Jam-packed ECVYS Update Full of Training, Resources, Funding & More!

Jam-packed ECVYS Update Full of Training, Resources, Funding & More!

Good afternoon ECVYS supporters.

There are a number of things to highlight so please have a read through as there is so much good stuff to share.

Firstly though we send a massive congratulations to Sue Bell from Kids Inspire has been awarded an OBE for services to charity, mental health and education in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2021- very well deserved and we are so proud of you Sue.

Training and support for your staff and volunteers

  • ECVYS Networking and cluster meeting Tuesday 14th September from 10am-12pm.

It would be great to see you at our next ECVYS County Cluster meeting for  all those involved in the voluntary youth sector. We will have updates from- The ESCB, The Violence & Vulnerability unit, ECC youth services, ECVYS and The Childrens partnership board. We then pop into breakout rooms for a quadrant based networking session and sharing of local resources.

The joining link is- https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9527932758?pwd=SWhsN3FZb21zZ2tGTVZCa0orTkZEUT09

Meeting ID: 952 793 2758  Passcode: 1Wv7Hr (Drop me an email rachel@ecvys.org.uk if you would like me to send you a direct calendar invite or If you have a Countywide update that you would like to give in the main meeting too.) It would be great to see you.


  • ECVYS Training, grants and membership

If you would like to find out which training courses and grants are currently available to our members then follow the link https://ecvys.org.uk/training-and-grants/ Courses are free for volunteers and half price for paid staff.

If your voluntary organisation is not yet an ECVYS member then you may like to know that membership is only £20 a year for local organisations and between £30- £40 for groups who cover a larger area. Find out more at https://ecvys.org.uk/membership/


  • Training offer from Essex youth offending service for those in the voluntary sector

The course is for those working with young people who may be involved in gangs and county lines- Please see the video link link https://vimeo.com/554845427/430869068c and email Jane, Jane.Ryan@essex.gov.uk if  you would like to find out more..


  • Essex Early Help Virtual Drop-Ins (See attached poster)

As teams are spending less time together and dealing with the return of services, the Childrens Partnerships would like to extend their programme of support to partners working with children, young people and families. These weekly drop-ins offer peer support, signposting for anonymised cases and help to answer general questions. Contact Harriet Pickering – Lead for Partnership Delivery Harriet.Pickering@essex.gov.uk for more info or join the drop ins at the following times below

North- Tuesdays 12-1pm Click here to join the meeting lee.bailey@essex.gov.uk

South- Wednesdays 12:30- 13:30pm Click here to join the meeting harriet.pickering@essex.gov.uk

West – Thursdays 12-1pm Click here to join the meeting fiona.bailey@essex.gov.uk



  • ECVYS Listening projects

ECVYS have three listening projects coming up- life after covid, The violence and vulnerability units listening around youth violence, and work with the PFCC around their new priorities. Drop me an email if you would like some information about how to get your group involved rachel@ecvys.org.uk


  • The NSPCC’s Think before you type campaign & free toolkit

Think B4 You Type is a free toolkit to help you support secondary school-aged children and young people to design and lead their own campaign around online bullying.

It’s designed for use in schools but will be helpful for any adults working or volunteering with groups of children to prevent and respond to bullying. Templates, useful resources and case studies are also included in the toolkit.​ https://bit.ly/3r4zR5r


  • ESCB Online safety press release

Online safety – child exploitation does not stop over the summer

From the 11-18 July the Essex Safeguarding Children Board (ESCB) and partners are encouraging people across Essex to take part in sharing messages across social media. The ESCB have partnered with Brook Essex who have recorded a new podcast aimed at young people around the topic of consent – it’s a really important listen and people are encouraged to share with young people they know. Brook Essex will also be facilitating a Facebook Live event aimed at parents and carers on Wednesday 14 July at 6pm.

The week of activity will also cover topics including online gaming, youth involved sexual images and online safety for pre-schoolers, giving parents and carers the information they need to support their child to safely navigate the online world, whether they are primary age or secondary age. The 2 Johns will be hosting their regular Q&A session on Facebook to launch the week of activity on Sunday 11 July at 6pm.

