Working together to reduce crime


09 September 2021

Optivo is proud to be one of nine housing associations in partnership with London’s Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) to work with communities, identifying and putting in place projects to drive down violence.


We’ll be working together to develop measures such as mentoring support for young people, the development of skills to help young people better manage conflict, counselling to prevent reoffending, training for parents and the wider community to identify risk factors and the provision of safe spaces for young people. 


As a housing association, we’re uniquely placed to help due to our relationships with grassroot organisations supporting the community, as well as managing homes in key areas.


The VRU – set up by the Mayor in 2018 and the first of its kind in England – works with London's communities and partners to tackle the causes of violence, and to promote positive opportunities. We’ve joined forces with them as part of a three year plan.


Bringing together housing associations with the VRU will improve collaboration in efforts to reduce violence across seven boroughs – Brent, Hackney, Islington, Lambeth, Southwark, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:

“Housing associations can deliver local solutions to tackling these issues and share our approach to diverting vulnerable young Londoners away from violence by providing them with help and support at key moments in their lives.”