partners to identify a wide-range of different education, training and employment opportunities and/or sport & physical activities.

  • Working directly with young people (aged 11-25 years old) to understand their needs and interests, and to build their confidence and capability to enable them to access opportunities and activities.

  • Supporting young people to participate in these opportunities and activities and to sustain engagement.


There are two lots in this tender (Education, Training and Employment (ETE) and Sports and Physical Activity) and potential providers may wish to submit bids for one or both of these.


The deadline for submission is 12:00 on 7 July 2022


All the relevant tender documentation can be found here:



Questions should be submitted via the on-line portal.


Youth Involvement Fund



We are looking for voluntary and community sector organisations to work with us over a six-month period to increase the involvement of young people (11-24 years) in the VRN partnership whilst simultaneously co-producing a sustainable Youth Involvement Framework designed by young people for young people. It is important that you are already embedded in local communities and regularly working with groups of young people, including those most affected by violence and other related issues. You will be passionate about the strengths and potential of young people and have a track record of providing participation and involvement opportunities which have a demonstrable impact on the design and delivery of your work. A willingness to work closely with the VRN central team and the other successful providers is critical. We are determined and ambitious in our mission and believe close collaboration is essential to success.

What do we hope to achieve?

This initiative has the dual aim of increasing involvement opportunities for young people whilst also co-producing a sustainable Youth Involvement Framework which will drive future work. We hope to achieve the following:

  • Delivery of a range of tangible youth involvement activity focusing on agreed topics related to violence, its causes and solutions to share knowledge, generate debate, gather insights and shape responses.

  • Development of a community-based Youth Forum for Violence Prevention

  • Creation of a Youth Involvement Framework which specifies how the VRN partnership engages and involves young people in the future.

  • Co-production of material for campaigns such as ‘Make a Stand Against Violence’ and our resource website for young people ( to increase their relevance to young people and their reach.

  • Involvement in regional and national initiatives to broaden the platform and young people’s influence on the system.

How much funding is available?

£50,000 has been allocated to this fund. Organisations can apply for grants up to the value of £10,000.

Interested organisations can find further guidance and the application form below.

Applications should be submitted by: Friday 26th November 2021 at 17:00

You can contact David O’Hanlon-Ribbins ( or Sumaya Bihi ( for additional information and support with the application process.



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