Concerns about child exploitation can be reported anonymously via Crimestoppers 0800 555111. There is also a dedicated Police Child Exploitation hotline – for parents, carers and members of the public to seek advice around concerns they may have about their own or other children with regards to criminal and sexual exploitation: 01245 452058.

Press Enquiries to: press.desk@essex.gov.uk

The Essex Safeguarding Children Board website has resources for parents and carers as well as professionals to enable them to fully support children and parents. People can also follow the campaign on the ESCB Facebook page and Twitter account.

  • Brook Essex Facebook page for the live event: @EssexBrook
  • The 2 Johns E-Safety Training Facebook page for the live event: @The2johns


Activities for young people and service users

  • Detached youth work

ECVYS Partners are currently running some detached youth work funded by the Violence and vulnerability unit and  Active Essex. The projects are run in 7 Districts (Basildon, Southend, Thurrock, Colchester, Tendring, Chelmsford and Harlow.) If you would like to find out more then please drop me an email rachel@ecvys.org.uk

9.)  Summer activities at Lambourne End

Two exhilarating Summer Holiday schemes from 26th July onward!

·       Summer Experience – all ages – mornings on the farm, afternoons of activities.

·       Adventure Academy – Over 8’s only – the full Lambourne End experience.

To book, call on 020 8500 3047 or email info@lambourne-end.org.uk

10.)                  Active Essex summer activities

ActivAte Summer Holiday Activity and Food clubs are running all across Essex. These clubs are for children entitled to Free School Meals and working parents who are financially struggling. They also have ambassadors and specific hubs for children needing additional SEND or emotional wellbeing support. Bookings are now open- watch the video Essex Activate | Active Essex and pass on the booking link to those families who you think are entitled ActivAte your Summer – Active Essex


  • Essex opportunities are running a Virtual Apprenticeships and Jobs Fair for school leavers and parents to speak to employers

7th July 10:30am – 12:30pm



  • Free Workshops for parents

Please see attached poster from Community360, who are running free 5 week workshops across Essex (face to face and virtually) around strengthening the relationship between parent and child.

For more information contact Community360 by visiting www.community360.org.uk


  • Film for new parents

The Essex Child & Family Wellbeing Service have produced a new video aimed at new parents. It covers antenatal sessions and what support is available.  It is an excellent resource for the wider workforce to use when working with families to help re enforce the message of support   https://essexfamilywellbeing.co.uk/service/antenatal-session-virtual-guided-support/


  • CAVS- Understanding self-harming course

FLASH is a FREE 10 week group for parents to learn practical skills to support their child or teenager who is displaying self-harming behaviour. Please contact familymentoring@cavsorg.uk to find out more.


  • Princes Trust courses
  • Google IT Certificate for young people start on the 29th The first Taster Day will be on 22nd July. If you have a young person that would like to be referred please send the name of the young person, contact number and email to Cathy Porter Cathryn.Porter@princes-trust.org.uk
  • The Health and Social Care programme provides opportunities to move into a number of different roles in the NHS. There is a programme starting on 19th If you have a young person that would like to be referred please send the name of the young person, contact number and email to Janet Craven Janet.Craven@princes-trust.org.uk
  • NEW services from Accuro for 19 – 25s with SEND in Uttlesford, Harlow and Epping Forest from Sept 2021
  • STRIDE offers a  life skills programme which will provide a 10 week course, 10am – 2pm, 2 Saturdays each month and will cover healthy living, personal care, household tasks, how to keep safe, social and communication skills and more.  STRIDE is starting in Harlow in Sept 2021 and in Uttlesford in Jan 2022 – subject to COVID-19 guidance
  • 19-25s Adult Friendship Group offers fun activities for young adults with a disability age 19-25 in Harlow, Uttlesford and Epping, to socialise and make friends in a safe, supportive environment.

