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 the head of Bedfordshire Violence Exploitation and Reduction Unit
Kimberley Lamb, head of the VERU
Jonathan Vale the head of communications and engagement for Bedfordshire VERU
Jon Vale, head of communications
Betasha Case youth intervention specialist for Bedfordshire VERU
Tasha Case, YIS team coordinator
Bedfordshire VERU-Youth Counsellor
Draz Bjelobaba, Youth intervention specialist
Lisa Robinson exploitation lead for Bedfordshire VERU
Lisa Robinson, Bedfordshire exploitation lead
Roseann Taylor mother of Azaan Kaleem who was murdered in Luton
Roseann Taylor, Youth intervention specialist
Data Scientist
Ade Abitoye, lead public health analyst
Sheldon Thomas youth intervention specialist and the CEO of Gangsline
Sheldon Thomas, Youth intervention specialist
Performance-Analyst
Benita Branagan, public health analyst
Demi Hopper, youth intervention specialist
Demi Hopper, Youth intervention specialist
Dee Bailey, business and services support

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.

1
COMMUNITY PROJECTS FUNDED
1
PEOPLE REACHED
1
POUNDS INVESTED IN PROJECTS

GET IN TOUCH

Subscribe to our newsletter

Scroll to Top