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Welcome to ECVYS

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Welcome to the ECVYS website

Here you will find updates on ECVYS activities, meetings, events, training and grants.

ECVYS exists to support the voluntary youth services in Essex and we are proud to represent, train and empower our members.

Our members work with over 240,000 children & young people across Essex

Watch this space for future updates and exciting news, check out the blog pages above, and do let us know your thoughts too.

-Rachel & Sharon 

Urgent new funding from the home office this week

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We were informed on the 22nd June that there is the possibility of an emergency fund from the Home Office that would be available for registered charities, charitable incorporated organisations and social enterprises; including companies limited by guarantee and community interest companies (with an income of less than £100,000 per annum).

Organisations in these categories who provide:

  • *Critical front line services to vulnerable children and young people aged 8-18yrs (up to 25 with SEN) and at risk of serious violence in Essex, Southend and Thurrock
  • And who have needed to adapt their work in response to the immediate pressures created by Covid-19 would be eligible for funding.

This funding would be a one off contribution to help organisations who are experiencing immediate financial hardship, significantly increased demand, or who have had to urgently adapt services to meet Covid-19 associated measures.

The financial contribution can cover work delivered from the 1st April to 31st October 2020.

If you would be interested in applying for this funding then complete the excel application and reply to &  by COP Friday 26th June so that we can let the home office know by their submission deadline.

Digital youth voices report now available!

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A BIG thank you to all the youth groups that took part in the digital youth voices report about how young people are feeling during lockdown. Your views have been collated into a report and there is some great insight! I am sure these views will be really useful for the any organisation wishing to see how young people are coping. THANK YOU

Please check out the report here.

NEW digital youth voices session plan

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Check out our new session plan that can be run digitally with your youth group. It is all about listening to how young people are feeling during lockdown and is a really important listening project.

Your group can also claim £90 for taking part! Find out more here 

Coming soon…

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Check out our new webpage coming soon about using online technlogy to do youth work. Packed full of platform ideas, safeguarding tips and session ideas!

Training Grant Round 5

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Hello all,

The closing date for the next round of training grants for level 2 and 3 members, is Friday 6th March 2020

TG Application Letter 2019-20

Training Grants Form 2019-2020

Voluntary Sector Summit

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We recognise that the voluntary sector is on the frontline of youth work in our communities and often we are so busy ‘doing’ and working our socks off to make a difference with our young people that we don’t always realise what others around us are doing. Each organisation in our sector is such a valuable resource that now more than ever we need to pull together and think about the work we are doing, what it is that our young people need to keep them safe, and how we can work more effectively together to help them.

The Trustees of ECVYS would like to formally invite you to a summit at Chelmsford Cathedral on the 14th January from 6.15pm-8pm.

Alongside partners from the Violence & Vulnerability unit, ECC, Healthwatch and the Police we would love you to come along and be a part of this important summit to highlight what we are all doing, and think about how we can best serve the young people in Essex and keep them safe from harm.

We will also be encouraging groups who come along to share (for no more than 2 minutes each) about what youth work they run in their communities, any specific work they are doing that links to the issue, and what they feel needs to happen to tackle the issue further. Please let us know at if you would be prepared to fill one of these slots as we would love to hear from you.

Thank you so much, please do spread the word about the Summit to anyone in the voluntary sector that you feel has something to share or indeed anyone who is just interested in this topic and would like to listen in over a coffee and a cake!

Hopefully together we can be testimony to the great work that is happening in Essex through the sector (including Southend & Thurrock) and create a valuable way forward for the future of young people’s safety.

Training Grant Round 4

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Hello all,

The closing date for the next round of training grants for level 2 and 3 members, is Tuesday 7th January 2020

TG Application Letter 2019-20

Training Grants Form 2019-2020

Training Grant Round 2

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Hello all,

The closing date for the next round of training grants for level 2 and 3 members, is Tuesday 7th January 2020

TG Application Letter 2019-20

Training Grants Form 2019-2020

Booking for our conference is now LIVE! ‘Youth Violence & knife crime in Essex’

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Saturday 12th October 2019, 9.30am (for a 10am start) – 3pm at Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford

Youth Violence & knife crime is a growing concern throughout the country

 & Essex is no exception

Join us for this very unique conference for all those who volunteer or work within a voluntary youth setting to find out about the Essex picture, join in with some brilliant workshops & be inspired as to how we can help          tackle this issue together


·        Jane Gardner, The deputy Police & Fire Crime Commissioner

·        Gavin McKenna, CEO of Reach Every Generation



Crime & punishment, Important roles that families can play,

Brecks last game & safeguarding, Using drama as an outreach tool,

Sharing real life stories as a way to engage with young people,

The growing risk to primary age children, Operation Raptor & Essex police,

Doing detached work with gangs.


If you are engaged in youth work in any way at all, then

BOOK UP NOW to be a part of this brilliant day!


ECVYS members (£10)

NON members (£20)

Click here to download our flyer flyer full page