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01/06/17 - Generous donation from work placement volunteer at Teen Talk

Andrew Robinson, 23 applied for a volunteering position at Teen Talk in January 2017 as he wanted to use his skills to help develop and assist with the current activities run weekly for young people.

Andrew started his placement in March 2017 and has since regularly volunteered his time to the Harwich Coffee Club. During one recent discussion at a Coffee Club meeting the young people suggested the idea of having a table tennis table that would allow young people to interact with others in a more relaxed fun manner, break the ice and allow for easy communication during sessions. Andrew really liked the idea of this and has since worked hard to donate the table for young people to use during activities at Teen Talk.

On behalf of all of the staff and young people at Teen Talk we would like to say a big thank you to Andrew for all his time and generosity and we can't wait to see the table tennis sessions take off.

If you would like to get involved in the table tennis sessions, become a committed volunteer at Teen Talk or find out more about our weekly activities you can call 01255 504800 for more information or simply drop in to our centre at 17 Cliff Road, Harwich.



01/05/17 - HIYAs Stroke Awareness Campaign for Make May Purple Month

Teen Talk’s youth forum, Harwich Inspired Youth Action (HIYA), have released a poster campaign as part of Make May Purple Month to raise awareness of stroke.

HIYA decided to raise awareness of stroke after researching the topic and finding stokes are more common than most people think. They researched the facts about strokes including possible triggers, how you can help prevent a stroke and what action you should take in the event you or someone else are presenting the early symptoms. For this campaign they created a poster and focused on the purple theme and dressed in their purple HIYA t-shirts for the posters photo. The information has been kept short and impactful and the group said they really found the topic very interesting. They hope to get people thinking about this issue more in order in order to help themselves and those around them. To view the poster please visit the HIYA’s facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/strokeeast/photos/a.322297358131647.1073741829.309909366037113/426485877712794/?type=3&theater

HIYA have received congratulations on their poster from the Stroke Association who have said ‘It’s a great piece of work and we are delighted to see young people raising awareness of stroke. Please pass on our best wishes, thanks and congratulations to everyone involved. It has made our day!’

HIYA’s poster is part of a series of awareness campaigns being produced by HIYA who are a group of 11-18 year olds who aim to bring the community together, promote a positive image of young people and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour. You can find all of HIYA previous video campaigns on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7fIfYMTAQrD69__faeEP9Q


01/06/17 - Brand New Volunteering Programme Launched

As part of National Volunteers week, taking place 01-07 June 2017, Teen Talk (Harwich) will be launching a brand new youth volunteering programme. The opportunity is open to 18-25 year olds who want to gain the skills and knowledge they need to start a career working with young people.

The initial training will take place over 3 hours per week for 4 weeks where you will cover topics such as safeguarding, professional boundaries and confidentiality as well as getting hands on experience supporting young people as part of our Life Skills project activities including the HIYA youth forum and Harwich Wildlife Project.

Once your training is complete you will be able to help develop and deliver a whole range of activities at Teen Talk including our coffee clubs, school holiday activities and annual awards evening. You’ll also have access to opportunities that include supporting our marketing, event planning and social media activities.

The skills and knowledge you gain through this training will not only benefit those interested in youth based carers such as teaching, youth work, child minding or social care, but will also be transferable to other areas and we’ll even help you to find opportunities with other organisations that's just the right fit for you.

This programme is free to volunteers and travel expenses can be reimbursed. To find out more and get your application pack just drop in to our centre at 17 Cliff Road, Harwich, or contact:

Adrian Davis
Support Worker
01255 504800 / teentalkadrian@hotmail.com


24/04/17 - Generations Come Together for Afternoon Tea

HIYA members, Stephen Moore, Brandon Carter, Jamie Slater and Olivia Slater have volunteered their time during Easter half term to bake a variety of different cakes to share during afternoon tea with residents at Lime Court Residential Home.

HIYA have previously made several visits to Lime Court including a Christmas lunch to deliver the Christmas Gift Boxes and visits to speak to residents and gather information to put in their memory newsletters.

During their recent visit the HIYA members enjoyed chatting to the residents while listening to music. Jodie Hall, Project Manager commented that ‘the HIYA members produced some amazing Easter cakes which they then enjoyed handing out to the residents at Lime Court Residential home. It is great to see them interacting with people from another generation and volunteering their time to spend with others. Well done HIYA!’

