Latest Event Updates
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
Alongside the Violence and vulnerability unit in Essex we have just launched 2 new listening projects! Click here to find out more
ECVYS will be working with district Councils to distribute funding for grassroot children’s and youth clubs in Essex and run some telephone support with Essex Boys and Girls clubs for any group that needs support and guidance to open. Click here for more information and to apply
As a Violence and Vulnerability partnership, our strategic goal is to reduce serious violence, the harm it causes, and to safeguard those at risk (relating to county lines, gangs and knife crime).
This fund has been specifically created because of the impact and challenges that Covid has bought upon local ‘not for profit’ voluntary or community clubs or organisations (*registered Charities, not for profit companies or community interest companies or other social enterprise, or companies limited by guarantee, charitable incorporated organisations or registered societies) in Essex, Southend and Thurrock whom are trying their hardest to carry on with their work of supporting vulnerable children and young people at this time.
We are looking to fund work that helps these young people to-
• Make positive choices that keep them safe
• Raise self-esteem and confidence
• Build resilience
• Improve emotional and physical health and mental wellbeing.
*PLEASE NOTE THAT: Your organisation MUST have a recognised constitution and be a- not for profit voluntary or community club or organisation, a registered Charity, A not for profit company or community interest company or other social enterprise. company limited by guarantee, charitable incorporated organisation or Registered society.
If you are eligible to apply for both funding strands then you may do so, but the total amount of funding that you can apply for is £10,000 and the funds must be spent by the end of March 2021.
There are two funding strands:
i. Projects & interventions (Available to organisations that meet our criteria checklist with an income of under £300,000 only)
Essex, Southend and Thurrock registered charities (with a track record of working in their local community) can apply for support with costs (including core costs) where they are directly delivering activities and interventions in communities that are clearly evidenced as supporting children and young people (up to 25 years old) involved in or at risk of serious violence, AND you have had to change your approach to the work because of the following Covid related reasons:
a. The project/ intervention that your charity is delivering is at risk due to the current situation and you have needed to adapt your delivery incurring extra costs.
b. There is increased demand that with current funds you are unable to meet.
c. You would be able to reach out further into your community (e.g. taking a different approach) to reach vulnerable children and young people (up to 25 years old) if you had additional funds.
ii. One off special event / activity (available to all organisations that meet our criteria checklist, regardless of annual income)
Essex, Southend and Thurrock registered charities (with a track record of working with communities in the County) for support with a one off special event/ activity that responds to an identified need due to the current situation with Covid, and this event/ activity can be clearly evidenced as engaging and supporting children and young people (up to 25 years old) involved in or at risk of serious violence. This might be needed because of the following Covid related reasons :
a. You can see a need for something extra to be delivered, directly reaching vulnerable children and adults (up to 25 years old). This could be as part of a wider community engagement or could be about connecting vulnerable children and young people with support networks beyond their locality. (You must evidence how the event/ activity will be delivered using up to date Covid-safe guidance for your area).
b. You do not have funds available to develop and run this one off special event/ activity.
Anticipated Time line:
Applications to be returned by 19th November 2020
The VVU will shortlist applications on the 25th November
The Voice of Communities working group will make decisions upon applications at the end of November, with input from ECC young commissioners.
Notification of successful applications ASAP at the beginning of December
Download the application form here-
If you would like more information on this fund then email firstname.lastname@example.org or James.Pearson@essex.gov.uk You can also email about joining in with our virtual information session about the fund on Monday 9th November at 4pm
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 rachel.brett@email@example.com & Samantha.firstname.lastname@example.org by COP Friday 26th June so that we can let the home office know by their submission deadline.
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
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
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!
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 email@example.com 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.