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2020 Newsletters

August 2020

GCSE Results Day 20th August

GCSE results day is fast approaching.

Our team of Employability and Skills Advisers will be on hand to offer information, advice and guidance to any young people who are undecided about their next steps and who would like the opportunity to discuss the options available to them for September.

 

  • On 20th & 21st August, our phones will be staffed from 8:00am-5:00pm
  • The following week we return to our standard hours of 9:00am-5:00pm

To speak to one of the team, call us on 0800 707 6384

Best of luck to everyone.

Year 6 Transition Activity Booklet

Essex Youth Service have launched a fun and interactive Year 6 Transition booklet.

Transitioning from primary to secondary school is a significant change for young people so the aim of the booklet is for those transitioning from Year 6 – 7 to work through fun and hands on activities to help prepare them for life in Year 7.

 

These activities will support the young person with their journey into secondary school by focusing on topics such as Coping with Change, Getting Organised and Making Good Choices. Whilst working through  the activities they will earn points which can then be used to claim their award certificate.

If you wish to find out more including how to get your hands on a starter pack, visit our webpage.

Virtual Work Experience

Our Work Experience Team at Essex Youth Service have had to work really creatively over the past few months to ensure young people are still able to access meaningful employer engagement. As such we are finalising a Virtual Work Experience offer to young people. This will allow us to utilise new technologies and give an insight into even more business across a greater range of sectors.

 

It will include interviews and discussions with experts from the sector as well as tasks and activities in that particular field.

Formally launching in September 2020, so keep following our social media channels to stay informed. For any initial enquiries please contact wex@essex.gov.uk

Employers – can you help young people in search of their next steps?

We have created a central place for employers that want to partner with Essex. With youth employment facing some real challenges, we want to hear from any businesses that can support young people in a vast range of ways.

The impact of having young people being able to gain an insight into industry and work cannot be underestimated. We want our future workforce to have the skills and creativity to make a real impact locally. Your experiences and time would be invaluable to pass on.

Some of these are very minimal and could include:

  • an employer talk on one of our employability courses
  • an assembly
  • hosting a young person on a placement
  • whether you can offer anything that would support a SEND young person in the workplace

We are keen to hear from you as we can be flexible to work around your schedule. If you can find a way to support, please complete the very short contact form and one of our team will be in touch.

Essex Youth Service Awarded Covid-19 funding to work with 10-14 year olds

Essex Youth Services have successfully secured The Youth Endowment Fund’s COVID-19 grant to facilitate and evaluate work which supports vulnerable young people at risk of youth violence, and that can be delivered whilst adhering to UK government social distancing and stay-at-home guidelines, utilising a range of online and virtual delivery methods.

Our bespoke offer will scale up elements of:

In addition to what is already available, we are now taking referrals from those in the 10 -14 year old age range via a virtual/online model.

Young people will be supported in groups and with 1-1 sessions, ensuring that we limit the impact of restricted access to schools and the provision of youth services, helping to support a cohort of young people who have become increasingly invisible during difficult times.

To make a referral, click on the bullet point above to go to the relevant page where our online form is situated.

 

July 2020

 

Results day & School Leavers 2020

This year A-Level results day is on 13th August, with GCSE results a week later on 20th August. Hopefully many individuals will have a clear idea of what their next step is going to be.

However, the current health situation may have left some school leavers unsure about their plans for September, and where they can go for advice.

The school will likely have something in place via a School Careers Advisor so please ensure people are making use of this. If you are still having trouble accessing support, the Employability and Skills Unit are currently working to ensure that as many young people as possible make a smooth transition with this. If you know any school leavers who don’t have a firm offer, and want help with this transition, get in touch, as the team work closely with colleges and training providers.

  • Did you realise that school or college leavers, who are under 18, unemployed and do not have a course or training programme to start in September 2020, may be entitled to claim Extension to Child Benefit? However, there is a time limit in which a claim can be registered.

For more information on available opportunities  or to find out about Extension to Child Benefit,  contact the Employability and Skills Team on 0800 7076384 or email KeepInContactTeam@essex.gov.uk

Targeted Youth Advisors working with the Youth Offending Service

Further to the announcement in the last newsletter, two experienced Targeted Youth Advisers (Kate Lincoln and Mike Hector) are aligned with the Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Programme of Essex Youth Offending Service. They have been working throughout the county during lockdown with high risk young people by both supporting them as well as the equally important role of public safety. Initially starting with spot checks, as the lockdown eases, more time has been spent on longer sessions around employability and education, along with  discussions around healthy relationships, life skills and supporting young people's’ emotional health.