HIYA are a youth forum of Teen Talk (Harwich), a group of 11-18 year olds who aim to bring the community together, promote a positive image of young people and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.




20/04/17 - The Great Easter Egg Mystery Trail

The Great Easter Egg Mystery Trail took place on Thursday 13 April with a total of 6 teams and 30 people in attendance. Each group had their knowledge of the local area put to the test, working in teams to solve cryptic clues with a little history thrown in. At each site around Harwich there was a clue to find and decipher which then allowed one of the suspects to be eliminated. By the time they completed all the clues, one suspect was left.

The winning team, returning to the Teen Talk centre in the quickest time and with the correct suspect, was ‘Moore’s Munchers’ who completed the trail in just over 1 hour. No group went home empty handed and every team received a chocolate prize.

Adrian Davis, Support Worker at Teen Talk and organiser of The Great Easter Egg Mystery Trail commented ‘This event was a huge success and a big thank you goes to everyone involved. Keep a look out for the upcoming summer activity programme.’

Some of the feedback from those who attended included ‘good fun all round’, ‘really enjoyed the event’ and ‘great to get the kids away from electronics.’

The prizes were kindly donated by Tesco and Thornton's and they range from Easter Eggs to boxes of chocolates. The post event refreshments were provided by Asda, in the shape of hot cross buns, and our thanks go to Asda’s Deidre Scott for help with the event on the day.

To find out about future Teen Talk events and weekly activities please call 01255 504800 or drop in to our centre at 17 Cliff Road, Harwich, CO12 3PP.



24/03/17 - Harwich Wildlife Projects Win Prize Money for Edible Community Garden

On Friday 17 March 2017 Harwich Wildlife Projects members, Brandon Carter, Sasha Hughes and Becky McPhee, attended the Community Soup event held at the Adult Education Centre, where they pitched their ideas for developing Teen Talk’s edible community garden in the hope of winning prize money that would make their creative ideas a reality.

Three other pitches took place from organisations in the local area. Bill Davidson pitched for waste education in Parkston to encourage turning waste into money to make thing happen, ‘Winter Warmers’ pitched their community sharing scheme which keeps vulnerable people warm in Harwich and lastly a pitch from ‘Art from Rubbish’ explained their plans to develop art and educate at the same time.

The night was a great success with guests receiving a bowl of soup and spoon, the spoon was then used to vote for a winner from the four pitches. Once the spoons has been collected and counted Harwich Wildlife Projects were announced as the winners of the £380 prize money. A further £375 was shared between the remaining pitches.

The group plan to use the money to help them grow vegetables to be donated to other local projects and create educational spaces for the community. The group hope to achieve this using as much recycled material as possible.

Fern Lovett, Wildlife Coordinator at Teen Talk, commented ‘We had an amazing night at the brilliant community soup event. We are over the moon and can’t wait to start work on our edible community garden at Teen Talk! Thank you to all the organisers of the event, people who voted and a massive well done to all the other pitches.’

If you would like to volunteer as part of Harwich Wildlife Projects or the Edible Community Garden please contact Fern Lovett on teentalkfern@hotmail.com or call 01255 504800.



23/03/17 - Awards Received from the High Sheriff of Essex

On Wednesday 15th March 2017 two members of Harwich Inspired Youth Action (HIYA), Michael Hymers and Stephen Moore, represented their group at the Essex High Sheriff Awards held at Hylands House, Chelmsford.

HIYA were extremely happy to receive a High Sheriff Award and the National Crimebeat Award to recognise the work of HIYA in developing a Crime Campaign to raise awareness of issues in Harwich.

Stephen expressed 'I really had a good night and felt proud of us for winning the awards. It feels good to win things like this because I can include them on my CV.'

Jodie Hall, a Project Manager at Teen Talk, commented ‘I would like to add that I am very proud of the work HIYA do and that they tackle very sensitive subjects and do so with a high level of maturity and respect.'

HIYA are a voluntary youth forum of 11-18 year olds who want to improve the image of young people and provide events and campaigns in the community. You can view both of HIYA’s Crime Campaigns on our YouTube page at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7fIfYMTAQrD69__faeEP9Q



20/03/17 - Chip Butty’s Shared for National Takeaway Week

The second of three special evening session for parents and carers was held at Teen Talk on 28 February 2017.

