Working to equip and empower young people and communities to help reduce violence and build safer neighbourhoods is at the heart of what we do as a VRP.
We understand that at the roots of sustainable and positive change are trusted relationships and equal partnerships between local people and the organisations that work with them. Unless community members are valued and involved in the journey, we will not see the long-term reduction in violence that we all want. That’s why we are providing meaningful opportunities for young people, faith groups, residents and businesses, with a shared ambition to reduce violence, to come together and shape our work as a Partnership.
We believe that everyone has skills and talents that are valuable to the work of reducing violence; everyone has a role to play. We want to learn from each other and share best practice about what works to prevent violence. The Faith and Communities workstream oversees regional networks such as the Faith Alliance and Youth Assembly, but also supports local stakeholder networks, all committed to growing a movement for greater peace in the West Midlands.
In practical terms, this means we are:
- Raising awareness of the root causes of violence affecting young people and helping communities to understand the role they can play in preventing violence.
- Helping communities to recognise the many skills, assets and resources they already have that can help tackle violence.
- Training faith leaders to better understand vulnerability and trauma, and how they can respond in a trauma-informed, culturally competent way to the people they serve.
- Publishing resources such as a Toolkit, an online ‘Connect Directory’, films and radio to increase awareness among the public of the role of faith communities in preventing violence.
- To establish sustainable and meaningful channels for young people to share their voice and shape the VRP’s work.
- Learning from other areas of the country and sharing good practice.
If you are a professional…
We actively encourage greater partnership working between professionals and faith communities. We encourage you to visit our Faith Alliance page, to see our Theory of Change to understand how faith communities can help reduce violence. You can also explore our Connect Directory providing details of the diverse faith-based organisations working to reduce violence in the West Midlands and beyond. You can also find a link to our Toolkit which details ways that professionals and faith communities can work together to help reduce violence.
If you are a business person interested in how you and your organisation can help make the West Midlands a safer place, please visit our Businesses page.
If you are a parent/community member…
If you are a parent or carer interested in the services provided by faith-based organisations in your area, please visit our Connect Directory.
If you are a parent, carer or faith community member in how you can help prevent violence in your area, please have a look at our Toolkit or watch our short film.
There is always space for more people at this table. To get involved with the Faith Alliance, please contact the Violence Reduction Partnership [email protected]