ECVYS Youth Voices

We are really excited to let you know about our youth voice projects across Essex: A unique & innovative way to engage young people in research & listen to their views 

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Young people have lots of valid opinions & views to share and it is vital that we listen. Not only because we should(!) But because they can give us valuable insight into how things really are for young people living in Essex today. Young people are change makers,  we just need to give them a better chance to participate. It is our belief that this project allows young people to have their say and contribute in an accessible, inclusive and creative way.

Through our network we have amazing links with youth clubs across Essex. Our youth voices projects come in the shape of a flexible session plan that can be run within any shape /style of youth group. This means that young people can share their views about issues in their own safe environment, with their own trusted youth leaders and eat *pizza at the same time…What more could you want?!

Our commitment to empower the voluntary youth sector means that we build into all our projects a chance to ‘give back’. As a result, every youth group that takes part and returns the feedback may also claim a donation of £90 towards staff/volunteer time, venue costings & *Pizza (or other refreshments) for taking part- BONUS! 


Currently we are excited to be working on two Essex wide projects.

1.) A ‘Curriculum for life’ iwilllogo  yea

Funded by the Essex Community Foundation and the #Iwillfund ECVYS is running this project with the  Young Essex Assembly who want to find out young peoples views on having a ‘Curriculum for life’. This project will find out how young people in Essex feel they are currently being educated for ‘life’ and how they think it could be improved.

You can download the session plan here, BUT you MUST lest us know if you intend to run this session beforehand as there are limited spaces available.

2.) Youth violence & vulnerability in Essex   pfcc

Our second project is funded by the PFCC’s Violence & Vulnerability unit and is focusing on Youth violence & vulnerability in Essex. This project will help the unit to look at how young people feel about their communities & highlight future spending priorities for the team; Its a great opportunity for young people to have their say.

You can download the session plan here, BUT you MUST lest us know if you intend to run this session beforehand as there are limited spaces available.

These two projects are open to ANY youth club in Essex to take part (with a group size of 10 young people or more. Aged mainly of the secondary school age.) 

If you know that your young people would like to take in our projects then please do get in touch as we would love to hear from you. 

How did we start our youth voice projects?


An idea about more inclusive listening and youth engagement led to a meeting with the National Institute for Health research in the East of England, who believed in our idea too! As a result, In April-July 2019 we ran a ‘micro’ project in the North East of Essex funded by the National Institute of Health research around how young people are consulted in the creation of mental health services.

In June-September 2019 we can a ‘micro’ project funded by the Community Safety partnerships in West Essex (Harlow, Epping & Uttlesford) around young people’s involvement in gangs & knife crime.