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December 2019 Essex Youth Service Newsletter

Youth Service

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

Plan B celebrates being Highly Commended at national awards ceremony!

Our Plan B Team have been nationally recognised winning the Highly Commended ‘Advice and Guidance Award’ at the Children & Youth People Now Awards 2019. We are so proud of them and their hard work supporting young people. ECC Councillor Ball joined the Plan B table to celebrate their amazing achievement.

We are currently recruiting for our January programme, if you know any 16-24 year-olds who are not in any employment, education or training, we can help them.

See full details on our web page 


A growing number of schools achieve the National Young Carers in Schools Award

Young Carers

Congratulations to Greensward Academy on achieving Bronze and Silver in the National Young Carers in Schools Award. Counsellor Malcom Maddox, Councillor Carole Weston and Lynda Ketteridge presented the school with their plaques.

Councillor Ray Gooding awarded Basildon Lower and Upper Academy with a Bronze and Silver Award. Assistant Director of Education for South, Lisa Fergus awarded Felmore Primary and Northlands Primary with a Bronze Award. Assistant Director of Education Catherine Huttley awarded Baddow Hall Junior and Cathedral Primary with a Bronze Award. A huge congratulations to all schools who have achieved or submitted for the Award.

Why submit for an award?

  1. A school will be better equipped to identify who their young carers are, as most of them are hidden.
  2. The award helps schools set up simple and effective provisions for young carers in school, so they are better supported.
  3. It is a completely cost-free award where a school can receive national recognition for their good practice with young carers and receive cost-free guidance & support on the award from Essex Young Carers dedicated Schools Development Coordinators.

If you are a school and would like further details, please contact

National Citizen Service - Autumn Delivery

Autumn Bespoke Projects

Over the Autumn, 109 NCS participants took part in three different bespoke programmes across Essex.  These programmes were delivered at USP – SEEVIC Campus, Market Fields, Chelmsford College and Edith Borthwick. 

Young people from USP College were all Level 1 learners and completed NCS as part of their enrichment hours required to complete their course. They completed 3 different social action projects.These included building benches and planting trees, creating an awareness campaign around invisible disabilities and a project at Hopes Green Care Home spending valuable time with the residents. Read more about what the NCS team got up to! 

If you are a school or college and interested in running your own bespoke NCS programme contact us on

Young people striving for improvements in SEND provision

Good practice seekers

Good Practice Seekers are children/young people who have taken part in a training programme and created an inspection checklist to identify good practice across Essex schools and provide recommendations for improvements to SEND provision.

Working together with the Multi Schools Council, our Good Practice Seekers have carried out their first four school inspection visits. They are now busy writing up their reports and recommendations. In January 2020, the schools will receive their report and certificates with a maximum 5 Gold Star rating for meeting SEND needs and inclusion.

The mission statement the young people created is:

Good Practice Seekers aim to unite EVERYONE with the target of achieving equal opportunities in education.

Their goals are:

  • All children & young adults to have a voice
  • Help schools to make improvements
  • Make schools a better & happier place
  • Make sure no one is bullied and discriminated against
  • Make sure everyone gets the help they need

If you would like to find out more, contact:

Basildon Local champions are being celebrated!

70 years

As part of Basildon New Town's 70th Anniversary, Basildon Council and Eastgate Shopping Centre are celebrating 70 years with 70 Basildon Heroes.

Throughout 2019 we have received Basildon Hero nominations from members of the public, for the work we, and our partner organisations do for young people in Basildon.

All of our nominated Basildon Heroes will be honoured at a reception with the Mayor in late 2019. The nominations include: Gateway SEN Youth Club, Basildon Borough Youth Council and Rachel Ojo for her work as an anti-bullying champion. Find out more about the nominees.

Rachel Ojo wins BBC Radio 1 Teen Hero Award


YEA member, Rachel Ojo has won the BBC Radio 1 Teen Hero Award. During her 4 years as a YEA member, Rachel, aged 17, campaigns for change and better futures for young people in the UK. Rachel was invited to London to receive her award at the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards, which was televised on BBC2 on Saturday 7th December at 4pm. Hear more from Rachel herself.

