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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 244,000 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 & Lynsey

VVU Community Grants launch 2022-2024

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We are very excited to announce the launch of the VVU Community Grants funding for 2022-2024.
As a 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). We recognise that local organisations and groups are at the forefront of some amazing work that takes place to address these issues and we would like to support this work further as much as we can.

Our 2022-2024 VVCS grant round is for local *’not for profit’ voluntary or community clubs or organisations based in (and therefore delivering in) Essex, Southend and Thurrock only, and we are looking to fund projects that meet our stated aims and can run from April 2023- 31st March 2024.

Groups can apply for up to **£20,000 to deliver support and interventions for children, young people, young adults and families (families must include children and young people, and ‘young person’ is defined as up to the age of 25). Projects must demonstrate how they have a positive impact on issues relating to crime and anti-social behaviour and violence and vulnerability. This may include early intervention work, gang & ‘county lines’, and child criminal exploitation projects.
**Our grants funding this year has a total pot of just under £156,000 that we will look to distribute as evenly as possible across the 12 ECC districts/ Quadrants plus Southend & Thurrock. Please bear this is mind when completing your applications.

We would be particularly interested in projects that can evidence they are meeting needs as highlighted by young people and local residents in our Listening Project 2021-2022.
You can read the full report here https://ecvys.files.wordpress.com/2022/03/vvu-listening-2021-2022-youth-report-final.pdf The report only focuses on 7 Districts in Essex, but the fund is open to all (including Southend & Thurrock). Some examples of need highlighted in the report are-

• Indoor/ outdoor safe spaces with affordable & inclusive activities for young people to socialise (this can include a one off cost for lighting the outside of voluntary group spaces to create a safer space for young people, additional staff or youth activities).
• Opportunities for young people to learn life skills, participate in community based or volunteering projects and undertake work experience
• Work with young people and their families to raise awareness of youth violence
• Projects that promote greater communication and positive engagement between the police, youth groups and schools
• Targeted youth work aimed at those young people most at risk of exploitation
• Support for victims of youth violence
• Drugs education in informal settings or led by voluntary groups in schools with evidenced links to how drug use relates to young people becoming involved in serious violence

The fund is open to work of all ages from 0-25 but we would especially like to see some applications for creative work around risk taking behaviours with primary school age children and their families.
Please do read the listening report and try to evidence the need for your intervention within your application, referencing the listening report or local needs if your district is not one of the 7 listed.

All applications must demonstrate how their project enables children & 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
• Have a letter of support from the local CSP


*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 have any questions about this grant process, then please contact Rachel Brett rachel@ecvys.org.uk or Jim Pearson james.pearson@essex.gov.uk

Timeline of grant process:
Applications open: 15th August 2022 Applications close: 31st October 2022 Completed applications to be sent to rachel@ecvys.org.uk and james.pearson@essex.gov.uk Short listing, due diligence checks and final panel decisions will happen from November 2022-February 2023 Applicants made aware of grant decisions: End of February 2023 Funds to be with groups For the project start date in April 2023

To download an application form with further guidance on applying please click the link below:

You can also apply online using this link https://forms.gle/qLaoT2atPZMvrioD8 (please note though that any due diligence forms requested will need to be emailed separately to Rachel and Jim (emails above).

Work for ECVYS as our Partnership & Projects Manager

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This is an exciting new role to develop the work of ECVYS and to work closely with the Essex Violence and Vulnerability Unit (VVU) for the shared purpose to further develop & amplify the voice, presence and joint working of the voluntary youth sector in Essex, Southend & Thurrock.

We are looking for a dynamic and creative networker with an organised and analytical mind-set who has experience of the voluntary sector in Essex and grant management, and who would like to be a part of this exciting new role with ECVYS.

The contract is initially for 3yrs and will be home based but with travel across Essex, Southend & Thurrock.

Please find the full j.d and application details below or email rachel@ecvys.org.uk if you have any questions. Thank you for your interest in this position.

VVU Community Grants Update

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Our panels have been busy looking at the applications, and were really impressed with the standard.

The panel will be letting the successful applicants know in the next week, so watch this space.

We are delighted to announce to you our new Violence & Vulnerability Community Safety (VVCS) Grant 2021-2023 is now open for applications

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The VVU & PFCC are inviting groups to apply for up to £20,000 to deliver support and interventions for children, young people, young adults and families (families must include children and young people, young person is defined as up to the age of 25) that have a positive impact on issues relating to crime and anti-social behaviour, violence and vulnerability in Essex, Southend & Thurrock. This may include early intervention work, gang & ‘county lines’, and child criminal exploitation projects. for more information and an application form see here

Grassroots fund to help re-open your children’s/ youth club

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We still have funding available for groups in Basildon, Rochford, Colchester, Tendring and Harlow!

Apply for a grant of up to £500 here

NEW listening projects for young people and the community

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Alongside the Violence and vulnerability unit in Essex we have just launched 2 new listening projects! Click here to find out more

NEW Support and funding for grassroots clubs in Essex!

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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

VVU Community fund now open for applications

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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 rachel@ecvys.org.uk 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

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 rachel.brett@ecvys@org.uk & Samantha.grant@essex.police.uk  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.