To find out more and to register your interest please contact Kerry our adult project leader  enquiries@accuro.org.uk



  • CARA are recruiting for various roles

Join the lovely team at CARA and apply to be a Children’s Practitioner x2 roles, a sessional counsellor or an ISVA (Independent Sexual Violence Adviser) – full-time or part-time

See link for more info   https://caraessex.org.uk/vacancies.php


  • Norfolk police are recruiting a Police cadet programme manager

Norfolk Police are recruiting a Police Cadet Programme Manager and are looking for a JNC qualified Youth Worker with 5 Years’ experience.  Salary band £39,585 – £44,928 Police Cadet Programme Manager | Norfolk Constabulary



  • Remobilisation grants through ECVYS

Childrens & youth activity groups in Basildon, Rochford, Colchester, Tendring and Harlow can still apply for a grant of up to £500 to help them re-open again after Covid.

This grant is designed to support small, local not for profit voluntary children’s and youth groups/clubs only. The grant can cover Covid-19 associated costs with the reopening of these groups/ clubs.

What can these costs include?
  • Covid-19 related hygiene costs (e.g. Hand sanitizer, soap, face masks, gloves, increased venue cleaning or equipment costs.)
  • Covid-19 related Infrastructure costs (e.g. Plexiglass screens, wall mounted dispensers, signage, increased venue hire costs to comply with social distancing.)
  • Covid-19 related volunteer training costs
  • Subs money covered for one term (up to £40 per child/ young person) for families struggling to pay subscription fees to voluntary, not for profit children’s or youth clubs who are affiliated to a national or Essex based governing body.


Who can apply?

Small, local grassroots and not for profit children’s and youth clubs who do not have support of this kind available through local or national affiliated bodies. This might be- Community based and not-for-profit youth or children’s clubs, uniformed organisations, sports or physical activity groups, musical theatre groups and many more!

You can download the application form here Application form Remobilisation grant  OR complete your application online here


  • Apply for grants up to £10k with the Essex Community Initiative Fund

The £350k Essex Community Initiative Fund (CIF) is now open, offering grants up to £10k to individuals, groups and voluntary organisations working in the Essex County Council administrative area.

The £350,000 fund offers two levels of grant:

  • £300,000 is for grants up to £10,000 towards capital or revenue projects that benefit the wider community
  • £50,000 is for micro grants up to £500 to help grassroots groups reduce social isolation, improve wellbeing or help communities connect.

It is administered by Essex Association of Local Councils on behalf of Essex County Council. Applications are invited from town and parish councils, community groups, social enterprises or individuals in the Essex County Council area.

Full applications must be in by 15 August.  For more information visit Community Initiative Fund or contact the Funding Officer Louise Gambardella on louise.gambardella@ealc.gov.uk


  • Braintree District and Eastlight Community Fund

Two levels of grant are available: £500 – £5,000 for smaller scale grassroots projects and larger awards of up to £40,000, over three years. Eligible projects must either improve health and wellbeing, provide opportunities for young people or offer training to local people to improve their skills. Apply online or book a slot to speak with an Essex Community Foundation grants officer here.

  • Essex Task Force allocates £100,000 to help vulnerable young people access outdoor opportunities from the Voluntary Sector

The newly formed Essex Educational Task Force has allocated £100K to be use by Voluntary Sector outdoor education providers to enable them to run outdoor programmes targeted at vulnerable young people, who because of Covid have had limited or little opportunity of taking part in such programmes.

The Education Task Force aim is make sure that there are increased opportunities for young people in a range of educational settings to have the experiences that because of Covid has been denied them over the last year. Alongside ensuring that all young people leave school with a reading age at the very least comparable with their actual age the task force has recognised the value of outdoor learning on pupils development especially in relation to their wellbeing.

At this stage the task force are looking for Voluntary Sector providers, who may be in the process of reopening facilities, to provide activities and programmes over the coming 12 months.

If you organisation is interested in being involved or you want more information then please contact Martin Solder County Director at EBGC and Chair of ECVYS on martins@essexboysandgirlsclubs.org or Tele 01245264783

Jamie Langstone