Face to face Training & Conferences

Our 2019 Conference is now live for bookings!

‘Youth Violence & Knife Crime in Essex’

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, What happens to young people that have been involved in gangs?: Essex Youth Offending Team

The important roles that families can play in keeping young people safe from harm: Barnardo’s

Brecks last game & how to best safeguard young people from youth violence & vulnerability: Essex Youth Service

The use of drama as an effective way to engage young people in conversation about gangs & youth violence: Essex YMCA

The use of real life stories & experiences as an effective engagement & outreach tool in tackling youth violence: Youth & Community Pastor, Tile Kiln Church

The growing gang risk to primary schools & how to positively engage them in the subject: The Children’s Society

Operation Raptor; How are the police tackling gangs & youth violence in Essex & how can community groups work in the partnership? : Essex Police Operation Raptor Team

How to successfully run detached youth work projects with young people in/ on the fringe of gangs: Reach Every Generation


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) https://bit.ly/2WGV2gT

NON members (£20) https://bit.ly/2HSyFx0

Click here to download our flyer flyer full page


Our ECVYS Conference 2018 was all abut raising youth aspiration in Essex. It was in October at Anglia Ruskin University,Chelmsford. 

blurb for the day-

There are many factors that cause young people to disengage and have low aspirations but what exactly are they? How can we, as youth workers and volunteers in Essex work with these issues to best support our young people and help them to be the best that they can be? What could we achieve together to improve this support and be an even stronger community of  youth organisations?


  • The Right Revd Roger Morris, The Bishop of Colchester, Chelmsford Diocese 
  • Professor Iain Martin, The Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University.


Mental health, Gangs, Mentoring, Working with the whole family, Rural youth work, Essex Fire & Rescues youth work approach, Homelessness, and Working with ‘hard to reach’ young people.

Take a look at some pictures from our day

 Our 2019 conference date will be released soon so watch this space!

Past events

GDPR is the buzz word giving everyone a headache! 

On the 17th April 2018 we gave organisations the opportunity to come to a no-nonsense training session about GDPR that enabled them to know exactly what they needed to put in place for their organisations in order to comply with GDPR regulations coming into play May 2018.

Our trainer was fantastic! Mark is a highly qualified data compliance professional with many years experience in helping organisations of all sizes both in the UK and internationally. (Check out his website )

Each individual group/ Organisation was also given a FREE memory stick with a toolkit of information to help them through the process. 

This event is funded through our grant from ECC and FREE for ECVYS member organisations.

Here is a picture from each of our training sessions:




OUR ECVYS Conference 2017


Thank you so much to all those whom attended our conference on the 14th October 2017.

 (See details below)         

Youth leaders and volunteers from across  Essex came together to hear two challenging keynotes on hot topic issues affecting our young people, and engage with some fab workshops led by amazing youth organisations. 


  • Paul Secker, Head of safeguarding at Essex County Council

Paul spoke to us about C.S.E, sexting and online exploitation. Paul Shared his from experience and gave encouragement for voluntary youth organisations trying to safely navigate the world of safeguarding.

  • Gavin Mckenna, Director ‘Reach Every Generation’

Gavin spoke to us about the rise in gang culture within Essex, how voluntary youth groups can/should engage with them, and his own experiences of life in a gang

Workshop choices: A.M

  • Essex boys and girl’s clubs– Young people and sports; why its works!
  • Chelmsford Diocese Young people, Spirituality and engaging them with the Church
  • ECC youth service– How/what we should be measuring, recording & monitor­ing to help with fut­ure funding
  • Scouts Successfully train­ing up and investing in young leaders

Workshop choices: P.M

  • Guides Building self-este­em in young women in the modern age
  • The children’s socie­tyEffectively engagi­ng with children and families living in poverty
  • Interact– Engaging SEN young people in youth work- Breaking down the barriers
  • Essex Safeguarding Children’s Board Safe settings and safe youth work. What should we be doing?

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