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Mental Health Awareness Week (13 - 17 May 2024)
The theme for this year is “Moving more for mental health”

Why movement?
One of the most important things we can do to help protect our mental health is regular movement.

Our bodies and our minds are connected, so looking after ourselves physically also helps us prevent problems with our mental health. Exercise releases “feel good” hormones, that reduce feelings of stress and anger. It also helps us feel better about our bodies. It can improve our sleep too. If it involves other people, like being part of a team, a class or group we see regularly, that can also boost our mental health.

Despite these benefits, so many of us struggle to move enough. We know there are many different reasons for this, so this Mental Health Awareness Week we want to help people to find moments for movement in their daily routines.

Mental Health Foundation have a great guide to give you some ideas to get started as well as tips on how to get the best mental health benefits from the movement you’re doing. It can increase your energy, reduce stress and anxiety and boost your self-esteem.

You can also use the Active Essex Activity Finder to discover what physical activity and sport opportunities are available near you.
For further support and information you can contact:

T: 0300 123 3393 (9am to 6pm Monday – Friday)

Young Minds
T: 0808 802 5544 (9:30am to 4pm Monday - Friday)

0800 1111 (Open 24/7)

Youth Employment UK - Your Voice Survey
The largest Youth Voice survey is open and we are ready to hear your views and experiences of being a young person in the UK.
This is your chance to share how you feel about where you live, work, study. What is really working for you right now and what could support you better in the future.

Open until 7th June to all 11 - 30 year olds in the UK - don't miss your chance to be heard!

Jump into Work - Online Construction Programme

  • 12 week programme
  • Gain real life work experience in construction
  • Five year CSCS Green Card
  • Option to improve your English and Maths skills
  • Employability session to help you prepare for work and build your CV
  • Work placement in your chosen sector with a local employer
  • Training allowance of £5 per day 

2024 Start Dates: 20 May

Jump into Work - Online Short Skills Programme

  • 12 week programme
  • Employability session to help you prepare for work and build your CV
  • Option to improve your English and Maths skills
  • Work placement in your chosen sector with a local employer
  • Boost your confidence, self-belief and independence
  • Training allowance of £5 per day 

2024 Start Dates: 20 May

Ixion will be holding Jump into Work information sessions every Thursday for parents, carers and young people to find out more about courses and ask questions. To sign up for the next session please call Bimpe Adebanjo on 07894980672.


Youth Unity Horse Racing Residential Week & Pathways to Employability
Our project is dedicated to fostering diversity and inclusion within the horse racing community. Through our collaboration with British Racing School, we aim to provide pathways to education and employment within the industry. This fully funded opportunity offers invaluable insights and experiences in horse racing, serving as a gateway to explore various career opportunities available in the field. Ideal for NEET young people aged 16 to 24, no prior experience with horses is necessary as full training will be provided.

We have upcoming sessions scheduled for 17th to 21st June and 7th to 11th October. Limited spaces are available, so we encourage interested individuals to promptly complete our expression of interest form to secure their spot. Don't worry if they lack riding gear, as the school will provide it for you.

The British Racing School boasts an onsite safeguarding team available around the clock, ensuring a safe and secure environment for all participants. Additionally, our dedicated staff, are on site for the week to assist with any questions or concerns. Rest assured, all staff members have undergone enhanced DBS checks, and we can provide insurance information and risk assessments upon request.

Meals, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, will be provided throughout your stay, eliminating the need for any additional expenses. As our school is in a remote area without any shops, participants can focus solely on their learning experience.

Visit the website for more details. If you'd like a glimpse into what to expect, you can watch a snapshot of our previous residential trip here.

Creative Sport & Leisure
The Future Skills Programme is for anyone aged 16-18, or up to 25 if you have an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) in Colchester, Harlow, Tendring or Basildon, and will last the duration of 6 months, on the programme you will learn all the essential skills to start your dream career in Sport and Physical Activity.

The programme will offer classroom-based learning alongside work experience with businesses in the local area. Learners will be timetabled between 9am-5pm for 22.5 hours a week (e.g. 3 days a week, 7.5 hours each day).  The qualifications that can be gained throughout this programme are detailed below:

  • Level 1 Award in Active, Healthy Living Qualification
  • English and Maths Functional Skills
  • Employability Skills
  • You will also have the opportunity to complete work experience at an employer of your choice.

