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Essex Youth Service Covid-19 update

04 May 2020
Essex Youth Service

Essex Young Carers Service

Is still open and supporting young carers and young adult carers around the County.



We are open and supporting young people and schools!!!

In this unprecedented time, we are pleased to say we have adapted our offer to young people and running services where possible. A detailed look at what can be accessed at this time is detailed in the sections below.

Goodman Project

Good Man is a five week male mentoring programme for boys and young men who are at risk of entering into abusive relationships in the future and/or are at current risk within an abusive relationship. It can be delivered on either a group work or 1:1 basis, depending on need.

We are still accepting referrals and happy to work with young people. Currently this is an online offer only.

Further details of the programme and referrals can be made here.

Sisters In Strength

This is our girls work version of the Goodman project for girls and young women who are at risk of entering into an abusive relationship, becoming a potential perpetrator within a relationship or are currently in an abusive relationship. Covering areas including

  • Making relationships work
  • Relationships in a digital world
  • Confidence
  • Manners and respect
  • Consequences
  • Healthy relationships

Further details of the programme and referrals for anyone needing online support can be made here.

Virtual Duke of Edinburgh’s Award - Open to new participants

During this time do you know a 13-24 year old who wants to do something fun and meaningful?

They can sign-up to our virtual Duke of Edinburgh's Award with all sessions being carried out online!

Participants will start their expedition, physical, skill and volunteering sections immediately. All sections can be safely carried by the individual at home. With the practical training and expeditions being completed at a later date.

Plus it's only £35. A massive saving of 78% of our standard DofE registration price. Valid until 25th April 2020. This is open to 13+ for the bronze award, 14+ for the silver award and 16+ for the gold award.

Share with your students, children and any other young people by signing up here .

Fully Funded Duke of Edinburgh’s Summer Programme – for disadvantaged individuals

Refer a young person to this amazing opportunity...

Do you work with a young person who could benefit from The DofE Award? And who would jump at the opportunity to start?

We are offering 28 funded spaces on our 2020 DofE Award Summer Programme – open to disadvantaged young people in Essex. Young people must be aged between 13*-24 years old. *13 year olds in current year 9

The programme is open to the most disadvantaged young people in Essex who are living on the margins of society. This includes young people in foster care, leaving care, not in education or employment and young people with disabilities.

Successful applicants will work towards achieving the expedition section of their bronze award during July and August 2020. It will involve training for, and completing a challenging walking expedition that will provide each young person with an amazing opportunity for learning and personal development.

For further information and to refer a young person, Sign up here. Deadline 5th June 2020.

Support for Year 11 leavers and Post 16-24 year olds

Would you like support into training, education, and employment with the help of a young person’s advisor? Our Opportunity Ready programme will pair you with an advisor who will give you hands-on, one to one support to help you find the right training, education and employment opportunity. It could help you find work experience and gain valuable skills to secure your future and build a career.

Full details on how to get involved can be found here.

Online Activities for all


Looking for something fun and qwerky to do to pass the day. Why not get involved in some of our online sessions. The full list of activities is updated weekly and can be found here.

Post 16 traineeship support

We would normally be running a 10 week course in May for any young person 16-24 who are NEET. The course is designed to maximise your potential and prepares you for the future Whilst we can’t be certain of specific dates yet, we would welcome individuals to express an interest so that you can be supported at the earliest opportunity.

**Please note: we cannot accept anyone in year 11 due to them still being on the school role at this time**

You can find out more and get in touch with us here.

Year 6/7 Transition work

For young people making the jump to secondary school, we normally offer a 6 week face to face group work session. This will resume as soon as possible.

For now, we are able to offer 1-1 support online to any year 6’s. Covering areas like managing endings and celebrating success, this may be a useful tool for some individuals.

Details of our normal offer can be found here.

Essex Young Carers Service

Arrangements during Covid–19 emergency period.

All casework and assessments are being maintained by Key Workers wherever possible but delivered using ‘digital’ means – Phone, Zoom, Skype, online etc (with agreement of young carers and family). 

Our 4 local teams are providing age specific-primary/secondary/young adult - activity/respite sessions and catch-ups for young carers via Zoom at least twice a week in each area and communicating availability to those known to us.
Information, advice and useful resources are being shared with young carers and their families via our free Essex Young Carers App (Piota Deeper Engagement).
New referrals for support are still being accepted via our online form.
All our teams are ensuring they keep in contact with and support those most in need.
Additionally, Youth Service online weekly activities for all Essex young people can be accessed here.