For this sold out evening Support Worker, Julie Hewitt and her group shared an evening of chip butties, refreshment and the opportunity to take part in a quiz.

One parent who attended commented ’I found the evening to be a great laugh surrounded by some very friendly people. I also learnt a few facts’.

Julie expressed ‘thanks to everyone who attended the chip and quiz evening it was an enjoyable, successful evening and that was down to everyone being so warm and friendly. It is definitely on the cards to arrange another one.’

Each of the sessions aims to promote positivity while providing parents and carers with informative and fun topics.

The next parent and carer evenings will be taking place on:

Tuesday 28 March – mum’s pamper night, an evening of relaxation with face masks, foot wraps and jewellery for sale.


To book your tickets or to simply find out more please contact Julie Hewitt on 01255 504800 or drop into the centre at 17 Cliff Road, Harwich, CO12 3PP.



27/02/17 - Fundraising Cake and Craft Stall

On Friday 17 February youth volunteers from Teen Talk put on a fundraising stall at Harwich’s Friday Market in hopes of raising funds that they could put back into their future projects while also raising awareness around Teen Talk.

The stall was organised by young people from youth forum Harwich Inspired Youth Action (HIYA) and The Harwich Wildlife Project. After hours of baking and crafting items to sell in the days leading up to the stall, both groups put together displays and spent the day chatting with the local community.

Adrian Davis, Support Worker at Teen Talk attended alongside the HIYA group and expressed 'The young people worked well together, engaged with the public and after 3 hours raised over £50.00. The money is for HIYA's community projects so it was good to see the public get behind them and support their efforts.’

Fern Lovett, Wildlife Project Coordinator at Teen Talk also attended the event alongside The Harwich Wildlife Project members and commented ‘We had a beautiful stall at the market on Friday and we raised £35.10 for our Wildlife Projects, thank you to everyone who came down and supported us.’

A big thank you from all at Teen Talk goes to Don, The Manager of Harwich Market who donated the stall, and to all of those that donated we hope you enjoyed your cake and crafts.

To find out more about Teen Talk or any of the regular activities we hold please contact 01255 504800 or drop into our Harwich centre.



22/02/17 - The Great Easter Egg Mystery - book your place now!

Easter is only around the corner so now is the time to book your space in our upcoming fun Easter event. Not only will you be in with a chance to win prizes you will also have your knowledge of the local area put to the test. This event is open to families with children and young people aged 11 to 25, however young people who wish to attend alone and are between 15-17 years old will need parent’s permissions.

This event is designed to provide some free fun at Easter. Working in teams you will solve the cryptic clues with a little history thrown in and afterwards meet back at Teen Talk for refreshments. You can also discover the varied weekly activities provided at Teen Talk, and see what’s going to be provided in our packed fun summer sessions.

The Great Easter Egg Mystery event will be taking place on:
Thursday 13 April, 2.00pm-4.00pm

To book your place please call 01255 504800 or drop in to our centre at 17 Cliff Road, Harwich, CO12 3PP.





16/02/17 - Laughter shared for national storytelling week

The first of three special evening session for parents and carers was held at Teen Talk on 31 January 2017 with ‘Laughter is the Best Medicine’, a light hearted look at happiness for National Story Telling week.

For this first evening Support Workers, Julie Hewitt and Adrian Davis, performed their favourite short stories with many guests joining in to share their own.

One parent who attended commented ’I found the evening to be interesting, entertaining, funny and informative. It was great opportunity to meet new people.’ Another added ’the evening was different and we enjoyed it’.

Julie and Adrian expressed ‘We would like to thank the parents who attended the ‘Laughter is the Best Medicine’ storytelling event, they contributed to the success of the evening, adding their funny experiences, which led to a very enjoyable evening’.

Each of the sessions aims to promote positivity while providing parents and carers with informative and fun topics.

The next parent and carer evenings will be taking place on:

Tuesday 28 February - a celebration of the chip as part of National Takeaway week and will include chip butties.

Tuesday 28 March – mum’s pamper night, an evening of relaxation with face masks and foot wraps.

To book your tickets or to simply find out more please contact Julie Hewitt on 01255 504800 or drop into the centre at 17 Cliff Road, Harwich, CO12 3PP.




29/11/2016 - Fundraising for the Christmas Gift Project

On the 28 October 2016 members of Teen Talk's groups, Harwich Inspired Youth Action (HIYA) and Harwich Wildlife Projects, put all their efforts and time into a homemade cake sale in the town centre during the towns busy Friday market. The cake sale was a huge success and a total of £81 was raised on the day.

