ABOUT US

ABOUT US

WHO WE ARE

Tackling violence and the exploitation of children and other vulnerable people in Bedfordshire is absolutely crucial work that no person, group or organisation can solve on their own.

That is why the county’s Violence and Exploitation Reduction Unit (VERU) is potentially so pioneering and important. With funding from the Home Office the VERU has the financial backing as well as the energy and will of people across the county to succeed.

WHO WE ARE

Tackling violence and the exploitation of children and other vulnerable people in Bedfordshire is absolutely crucial work that no person, group or organisation can solve on their own.

That is why the county’s Violence and Exploitation Reduction Unit (VERU) is potentially so pioneering and important. With funding from the Home Office the VERU has the financial backing as well as the energy and will of people across the county to succeed.

OUR WORK

During 2019 to 2020 Bedfordshire VERU worked in partnership to with numerous organisations across the county to deliver a wide range of community projects supporting young people. 

Below is an infographic detailing the activities of Bedfordshire VERU.  

OUR WORK

During 2019 to 2020 Bedfordshire VERU worked in partnership to with numerous organisations across the county to deliver a wide range of community projects supporting young people. 

Below is an infographic detailing the activities of Bedfordshire VERU.  

OUR TEAM

OUR PURPOSE

Our overall goals is to prevent violence and exploitation, reduce the harm caused and thus improve the health and wellbeing of communities across Bedfordshire.

In our first six months our team of youth intervention specialists worked directly with more than 40 young people from across the county. We also funded more than 40 projects run by statutory services and grassroots groups, which between them engaged with more than 12,000 children and young people in Bedfordshire

OUR TEAM

Kimberley Lamb

Head of Bedfordshire's Violence & Exploitation Reduction Unit
Kimberley Lamb the head of Bedfordshire Violence Exploitation and Reduction Unit

Jonathan Vale

Head of Communication & Engagement
Jonathan Vale the head of communications and engagement for Bedfordshire VERU

Betasha Case

Youth Intervention Specialist Co-ordinator
Betasha Case youth intervention specialist for Bedfordshire VERU

Kimberley Lamb

Head of Bedfordshire's Violence & Exploitation Reduction Unit
Kimberley Lamb the head of Bedfordshire Violence Exploitation and Reduction Unit

Jonathan Vale

Head of Communication & Engagement
Jonathan Vale the head of communications and engagement for Bedfordshire VERU

Betasha Case

Youth Intervention Specialist Co-ordinator
Betasha Case youth intervention specialist for Bedfordshire VERU

Lisa Robinson

Exploitation Lead
Lisa Robinson exploitation lead for Bedfordshire VERU

Roseann Taylor

Youth Intervention Specialist
Roseann Taylor mother of Azaan Kaleem who was murdered in Luton

Sheldon Thomas

Gangs Consultant - Gangsline Founder
Sheldon Thomas youth intervention specialist and the CEO of Gangsline

Dr Megan Gingell

East of England Public Health Registrar
Dr Megan Gingell the public health registrar

Benita Branagan

Performance Analyst
Performance-Analyst

Ade Abitoye

Data Scientist - Public Health Analyst
Data Scientist

Lisa Robinson

Exploitation Lead
Lisa Robinson exploitation lead for Bedfordshire VERU

Dee Bailey

Business Support Assistant
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Draza Bjelobaba

Youth Counsellor
Bedfordshire VERU-Youth Counsellor

Ade Abitoye

Data Scientist - Public Health Analyst
Data Scientist

Dee Bailey

Business Support Assistant
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FACTS & FIGURES

A teenage girl sitting on a street path

Bedfordshire was one of 18 areas across the country identified as having a particular problem with gun, gang and knife crime. The Government awarded different groups in these areas funding to take a public health approach to tackling the root causes of these issues.

The VERU’s work in its first six months helped reduce the number of serious youth violence incidents by around 9 per cent compared to the same period in 2018/19. The VERU has subsequently been awarded a further £880,000 to continue its work for another year.

FACTS & FIGURES

A teenage girl sitting on a street path

Bedfordshire was one of 18 areas across the country identified as having a particular problem with gun, gang and knife crime. The Government awarded different groups in these areas funding to take a public health approach to tackling the root causes of these issues.

The VERU’s work in its first six months helped reduce the number of serious youth violence incidents by around 7 per cent compared to the same period in 2018/19. The VERU has subsequently been awarded a further £880,000 to continue its work for another year.

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COMMUNITY PROJECTS FUNDED
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POUNDS INVESTED IN PROJECTS

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