Happy Christmas From The VRP
Hello again, and welcome to our December Update. I am sure that, while December is still a busy month for all of us, we are beginning to look forward to Christmas after such unprecedented times this year. What a challenge this has been for our partnership and communities, but I hope we can now look towards 2021 with more optimism. Like many of our partners, we have considered how we can best support those most in need at Christmas time – and also, those hardest hit by the pandemic.
Even ordinarily, so many people, young and old, find this time of year difficult, so 2020 with its ‘new normal’ is proving quite a challenge. As a result, we have provided additional support across our five local authority areas to organisations working with young people through place-based and detached youth provision and who place a focus on healthy relationships, positive attitudes and behaviours, and the importance of family. We’ve placed extra focus upon providing trauma-informed strategic support to schools, helping sports, culture and arts projects as well as funding parenting programmes and families of serving prisoners. Recognising that this unpredictable year has presented increased risks in our communities, we recently provided some much-needed support to local refuge provisions across Merseyside to help families suffering domestic abuse.
In our December edition, you’ll find updates relating to the excellent ‘Safe Together’ booklet, which we were proud to fund; you can meet Susan Cowell, our community and youth engagement lead, and one of our key partners, MSP from the sports sector, (virtually, of course). You have also received your invitation to our film premiere (above) – at least pressing play at home, or whichever office you’re in, is convenient! It intends to provide our wider partners and stakeholders with an insight into the VRP’s work, and help you to understand our place within the domain of reducing serious violence. We do hope you enjoy it.
We have taken the decision to reduce our carbon footprint this year by creating a digital Christmas card, which I am sending to you here on behalf of all of us at Merseyside VRP. What with a new film to watch and a festive card to provide some cheer we can’t be accused of not showering you with gifts this December!
That’s all from me for now, so let me take this opportunity to wish you and your family and friends a restful, safe and enjoyable Christmas and a happy, healthy 2021.