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 towards costs and refreshments for taking part – BONUS! Please contact if you would like to know

Past projects

The Violence and Vulnrability units ‘Young peoples views on knife crime in Essex’

In February 2022 we produced two reports for the Essex VVU around peoples views on knife crime in Essex to help them with their priorities for spending in the coming year.

The 1st report is based on 761 young peoples views in Essex VVU listening 2021-2022 Youth Report final

The second report (produced by Maldon CVS) is based on All age listenign with 378 people in Essex Community Listening Project on Youth Violence 2021-22 – summary report

Young peoples views on the Covid vaccine

In January 2022 we produced a report based on 176 young peoples views across Essex to help ECC understand young peoples views on the Covid vaccineCovid vaccine youth voices report

The Essex PFCC’s Crime plan strategy

In November 2021 0ver 120 young people across Essex shared their views on the plans for the new PFCC Crime Plan. Read the report here PFCC Crime plan youth voices project.docx

Essex Police

In April 2021 we helped Essex Police to listen to young peoples views around their new children & young peoples strategy. 217 children & young people took part in the project which revealed some great insight for Essex Police. Have a look at Essex Police CYP Strategy listening report to find out more.

2021 Violence & Vulnerability listening projects 

In 2020 youth leaders across Essex, Southend and Thurrock engaged with over 600 young people on the violence and vulnerability themes for 2020. The feedback from young people was exceptional and helped the violence and vulnerability team to prioritise issues that young people felt were important. It even helped us to put detached youth workers in 5 local districts.

This year our listening project took place in communities with local residents and also with youth groups-

The project enabled over 600 children, young people and adults to input into the Violence and vulnerabilities strategic priorities and spending for 2021-2022  read the report here

Digital youth vocies- Young people in lockdown

Due to the Covid-19 virus we are all currently in lockdown and many young people are left feeling isolated, alone and unable to enjoy the freedoms that they usually experienced. We have just finished our digital youth voices session about how young people in Essex are coping with the lockdown, and if there is anything that can be done to help support them more.

There are some great insights from young people, so please click on the link to read  ‘Young people in Lockdown’ ECVYS youth voices report


We have recently finished work on two Essex Wide projects-

1.) A ‘Curriculum for life’ iwilllogo  yea

Funded by the Essex Community Foundation and the #Iwillfund in partnership with  the  Young Essex Assembly who wanted to find out young peoples views on having a ‘Curriculum for life’. This project heard how young people in Essex felt they were being educated for ‘life’ and how they thought it could be improved.

You can download our report and findings here

2.) Youth violence & vulnerability in Essex   pfcc

Our second project was funded by the PFCC’s Violence & Vulnerability unit and focused on Youth violence & vulnerability in Essex. This project heard young peoples views about how they felt about their communities. The unit will use this report to help highlight future spending priorities for the team.

You can download our report and findings here

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.