South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit and Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner support Sheffield Community Celebration Event

The South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) and Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) have attended a Community Celebration Event in Sheffield.

Organised by Sheffield City Council, this brought together residents, tenants’ associations, community, charity and voluntary organisations to hear more about the work taking place in Sheffield, and celebrate the efforts made to support people during the pandemic.

The Event was held as a drop-in at St Mary’s Church, off Bramall Lane.

The VRU and OPCC had a joint stall at the Event, chatting to attendees’ about the work they are doing, and listening to residents’ views and concerns.

Graham Jones, Head of the South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit said: “I’m pleased that the VRU was able to support the Community Celebration Event in Sheffield, bringing people together after the restrictions of the last two years.

“This was a good opportunity to chat to people about the work the Unit is doing, and build the relationships with organisations and communities which are at the centre of our work to prevent and reduce violence in South Yorkshire.”

Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner said: “The last two years have been incredibly difficult for so many people in our communities.

“It is important to recognise the extraordinary efforts not just of the Police, NHS and other public services, but also the charity, voluntary and community sectors, without which we would not have come through the challenge of the pandemic.

“The Community Celebration Event was an opportunity to do just that, and I’m pleased that my office and the VRU were able to attend, to speak to local residents and take their views on board.”