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2020 Newsletters


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

Sisters In Strength has launched!

Sisters In Strength is a five week mentoring programme for girls and young women aged 13-18 who are at risk of entering into an abusive relationship, becoming a potential perpetrator within a relationship or are currently in an abusive relationship.

This programme successfully launched on Monday 10th February and will include 1 to 1 sessions or group work of discussions on subjects like:

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

This project aims to educate, support and equip skills to girls and young women about the value of respect, characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships and develop and maintain healthy relationships. They will also be able to recognise how to break up in an appropriate way when necessary and maintain appropriate open lines of communication.

For further details on this fully funded programme email:

Greensward Academy awarded the Gold National Young Carers in Schools Award!

On Wednesday 29th January we held the first ever National Young Carers in Schools Award Ceremony and what an amazing turn out we had. 19 schools attended, 18 of which received their Bronze Award Plaques.

Congratulations to Greensward Academy who are the very first school to receive their gold award! We just want to thank all schools that have taken part in The National Young Carer in Schools award, and want to congratulate them on their continuing commitment to supporting Young Carers throughout Essex.

Additionally, a massive congratulations to the staff members who work so hard on trying to make such a positive impact on the lives of Young Carers and well done for being recognised in the Essex Chronicle!

Become a Virtual DofE Participant today!

Do you know someone who has always wanted to start their DofE award and their time is limited? Is there no availability at their school? Or do they live too far from a local DofE centre?

If so, they can become a virtual DofE participant and start their DofE journey immediately! This is available for the Bronze, Silver and Gold!

Flash sale - ONLY £35 until 25.03.20 ( a saving of 63%) - inclusive of sign-up and all expedition training!

To celebrate the launch of this new programme, Register to become a DofE virtual participant for only £35 which includes ALL expedition training. This introductory offer is only available until 25/03/2020 so be quick!

Targeted Youth Advisers boosting employability of high risk Youth Offenders


Starting in January 2020, three Targeted Youth Advisers have started an eighteen month secondment with the Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Programme of the Youth Offending Team in Essex.

Kate Lincoln, Jo Speed and Mike Hector are working with the existing team, headed by Jane Ryan to boost the employability skills of the young people. They are leading both group work and one-to-one sessions working to break down barriers to employment. This is as part of the process of giving alternatives to, and avoiding, re-offending.

The NCS Team are recruiting new staff!

I would encourage anyone to be on the staff team because you don't know the positive influence you could have on young people. You can be their catalyst to realising that there is a better future out there for them if they work hard and dream big”. - NCS Team Leader 2019

So, if you’re interested in having a fantastic experience working with young people this summer please follow the links to the positions we have available.

NCS Engagement Officer- Closing Date 19/03/20

NCS Team Leader -  Closing Date 30/03/20

NCS Assistant Team Leader- Closing Date 1/04/20

Young Essex Assembly's first sitting of 2020!

The Young Essex Assembly (YEA) held their first sitting of 2020 in the Council Chambers at County Hall. The members discussed that their County wide project for the year was going to be Climate Change & the Environment. During the sitting the young people had a very insightful presentation for the Climate Change & Environment Team at Essex County Council which gave them lots to think about for their future project plans.

On the 18th January some of the UK Youth Parliament Members attended the British Youth Council Convention in Pimlico where the British Youth Council held their Youth Star Awards with the Young Essex Assembly Members winning the Group Project Award for their work in developing and delivering the Youth Voice Conference. YEA member James went onto win a Youth Star Award for Personal Development and staff members Anna Coates & Kirsty Loughton won the Youth Voice Champion Award. 

Rachel (Our YEA member) was invited to attend the Essex Teaching Awards in February at Hylands House, to hand out the Pupils Choice Award as well as give an inspirational speech about her education and how it has impacted on her life.

"Being fostered changed my life"

Kerry Thacker, from Great Dunmow is now 28 but she was 13 when she was taken into care because her mother, who had mental-health issues, could not look after both her and her younger brother.

She is urging people to give serious thought to becoming foster carers, so that more young people can be helped in the way she was.

She says: “Being fostered changed my life. I thank my foster parents from the bottom of my heart because I know if I hadn’t lived with them my life would have been so different.”

Kerry adds: “So many children need foster carers like I did, so please come forward and help change a young person’s life.”

In 2020, up to 500 children in Essex are expected to come into care. Essex County Council needs more foster carers to help transform these children’s lives.

Foster carers are needed on a full and part-time basis for either short or long-term placements. They can be single, married, from a same-sex family or retired and Essex County Council offers 24hr support, high-quality training and families can receive up to £480 per child per week.

Call our friendly team on 0800 801 530 to find out more or pop along to one of our information events where you can meet the team, ask any questions and speak with current foster carers.

What else has the Young Essex Assembly been up to?

During February half term 26 Young Essex Assembly Members travelled to Bradwell Outdoors for three days to intensively plan their County wide project on Climate Change & the Environment. We were lucky to have Alison from the Royal Horticultural Society who worked with the members to help them plan and share some great practicable skills and knowledge. The Royal Horticultural Society and Hyde Hall are going to be working with the YEA Members and a Climate Change & Environment Inspiration Day is planned for the Easter holidays!

The group worked very hard during the residential and were visited by Raygun a Creative Film Production Company. Raygun were commissioned by Essex County Council to produce a film on Violence & Vulnerability, getting the views of the young people of Essex. The production team were so impressed by the YEA Members that they then went onto cast some of them in their educational film. The members cast met up the following Saturday and had an amazing day working on film sets, going on location and learning so much about producing a film. The film is due out at the end of March.

The newly formed Climate Change Commission for Essex has begun! Two Young Essex Assembly Members, Prajwal and Daniel have been elected as Co-Chairs for the commission alongside Lord Randall. On Tuesday 10th March the two Co-chairs went to the House of Lords to meet with Lord Randall. They had an amazing day with a mini tour of Parliament and the House of Lords. There was also a working lunch at the Terrace Restaurant with Lord Randall discussing the Commission and their roles.

Young Carers Wildlife Park Experience

During February half term, 18 Young Carers aged 7-12 had a special experience at the Paradise Wildlife Park. They were lucky to explore the zoo after opening hours and experience up-close animal encounters at a private show before settling in for the night. They woke up to the sounds of the animals and spent the day exploring the World of Dinosaurs attraction and feeding some of the animals.

If you think you might be a young carer or know someone who could benefit from our support, visit our website to find out more.

Are you 15-17? Grab your NCS place NOW!


500,000 15-17 year olds have already done it, why not you? Grab your place!

If you'd like to know more about NCS you can visit our website or you can visit the NCS website. You can also email or call on 03330131496 for more information.

Autism Awareness Workshop

Debbie from PACT run an autism awareness workshop for Young Carers who help care for a member of their family diagnosed with Autism. This was a relaxed session aimed at learning more about Autism. It allowed the young people to discuss their caring role and ask any specific questions in a safe environment a meet other Young Carers who have a similar caring role.



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