Get Involved

Getting involved gives you the opportunity to develop confidence and skills which can improve your life chances and future career prospects – and you’ll probably enjoy yourself without even realising it.

You won’t know until you try. And you won’t have the right to moan until you do…




What is FireBreak?

FireBreakThe FireBreak programme aims to promote a culture of safety and team work and citizenship by teaching a range of vital life skills whilst undertaking the various disciplines of the Fire Service.
The course provides a learning environment that combines practical skills and scenario based training, with classroom centred theory/discussion workshops.
During the intensive week long fire station based course, the students gain confidence and develop vital life skills, while experiencing the techniques used by fire-fighters in their working lives.
It aims to reduce the risky lifestyle choices by young people and raise awareness of the consequences of fire, fire setting and hoax calls.
Students can be referred onto Firebreak for a variety of reasons.
The scheme is incredibly diverse, and has been successfully used for those on the gifted and talented register as well as a confidence building tool for those with a history of youth offending, school exclusion, or associated disruptive behaviour or backgrounds.
The Firebreak Course can clearly evidence that our interactions directly and positively impact on “breaking the cycle of negativity”.

Much more information is available in the FireBreak brochure.

Get young people to vote

Get young people to vote



Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK. Thanks to the dedication and support of 100,000 amazing volunteers, we are active in every part of the UK, giving girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities. We build girls’ confidence and raise their aspirations. We give them the chance to discover their full potential and encourage them to be a powerful force for good.

HILL – Healthier Independant Longer Lives

HILL – Healthier Independant Longer Lives

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The HILL project will work with local residents living in Clacton (Pier Ward), Walton, Harwich and Jaywick (Golf Green Ward). Our community development team will talk to local residents and find out how they feel about their community, what services they access and what is missing. Activities and services will then be established to respond to need and volunteers from the local community will be trained and supported to set up new projects and ensure that they continue.

Projects include:
Walking/swimming group – working in partnership with Valley Farm Caravan Park Pool manager to provide discounted swimming sessions. Local walks led to encourage friendships and regular exercise. Starting 12th January, 10am.
Friendship group – fortnightly group for anyone who feels isolated, wants to make new friends or has experienced bereavement. Activities and guest speakers at every session. Starting 24th January, 10am-12noon.
Befriending service – trained volunteers home visiting service to isolated/house bound residents in Pier Ward. Coming soon.
IT Friday – weekly computer drop in sessions for Pier Ward residents to access IT support with experienced volunteers on hand to help. Fridays 10am-12.30pm.

We work with many partner agencies to promote community services and resource initiatives to benefit local residents.

If you would like more information about the HILL project, or are interested in volunteering for the project, please ring 01255 425692 and ask for a member of the HILL team or email [email protected]

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Prince’s Trust

Prince’s Trust

For the next Tendring Prince’s Trust Team Course and more information please contact Johnathan Smith or Jillie Mumford on 07717 867064 or [email protected]

Tendring Youth Assembly

Tendring Youth Assembly

The Tendring Youth Assembly (TYA) has been set up to give the young people from the Tendring area the opportunity to have a voice in their community.

The TYA is supported by Tendring district council and run by Essex County council staff and meets on the second Monday of every month at Weeley district office.

As well as this we will be having weekly meetings at Clacton from now until Christmas to organise a production the TYA have integral role in the funding of local youth groups by Youth Stategy Group (YSG). The TYA is open to 13 to 19 yr olds and 25yrs (SEN)

We have at present for the Tendring Youth Assembly, approximately 26 Y/P from all over the area, all of whom will be meeting up for the first time as a complete group on Monday 16th September at Clacton youth centre. Some of the issues that they have discussed highlighting are Knife crime , Teen parents, drugs and poverty

To showcase their concerns we have come up with a Christmas production inviting community members ie: pensioners .Y/P councillors. police etc. We are hoping that the process will be filmed from beginning to end (budget permitting). This will also give us the opportunity to recruit more members to the TYA.

For further information please contact


[email protected]


The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Find out more about our Charity – how and why the DofE was started, why demand continues to rise every year and hear personal stories from young people and our high profile supporters.



vInspired is an independent charity dedicated to helping young people volunteer in ways that matter to them.

We’ve been around since 2006 and in that time we’ve created more than one million volunteering opportunities and have changed the face of volunteering – one in three young people know who we are.

