Youth Groups

Below is listed a number of organisations at national, county and district level that provide services and support to young people and their families in our community.

  • ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL – Young Essex Assembly

The Violence and Vulnerability unit currently have two Youth Voice projects for young people to take part in.

Young people’s Listening Project: You can take part in this if you are a youth group/ club and been funded by the VVU, Active Essex, the PFCC, ECC or district councils. You can participate also if you are affiliated to a local or national umbrella organisation/ governing body, OR you are a school in Essex. We have a session plan for you to run with your young people with an icebreaker game and nine questions that we would like you to engage your young people in. This can be through your virtual sessions, detached work, in a covid-19 support bubble or school setting. Participants need be 10-18 (up to 25 with SEN). Ideally we need at least 20 people’s answers by 18th March, then your group/ club/ school will receive £200 as a donation for taking part. Limited funding means groups need to have confirmed their place by emailing Rachel Brett on rachel@ecvys.org.uk.

Community Listening Project: This focuses on issues of youth violence & vulnerability in communities. Participants’ views will help prioritise work and funding for the unit in 2021-2022. Any resident can complete the survey here before March 18. Participants can nominate a local registered community group/youth club/ school to receive £500 ‘to spend making their group/ community safer for young people’.

Essex County Council would also encourage U18s to join its Essex Residents Panel. Click here to find out more.

  • TRAINING COURSES

Essex County Council – Preventative Substance Mis-use Training: Run the Children’s Society, this course provides free on-line training for those who work with young people. The next course is on Thursday March 18, from 6.30pm (3 hrs). They are also offering to review the contents of any project’s Drugs Education Boxes too. Contact simeon.earnshaw@essex.gov.uk

  • SUPPORT SERVICES

Family Lives Matter supports lone parents and parents of children with SEN across all areas of Essex.  The services available are individual support by phone or MS Teams and online parenting groups via MS Teams. Family Lives Matter is funded under the Covid 19 Wellbeing project and works partnership with Essex County Council. Details on their facebook  page and website familylives.org.uk

6 Week Anxiety Group Sessions for Young People in Uttlesford: YCT, a counselling and therapeutic support charity, run a 6-week online anxiety group for Uttlesford residents aged 13-19. It aims to help young people understand their anxiety by learning how anxiety affects bodies and minds. Delivered via zoom with interactive with materials sent out prior to the course. Maximum of six to a group with ongoing support available for anyone who would like to access our other services. Download this Uttlesford Anxiety 6 week anxiety group attachment to learn more or contact www.yctsupport.com.

Get Help With Tech Schools, trusts and local authorities (ordering for maintained schools) in England can request mobile data increases for disadvantaged children and young people in years 3 to 11 who are not able to attend school due to national lockdown restrictions. They must meet all 3 of these criteria:

  • do not have fixed broadband at home
  • cannot afford additional data for their devices
  • are experiencing disruption to their face-to-face education

https://get-help-with-tech.education.gov.uk/about-increasing-mobile-data

The Gifted Organisation runs a Gifted@Crafting course to help young women (11-18) learn new skills that will improve their wellbeing and self-esteem by taking on new challenges. Taking place over nine sessions, this free online course will take participants through T-shirt making, cozy cushions, embroidery, puppet making, plaiting, and crochet goals. Sign up here.

  • LGBT+ HATE & CRIME HELPLINES

Galop has launched a new LGBT+ Hate Crime Helpline. https://www.consortium.lgbt/2021/02/02/launch-of-lgbt-hate-crime-helpline/

Galop can provide independent advice, support, and signposting to local organisations. Their helpline is run by LGBT+ people for LGBT+ people, and it is completely confidential. Anyone affected by anti-LGBT+ abuse can talk to the helpline team about abuse, intimidation, threats, harassment, or violence they’ve experienced because of their orientation or gender identity. It is operated by Galop, the LGBT+ anti-violence charity supporting people facing hate crime, domestic abuse and sexual violence

Victim Support Victims of anti-LGBT+ abuse can also contact Victim Support’s confidential 24/7 Support line on 0808 168 9111, particularly if a victim requires support outside of Galop’s operating hours https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/

  • FUNDING

Organisations providing services to young people can seek funding from the below providers

The Inclusive Economy Partnership (IEP) has convened 18 of social innovators – with proven solutions to deep-seated social issues – to take part in the IEP’ scale-up programme, BOOST. The participating 18 organisations form partnerships with over 130 new businesses, civil society organisations and government departments and directly leverage over £4m in additional funding and investment.   This project has supported hundreds of thousands of people to secure work, be financially resilient and have better mental health. Find details here.

Micro Grant Communication & Technology Support Fund helps support grass root organisations responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, who largely rely on volunteers to deliver their projects and have no infrastructure to support communications and technology. Further information can be found here

  • CHARITIES/YOUTH BODIES

British Schools Charity

Active Essex

Tackling Child Exploitation Support Programme

Youth Futures Foundation

14-24? Young Professional Training