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Read our September 2019 Essex Youth Service Newsletter

27 September 2019
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What's new in the Youth Service

Youth Service

Helping young people in Essex to get the most out of school, work and life.


New Plan B traineeship launching in October. Are you 16-24 and not in college, work or training?

Plan B Traineeship

Plan B is an innovative 10-week programme that aims to inspire and empower young people down their chosen path. 80% of participants finish the programme starting a job or a college course.

“Plan B helped me get back on track from not knowing what I wanted to do and made me realise I have people who can support me even after the course had finished.” Charlotte, Chelmsford Plan B

Plan B runs in Basildon, Harlow, Colchester, Chelmsford and Braintree with limited spaces available. To make a referral, email:

Good Man launching bespoke girls project

Have you heard? Due to the overwhelming demand for the Good Man programme, we are delighted to be launching a girl’s only project to follow in its footsteps. Similarly to Good Man, this girls’ only project will mentor girls and young women about the value and characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships. The project seeks to educate and transform young people’s views of what constitutes healthy communication, behaviours and relationships.

This 5 week project will be available to girls aged 13-18 in greater Essex areas. Referrals opened in October 2019, keep an eye on our website for further developments

Youth Workers on the front line at Basildon Hospital

As part of a one-year pilot project, The Police Fire and Crime Commissioners office have commissioned Essex Youth Service to work in Basildon hospital, to support young people aged 13 – 19 years, and up 25 years with special educational needs.

Since July 2019, Pippa Meades and Sarah Milford have been working in A&E and on the children’s wards and have engaged with 80 young people who are victims of youth violence or who are showing vulnerabilities such as mental health issues, sexual health issues or risky behaviours.

The objective is to create a support plan once they have left the hospital. This support could involve linking in with existing community and statutory services, providing access to youth groups and/or referrals to 1-to-1 work. Engagement with the service is completely voluntary.

One parent, when asked about the service said, “they are great!”. The hospital staff have said, “You have been really helpful and go above and beyond your role to help”.

For further information, contact:

Become a volunteer for Essex Youth Service

Are you passionate about inspiring young people? Do you think you could make a positive difference?

We’re recruiting for volunteers across the Colchester and Tendring areas. You will receive youth work training and only need to spare a couple of hours a week.

Make a difference to communities within Essex. Express your interest, contact:

WEX Diary

Launch of the Work Experience Diary

Our Work Experience Diary is an integral part of study programmes to support young people before, during and after their work experience placement.

The 16 page support is a personal journal for the student. It covers the following areas:

  • Preparing their journey
  • Roles & Responsibilities
  • Self-assessment
  • Learning goals
  • Reviews
  • Action planning
  • Employers Reports
  • Responding to the employer

The diary is available in units of 100 for £200 + VAT

To purchase, email:

704 NCS participants make an amazing contribution to Essex communities

NCS Graduation

704 young people raised over £12,000 for 50 local charities this summer. They spent a combined 31,000 hours volunteering and supporting those in need.

On Saturday 21st September their efforts were recognised at the NCS Graduation event held at Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford. We have photos coming to our Essex Youth Service Facebook Page so don’t forget to check them out!

Are you 15-17 years old or have a younger sibling, son or daughter that would like to do NCS? Sign-up to NCS Summer 2020 for just £50!

DofE Expedition

Launch of our first free DofE Summer Programme for young people with additional needs

Our first DofE summer programme for a group of 15 disadvantaged young people took place in July and August and was a huge success! The project was completely funded by an external donor which made the DofE award possible for this group of 13 - 19 year olds.

In just two weeks the group of strangers went from expedition novices to achievers of their first walking expedition. For most, it was their first time away from home working in a team. They all rose to the challenge and dug deep to get the job done. The DofE team at Essex Youth Service aims to run another project of this kind in summer 2020.

We run the DofE Award all year round at eight youth centres across Essex.  

Discover more about our DofE Award Programme and the bursary available

Essex Youth Service Finalists for C&YP Now Awards

We are proud to announce that Essex Youth Service are finalists in the C&YP Now Awards. The Young Carers Team is a finalist in the Public Service Team Of The Year Award, and the Plan B project is a finalist in The Advice and Guidance Award.

The awards are to be presented on the 28th of November.

Children and Young People Now Awards

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