We are hoping this new partnership will bring a mutual benefit to both services in supporting some of our more vulnerable young people in Essex.

Detached Youth Work during Covid 19

Since March, staff from Essex Youth Service have adapted to provide support and guidance to young people across the county.

As soon as action was permitted, detached youth work sessions were put in place in local parks, housing estates and community areas. The weekly programme has enabled young people (13-19 years) to let us know how they are doing and for support, guidance and signposting to be provided where appropriate. Partnership agencies including Essex Police and local youth organisations have been supporting this work across the North East, Mid, South and West of the county.

As well as ‘checking in’ with young people, we have been publicising our weekly Zoom sessions for those who wish to access online activities. As these last few months have had an impact on many people, we are also providing time and space for young people to express concerns they may be having with issues such as school, their local environment, changes in daily life and related fears and experiences.

We will continue to follow government guidelines as lockdown restrictions ease, while developing our work and ensuring Essex Youth Service plays in key role in supporting young people to be happy, healthy and safe.

Early Intervention work

We are pleased to announce that for the next 12 months, we are now in a position to extend our age range for a few of our targeted projects. In addition to the current age ranges, we will be accepting referrals for 10-14 year olds on:

Sisters in Strength - mentoring programme for girls and young women who are at risk of entering into an abusive relationship

Goodman Project - a 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

Prison No Way - educating young people by exploring the realities of crime and offering real practical insight into the consequences including risk of youth violence

The delivery method for some of these may need to be delivered virtually and online.

To find out more detail, visit the Schools section on our website or click on the relevant links above.

ONE MILLION HOURS OF DOING GOOD

With the country starting to get back on its feet, and lockdown slowly being lifted, everyone - from your neighbours to the local shops - is going to need a little more help to get back to whatever ‘normal’ is going to be. But what if you want to help, but aren’t quite sure how to do that?

Well, this is your chance to help get the country back to business, once it’s safe to do so. All you have to do is make a pledge to donate some of your time over July and/or August through volunteering and social action. You’ll pick up new skills, help rebuild local communities, create positive change and get all of our futures off to a good start.

Sounds good right? Sign up today and let us know when you’re available, and we’ll get in touch as soon as we can with opportunities to get involved with.

And, if you have any questions about getting involved, check out our FAQs.

Detached Youth Work in North East Essex

As lockdown restrictions has eased, the North-East Youth Service Team have been doing detached youth work in various areas across the Tendring and Colchester districts, including Mersea, Tiptree, Colchester, Harwich, Clacton-on-Sea, Walton, and Frinton! We have so far met with groups of young people whilst following social distancing and talking to them about how they are finding lockdown, any stresses for their work and education, as well as sharing what we are doing in our online work. We have partnered up with local organisations which helps show the young people how many organisations are available for them if they need support. If you would like to find out more about our detached work in the North East, please contact Patrick.kielty@essex.gov.uk.

Essex Youth Service Annual Data Report 2020

The below graphic is from the Youth Service annual data report. It includes some of the amazing achievements that the Essex Youth Service have achieved in the year 2019. To read the full report please visit our website.

Rochford District Youth Council are giving young people a voice to make a difference

Rochford District Council is now approaching its 3rd year and is building on the successes of the young people and their passion for their peers, their district and the issues that affect both.

The Youth Council aims to give younger people a voice in the community, to make a difference. You need to be aged between 12-18 to take part.

This is excellent opportunity for all younger people to have their say about issues that affect them and their communities. The Youth Council aims to raise the profile of young people to ensure that local decision makers recognise that younger people are the future generation and are an important part in the District’s future.

For more information, visit their webpage.

Lead nurse Jack Saunders talks about about Covid-19

During the lockdown period, we were extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to talk to Jack Saunders, the lead nurse for children and young people at the Spire Hartswood Hospital, an independent hospital in Brentwood. 