Enrolment Date: Ongoing
For more information contact:

First Intuition - Accountancy Summer School
This FREE event is open to anyone from year 11-13 with an interest in this industry. If you’re considering a career in finance or accountancy or are just curious about whether this industry is a good fit for you, then these online and 1:1 days will help you to make up your mind. You’ll find out more about routes into this industry, what accountants do, meet employers, and get CV and interview tips.

Online: 9, 11 and 17 July 2024
Chelmsford face to face: 10 and 11 July

The Prince’s Trust Essex
Get free support to develop the skills and confidence you need to find a job or start a business.

Wilderness Foundation
Young people ages 15–21 who struggle with their mental health, family, social, and personal problems find a new way of living through the Wilderness Foundation’s flagship project “The TurnAround Project”. 

TurnAround is a structured nine month long self-development and employability project for young people aged from 15 to 21 years old. The aim is to enable each young people to make positive change to their lives using nature as a catalyst. They support each young person with their own individual needs which is what makes the project a success.

Contact: Mark O'Sullivan-

ACL Apprenticeships
Offering apprenticeships across Essex for 16 to 18 year olds in a number of sectors.

  • Business School
  • Early Years & Education
  • Health, Science & Care
  • IT & Digital

Marlborough Highways
Marlborough Highways offers apprenticeships across a range of disciplines, enabling individuals to further their education, while developing crucial workplace skills. Find out more about their Operational Apprenticeship Opportunities across Essex and London.

Essex County Fire & Rescue Service Recruitment
We will be opening our wholetime applications again in Spring. Apply to be a wholetime firefighter.

Ford Apprenticeship Programme
The 2024 Advanced Engineering (Level 3) Apprenticeship Campaign is Now Open! Find out more information about apprenticeship opportunities!

Essex County Council  - Talent Pool
The Talent Pool is a free and quick sign up page for individuals to view what vacancies are available to them as well as being able to get matched to roles we have here at the Council. Recruiters will find their profiles and CV’S and based on what is included, they can be matched with the “Perfect” role for them.

Spingpod host a number of virtual work experience programmes within various sectors. Sign up for programme dates or view on demand to explore careers with industry professionals. Certificates on completion.

NCS - Experiences Away from Home
NCS helps 15-17 year olds build skills for work and life, gaining confidence and independence along the way. It's an experience of a lifetime with new challenges and new people. 

Become a Young Mental Health Ambassador!
Your experiences are key to shaping the future of mental health and wellbeing services in Essex. Young people's metal health is hugely important and you can help to change local service for the better. If you are a child or young person up to the age of 23 ( or 25 with SEND), you can be involved in many different ways. 

  • Create videos, online blogs and response to their digital tasks
  • Share you experiences, views and opinions to help Commissioners improve and develop local mental health services
  • Attend Young Mental Health Ambassador meet ups and build you network

If you would like to apply for this great opportunity, contact our Engagements Officer, Renee Robey on 07483329411 or email


Health and Careers Expo
ARU and Mid and South Essex ICS Health and Care Academy have come together to deliver this exiting Health and Care Carers Expo, for young people aged 14 and above who may be interested in a career within the Health & Care sector. Course taster sessions available for year 11 and 12.

When: 26 June 2024
Where: ARU Chelmsford Campus


The Essex Local Offer

Advice for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Do you have a young person who is looking for positive next steps in their life? The Essex Local Offer can help young people find the right type of training and work. The website includes information on supported internships, employment and accessible apprenticeships.

Essex Frontline
Frontline is a community project. It helps frontline workers and the public to quickly find details on local health and wellbeing services and to contact services through call back and referral options.

Autism Central
The Autism Central Peer Education Programme offers families and carers of autistic people high-quality and easily accessible autism education, training, and support. Support is provided by parents of carers of autistic people who are happy to share their knowledge and experience with others. Request for support

Active Essex - Cost of Living Support
We know people are worried about rising costs and may be struggling. This document outlines a range of services, resources and additional information to help the county during this difficult time.

Shaw Trust - WHP Pioneer
Carve out your future in the world of work with WHP Pioneer. We will help you to find employment that aligns with your skills and interests and provide you with the support you need to succeed. You must be aged 18+.

Essex Wellbeing Services
Delivered by an alliance of specialist organisations, Essex residents (excluding Southend-On-Sea and Thurrock) who are registered with a GP and are aged 16+, can receive health and wellbeing support.

Whether it's help to quit smoking, social isolation support, weight management, or help with day-to-day needs; EWS is here to help employers, families and communities to stay healthy, safe and well.

* Opportunities on this page were last updated on 02/05/24. Next update due 23/05/24

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