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ECVYS are recruiting!

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We are really excited to announce that we are looking to develop the work of ECVYS by employing a partnership and engagement officer to amplify the voice of our members in partnership meetings, strengthen our network, and raise the profile of the voluntary youth sector in terms of resourcing, collaboration & communication.

We are looking for a dynamic communicator & networker who would like to be a part of our small, but amazing and impactful charity. Feel free to contact our CEO Rachel if you would like an informal chat rachel@ecvys.org.uk or download the job description and details on how to apply-

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.

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