Some of the topics discussed included:  

  • How we can do our bit to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, which was essentially to keep following the government advice  
  • He explained to us what ‘flattening the curve’ really means – we’re trying to take as many preventative measures as possible to lower the death rate so the ‘curve’ does not get so high but this also means that COVID-19 could be around for longer and that ultimately, there won’t be a hard and fast solution to it until a vaccine is developed  
  • He explained to us how his hospital is a ‘clean hospital’ during the outbreak – they are no longer admitting patients with COVID-19 and are instead taking on units from other local hospitals, such as cancer and dermatology, to continue normal hospital services, whilst other hospitals focus on containing the virus. Many of us didn’t realise this partnership between the private and public healthcare sectors was developing during the outbreak, so that was really interesting to discover!  

We’re very grateful to Jack for giving up his time to talk to us, especially as this is such a busy, stressful time for key workers like nurses. Prior to meeting with the whole YEA, the South Essex YEA group were exploring the possibility of developing a project with Jack. We’re all looking forward to seeing how that project grows and develops in the future!  

Young Carers staff enjoying zoom sessions with young people

   

Young Carers in West have been having a great time on their Zoom calls throughout the COVID-19 period. These have included visits from Gamcare and Creation Station, Quizzes, Games and lots of fun! It’s a great chance for young carers to take part in respite activities without leaving their home and to catch up with their key worker.

#LibrariesFromHome

As our library buildings begin opening in tranches you can still access your library from home with the amazing resources from Essex Library Services online, all free of charge with your library membership! BorrowBox offers thousands of e-books and e-audiobooks from bestselling authors, such as Cassandra Clare and James Patterson. If you prefer comics and magazines then RB Digital is your one-stop shop! With magazines such as Heat and Men’s Health, and comics from publications such as Marvel, DC and Disney, there’s plenty to keep you entertained! Maybe you’ve read all the books, eaten all the snacks and are still twiddling your thumbs! Why not learn a new skill, language or hobby with our free online courses. There is so much you can get with your library membership, you’d be silly not to check out our website.

Not a member of Essex Libraries? Join online now.

OFSTED Inspector Michelle Winter answers your questions about schools and education

Michelle Winter, a Senior Her Majesty’s Inspector who oversees OFSTED school inspections in the East of England, came to our YEA meeting on Zoom to answer any questions we had about schools and education. She was very willing to listen to us and answer our questions, which was great!  

Some of the things that were discussed included:  

  • Attendance policy – before COVID-19, students could be recorded as having an unauthorised absence for a cough or cold and as coughing is a symptom of COVID-19, Michelle said that there would possibly be room for leeway in this policy once schools re-open
  • Reasons behind OFSTED ratings – Michelle explained the changes in OFSTED inspection policies which have made OFSTED reports much shorter, meaning the reasons for why a school has been rated a certain way should be very clear and exact under the different sections of the report
  • Schools rated Outstanding – currently, there is no rule saying OFSTED must re-inspect Outstanding schools and generally, OFSTED will only re-inspect an Outstanding school if they receive serious complaints about it, something OFSTED are pushing the government to change
  • Although this hasn’t been confirmed by the DfE, Michelle believes there will be some leeway for students whose studies have been impacted by COVID-19 when it comes to next year’s exams
  • There were concerns raised about teaching being biased towards certain viewpoints in subjects like History, RE and Politics and Michelle explained the in-depth processes of how OFSTED would assess this  

It was a really productive, interesting conversation and we are very grateful to Michelle for giving up her time to offer her professional opinion on young people’s concerns. As well as answering our questions, she was also very keen to ask us some questions about our experiences with OFSTED in the future, so we’re really excited about continuing this partnership with OFSTED!  

Essex Youth Service hopes everyone is staying safe and keeping well during these strange times.

 

 

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April 2020

 

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).

All teams are prioritising caseload to ensure they keep in contact with and support the most vulnerable – including any that recently ‘stepped down’

Quadrant 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 and communicating availability to those on caseload.

Information, advice and useful resources are being shared with young carers and their families via our free Essex Young Carers App (Piota Deeper Engagement)

School support towards Young Carers in Schools Award will be temporarily suspended and Co-ordinators will support work of Key Worker team.

All planned respite activities and group sessions cancelled for time being.

Referrals are still being accepted via our online form.

 

 

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March 2020

 

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: youth.work@essex.gov.uk

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 ncs@essex.gov.uk 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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