The Young Essex Assembly to campaign for our environment in 2020

The Young Essex Assembly (YEA) is the elected youth council for Essex and is supported by Essex Youth Service. There are 75 YEA members, representing all districts across Essex, who decide on the priorities for young people and campaign to make a positive difference.

On the 8th of November 2019, our YEA members joined other Members of Youth Parliament from across the country at the House of Commons to debate the top five issues voted for by young people in UK Youth Parliament “Make Your Mark” ballot. Taking place annually, It's the biggest youth consultation in the UK. 26,991 young people voted in Essex in 2019.

The issue of ‘Protect the Environment’ gained a staggering 12,665 votes - the highest Essex vote. ‘Protect the Environment’ will be the YEA’s focus for their 2020 campaign.

“We are excited to have climate Change as our YEA focus topic which is very prevalent in the media at the moment and very relevant to young people.” Tyler 2019

Youth Voice Development Day - 228 young people learn about youth voice and democracy

On the 13th November the YEA held their Youth Voice Development Day at Chelmsford City Race Course with 19 Secondary Schools across Essex taking part. Hosted by members of the YEA, a colossal 228 young people aged between 11 to 14 years old learnt about youth voice and democracy.

There are lots of opportunities to get involved in the YEA and we are always encouraging new young people to join us. Are you interested? Visit: or email: 

Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award Achievers attend St James’ Palace

On Tuesday 26th November at St James’ Palace, a ceremony was held to celebrate the incredible achievements of Essex young people who have completed their Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award. HRH The Earl of Wessex congratulated and spoke to our young people at length, before being presented their awards by David Lowe – mountaineer, explorer and serving member of the British Army. It takes at least 12 months of solid commitment to achieve the gold award, and involves true determination, teamwork and resilience to complete the 4-day, 3- night expedition. Between 2018-19, 3067 young people started their DofE Award, with 237 starting their gold.

Did you know we run the DofE Award all year round, we support schools to deliver a high-quality award, and deliver directly from eight youth centres. Sign up here!

Transform a child’s life, be the parent they need.

Stock image of woman and boy

In 2020, it is predicted that 500 Essex children will come into care. Essex County Council needs your help.

Many foster children have a difficult start in life. By taking in a child and giving them a safe, stable and nurturing home - perhaps for the first time - you could set them on the path to a better future.

Essex County Council can best match children to your family, the training is local, support is 24/7 and your family can receive up to £483 per week, per child. You don’t need any specific qualifications to foster, just patience, time and a commitment to improving children’s lives.

Pop along to an informal event where you can hear first-hand from people who foster and learn about some of the children who need homes. Social workers and foster carers will be on hand to chat and answer your questions.

Dates for 2020!

January 2nd - Girls Work programme launching:

Our successful male mentoring project is rolling out to girls!!! First group work sessions are being set up now. Delivery will take place over five weeks and will include:

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

For further details please email:

January 10th - Duke of Edinburgh's Gold celebration:

In addition to a visit to the palace, this is a local event recognising young people who have completed their Gold DofE award under the Essex County Council licence. This is a great occasion, held at Chelmsford Cathedral and enables the whole family to share in the celebration.

For more information, please email:

January to March - Prison No Way:

We are delivering a programme called ‘Prison No Way’ to eight schools in Braintree in January. Young people are becoming increasingly susceptible to being drawn in to criminal activity, whether they are aware of this or not. Over the duration of the programme, the young people involved will explore the realities of crime and dispel the myths surrounding it, gaining an increased knowledge of the impact it can have on their lives - now and in the future. This interactive programme is based on informal education techniques that empower young people to maximise their learning and gain positive outcomes.

If you are a school and would like ‘Prison No Way’ to run at your school, contact:

January 23rd - The Youth Matters Police, Fire and Crime Commissioners conference:

Targeted at Essex secondary schools, this conference aims to tackle the growing issue of gang activity. The day will include sessions that offer diversionary activities for young people at risk of getting involved in gang activity. Workshops will take place on Human Trafficking, Hate Crime and Online crime. Young people will be able to hear from national experts such as 'Show Racism the Red Card'. If you're a school and wish to go on the waiting list, contact:

January 27th - Plan B new start dates:

Our award-winning 10-week employability programme starts again in the New Year. This is free of charge to participants. All we ask for is a full commitment to the programme:

  • w/c 27th January in Clacton, Harlow and Maldon 
  • w/c 3rd February in Basildon 

 To refer a young person, contact:

During this festive season, we wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!