We believe that young people’s creativity, energy and optimism can change the world. We’re dedicated to helping them improve their skills, confidence and employability whilst doing things they really care about.

We provide opportunities for all young people to do good things – whatever they’re into, wherever they are and however much time they have to give. We make volunteering fun, rewarding and easy!

We’ve brought thousands of volunteering opportunities for 14-25 year olds together on our Opportunity Marketplace. Every day they’re snapped up by proactive young people who care about their future and the world around them.

Over 144,000 young people use to volunteer via more than 2,500 charities. There are plenty of causes to volunteer with, so you’ll find something that matters to you.

Our mission is to make volunteering opportunities so diverse, compelling and accessible that giving up your time to help others becomes a natural lifestyle choice. Here’s how it benefits you.

Vote at the elections

Vote at the elections

Why it’s important to vote and how to

Five reasons why young people should vote

  1. Some of the biggest election issues directly affect young people
  2. If every young person aged 18-25 voted, it would change the outcome of the General Election
  3. If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain
  4. Vote because you can
  5. Politicians will take more notice of young people’s views

Individual Electoral Registration

You can register to vote if you are aged 16 or over, although you cannot vote until you are 18, and:

  • a British citizen
  • a citizen of the Republic of Ireland or other European Union member states
  • a citizen of a British Overseas Territory or a Commonwealth country

The way we register to vote has changed.

What is different about the new system?

The new system means:

  • Every individual will be responsible for their own registration. Under the old system, the ‘head of household’ was responsible for registering everyone who lived at the address.
  • You will need to provide ‘identifying information’ about yourself to register – including your National Insurance number and your date of birth.
  • You are now able to register online or by telephoning 01255 686566.

Why has the system changed?

Individual electoral registration is being introduced nationally to help tackle electoral fraud and enable online registration, which will make it easier and more convenient for you to ensure that you are registered to vote.

How do I register under the new system?

  • Go to
  • Fill in your name, address, date of birth and a few other details.  You’ll also need your national insurance number, which can be found on your national insurance card, or in official paperwork such as payslips, or letters about benefits or tax credits.
  • Look out for a confirmation letter from Tendring’s Electoral Services to say you’re registered.
Young Minds

Young Minds

YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. Driven by their experiences we campaign, research and influence policy and practice.

We also provide expert knowledge to professionals, parents and young people through our Parents’ Helpline, online resources, training and development, outreach work and publications.

Children and young people with mental health problems are at the heart of everything we do. Their voices are central in all our lobbying and influencing work. Our young campaigners share their own experiences with professionals and policy makers at a national and local level to improve to improve mental health services and outcomes for all children and young people.

To find out more about our work, see our Impact Report 2013 for our latest achievements.

Youth Health Champions

Youth Health Champions

Are you interested in helping others?

Do you like getting involved in activities?

Do you like to have your say and be heard?

Become a Youth Health Champion, the advantages of being a Youth Health Champion are:

  • ›RSPH Level 1 Understanding Health Improvement award
  • ›Opportunity to undertake the full GCSE Equivalent YHC certificate
  • ›Duke of Edinburgh volunteering   award
  • ›Letter of Commendation
  • ›Life Skills
  • ›Team Working
  • ›Confidence Building
  • ›Sign-Posting Role
  • ›Skills for health for life
  • ›Enhanced CV

›Ask your School YHC Coordinator for an application form. ›If selected you will attend 3 days of training at Essex Uni in July. ›Role starts in September!!

Find out more – YHCrecruitmentpres2014

Essex Youth Health Champions on Facebook

@Essex_YHC on Twitter

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Need Help? Got Any Questions? [email protected]

Freephone 0800 8815115

Childline is a free, private and confidential, 24 hour counselling service for young people aged 5-25 years.
Call 0800 1111 or visit

NHS advice
If you are feeling unwell and need a telephone health assessment, please call the NHS service free of charge from any phone.
Call 111 or visit

A multi-award winning cyberbullying non-profit support organisation for young people experienced cyberbullying.
Call 0845 6887277 or visit

To offer a listening service for those going through a personal crisis and want to talk about their despair or suicidal feelings.
Call 0845 790 9090 (24 hours) or visit

Crisis Helpline
Emergency support team covering Colchester & Tendring.
Mental health and Wellbeing.
Call 0845 038 0800 (24 hours)