September 2019 Essex Youth Service Newsletter

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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June 2019 Newsletter




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

What young people have to say...

We asked and they spoke! Young people across Essex have given us their views.

16,698 young people across the county took part in the 'Young People's Survey' between Dec 2018 - March 2019 - a  61% increase in participation compared to the previous survey in 2016. The aim was to find out what young people do in their free time, understand barriers to participation and what they feel are the biggest issues facing them today.

Insight from this survey is pivotal in informing commissioning priorities worked on by the Youth Strategy Groups. The Youth Strategy Groups include representatives from Essex Youth Service, councillors and youth-focused groups and organisations. They discuss priorities for young people and commission projects that meet their needs.

Request a copy of the report:

The report presents headline findings from the survey questions, exploring overall responses from across the county.

Opportunities for young people

We deliver a series of interactive and educational courses for young people featuring senior youth workers and guest speakers. Are you interested in running any of the following programmes at your school/college? Or would you like to make a referral? Contact us to find out more: 

Prison No Way

A course which develops young people's understanding of the criminal justice system, awareness of the consequences of crime, as well as career paths in the criminal justice system. A group of year 12 students from USP college in Benfleet recently completed the course and said:  “I now know where to go to for help”,I now understand life ahead of me could be taken away”, Police are humans too”.

Essex Youth Service would like to say a huge thank you to the guest speakers who offered their time to support the programme including community police officers, victim support and local magistrates.

Go Girls

A self-esteem programme which focuses on promoting positive body image, self-confidence, managing emotions and types of positive communication methods. We are currently running a 10 week Go Girls self-esteem group with students from William De Ferrers school.

SEND Young Commissioners Training

Students from Thriftwood College completed a 10 week training programme to become Young Commissioners. The students are extremely passionate about affecting change and improving outcomes for SEND young people. On the 15th July the students will present their findings and ideas to council members at Essex County Council, County Hall in Chelmsford.

Would you like to attend this event to hear their views? Contact:

Good Man - Male mentoring

Good Man is a five week male mentoring programme for boys and young men (aged 13-18 years old) who are at risk of entering into abusive relationships in the future and/or are at current risk within an abusive relationship.

The programme educates young people about the value of respect and the characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships. Equipping them with the skills to develop healthy relationships and maintaining appropriate lines of communication. Make an referral

Member of Young Essex Assembly (YEA) elected as Chair of the UK Youth Select Committee

Rachel Ojo has been selected as the chair of the UK Youth Select Committee with a focus on knife crime. Congratulations Rachel!

Rachel will chair evidence sessions in parliament and help to formulate a report of recommendations to the Government about how they should tackle knife crime. As chair, Rachel aims to provide a true representation of the best course of action. The oral evidence sessions are being streamed live on parliament TV, the first session will take place on July 5th. Rachel is currently a member of the Young Essex Assembly representing Basildon.

The Young Essex Assembly (YEA) is the elected youth council for Essex and is supported by Essex Youth Service. YEA members decide on the priorities for young people and campaign to make a positive difference.

YEA Elections will be held in the autumn term of 2020 with applications being welcomed from June 2020. The deadline for applications will be October 2020.

Get involved in the YEA

Local volunteers recognised

Local volunteers of the Inclusive Club in Stanway, Colchester - Ben Billings and Paul Lord have been invited to attend a civic reception for the Borough's Voluntary sector at Colchester Town Hall in recognition of their volunteering efforts.

The Inclusive Club is based in Stanway Youth Centre, Colchester and provides a safe environment for young adults with additional needs. The club provides a space for young people to socialise, make new friends, try new activities and develop social skills. Ben and Paul deliver the session for 10-20 young people and young adults, demonstrating initiative and commitment. Congratulations!

The club runs on Monday evenings 7-9pm. To find out more, contact:

Young Carers Festival



On the 28th June we waved off over 90 young carers and 14 key workers from across Essex for  the Young Carers Festival weekend, near Southampton. They were the largest group to ever attend from any county.

The annual Young Carers’ Festival (YCF) is the biggest gathering of young carers’ in the world with up to 1600 young carers attending this amazing event annually. The Festival is organised in partnership by The Children’s Society and YMCA Fairthorne Group.

The Young Carers Festival gives young carers the chance to enjoy a break from their responsibilities, make new friends, and have their voices heard about the issues that affect them and their families.

Find out how we support young carers

National Citizen Service (NCS)

NCS is the country’s fastest-growing youth movement, a rite of passage for all teenagers aged 15-17 to discover who they are and what they can do. It’s your chance to explore, be inspired and find your passion.

SIGN UP NOW for just £20 for a limited time only or call the NCS team on 0121 386 6910.

Guidance - Working with Trans Gender young people

We have produced a set of guidelines to support those working with trans gender young people. This guidance contains information on key points for staff and promotes awareness of equality and diversity.

Request a copy of the guidance:

New Youth Service Manager

Julie Auger has been appointed as the Youth Service Manager. Congratulations Julie! We wish you every success in driving the service forward.

Job Vacancies

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March 2019 Newsletter



Inaugural Essex Youth Service Newsletter

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

Breck's Last Game - How to stay safe online

We are delivering a series of educational workshops to students across Essex starting 2nd April, to coincide with the release of Breck's Last Game - a film based on the real-life murder of 14 year-old Breck Bednar in Grays in 2014. Young people from 45 schools will take part in sessions aimed at educating them on how to stay safe online. The project has been commissioned by Essex Police and the Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner. The film, which will be rolled out in secondary schools across Essex, highlights the risks of grooming to young people and asks the question ‘Do you know who your online friends really are?’ Watch the trailer

To get your school involved, contact:

Record numbers of young people have their say

16,698 young people in Essex completed our 2019 Young People’s Survey and have told us what is important to them! Completed every three years, the results of our latest survey are pivotal in helping us shape the services we offer to young people. The 2019 report will be published at the end of April at: Stay tuned.

Do you know a young person between 15 to 24 years old, not in education, employment or training?


We can help! Plan B is a hands-on programme tailored to help 16-24 year olds who are not in Education, Employment or Training. Over a te week period we aim to inspire young people down their chosen career path; helping them develop English and Maths skills, complete four weeks work experience and to get qualified. All participants will leave with a L1 in Employability, L2 Food Safety in Catering Award and L1 Health & Safety qualification. 

Courses start wk/c 13th May at the following locations, make a referral today.

  • Chelmsford (Chelmer Gate youth centre)
  • Braintree (Chapel Hill youth centre)
  • Colchester (Stanway youth centre)
  • Maldon

Raising the profile of Essex Young Carers Service

We have recently delivered assemblies and staff training at Greensward Academy and Felmores Academy about Young Carers and the support that is available from our Young Carers Service. School staff gained a good understanding of the types of young carers and how to better identify and support them within their school setting.

Young Carers in Schools Award

Potter Street Academy in Harlow has achieved the Bronze Award for Young Carers in Schools. Awards enable schools to gain recognition for effective practice. Make a referral or contact us to find out more about the support we can offer your school.

Upcoming events and dates for the diary

There are countless opportunities for young people to get involved. Here's just a snapshot of what's coming up...

  • LGBT group and Gender group. To find out more, contact:, 077409 00725
  • LGBT Fun day during Easter half term. To attend, contact:, 077409 00725
  • National Citizen Service (NCS) Six start dates are running throughout the summer from 1st July, with the last programme starting 5th August. Each programme runs for four weeks. Sign-up
  • Start The Duke of Edinburgh's Award. Registrations are open all year round. Evening sessions are run weekly from seven youth centres across Essex. Sign-up

Get in touch and follow us

We'd love to hear from you. Contact our team: 03330 322800. Or via email:



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