The groups are fundraising to make this year’s Christmas Gift project even bigger and better than it was last year. The group want to share their festive spirit throughout the community and this project will see dozens of hampers with items such as tinned and dried food, toiletries, stationary, crafts, make-up and festive treats distributed to Harwich and District Foodbank, Colchester Woman’s Refuge and residents at Lime Court Residential Home. Items will also be donated by the Harwich and Dovercourt Partnership.

This year the youngsters have added a personal touch to the presents. Jodie Hall, Teen Talk Project Manager, said: “The Christmas gift boxes will definitely be a big help to some of the most vulnerable in our community and HIYA have loved doing this project. They have been writing Christmas cards to the residents of the home to include in the hampers and adding loads of personal touches to try and tailor the hampers to each person.'

Donations from the public are welcome and can be made up until Friday 02 December via the donations boxes at Teen Talk, Foley's in Gravel Hill Way, Iceland, The Pound Shop, library, Spring Meadows Primary School and the Harwich and Dovercourt Hight School.

For more information contact Teen Talk on 01255 504800.



24/11/16 - #GiveMe5 – chance for £5 donations to Teen Talk to be doubled on Giving Tuesday

- Localgiving is doubling 1,000 x £5 donations through its #GiveMe5 match fund on 29th November 2016.
- The match fund marks this year’s #GivingTuesday - a global day of giving.
- Donate £5 to Teen Talk for the chance to have it doubled through the campaign.

Teen Talk is taking part in Localgiving’s #GiveMe5 campaign, offering local supporters the chance to have their donations to the charity doubled. The Harwich based charity will be using the #GiveMe5 campaign to raise vital funds for its confidential information and support services which, help hundreds of 11-25 year olds in Tendring every year.

#GiveMe5 will take place on 29th November, aiming to inspire support for community-focused charities like Teen Talk, by doubling 1,000 x £5 donations made throughout the day. At the end of the 24 hour match fund period, 1,000 donations will be randomly selected to benefit from an additional £5 of match funding, with successful donors being notified within 48 hours.

#GiveMe5 marks this year’s #GivingTuesday. #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving, now in its fourth year. Across the world people will be coming together in the spirit of giving. Whether donating, volunteering or simply lending your voice, this is a real opportunity to make a difference.

Those wishing to donate to Teen Talk through #GiveMe5 can do so at
www.localgiving.com/teentalkharwich.

For more information about #GiveMe5 or any other Localgiving match fund campaigns, please visit Localgiving.com, email help@localgiving.com or call 0300 111 2340.



30/09/16 - You are Hear Bench Project

Over the past year our HIYA youth forum group member’s Brandon Carter, Stephen Moore and Michael Hymers have been involved with Essex Records Office ‘You Are Hear’ listening bench project. This involved the three members listening to many historic recordings from people living in Harwich throughout the years. These recordings focused on major event topics such as the flood and the war from the different Harwich resident’s perspectives.

Once the HIYA members listened to all of the recorded clips they had the chance to then edit them down to two minute clips. The Essex Records Office regularly met with the HIYA members at the Teen Talk centre in Harwich. During these sessions they used a computer system called Audacity to edit and produce the clips for the bench and then recorded themselves introducing the project. You can now listen to all of the clips by visiting St Helens Green in Harwich by the Treadwheel Crane.

The members involved really enjoyed the experience of using the different computer programmes and developing their skills as well as attending the big final unveiling of the bench on 24th September. The Mayoress Mrs Kim Warner attended the celebration and cut the ribbon to mark the opening of the new bench with the HIYA members and their families.


Brandon and Stephen are now planning to write a blog for the Essex Records Office. Jodie Hall a Support Worker and Project Manager at Teen Talk explained ‘It’s been great for the HIYA members to find out more about Harwich’s history and to create a bench where others can also’.



25/09/16 - British Empire Award

Hayley Lovett, chief executive of Teen Talk Harwich, was stunned to receive a letter telling her she would be receiving the British Empire Medal. She has been put forward for the commendation as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Hayley has a been working at Teen Talk for over ten years now and in that time she has devoted her time and effort to the young people in and around the Tendring area. She has gone above and beyond and the call of duty and has helped countless young people and their families turn their lives around.

Hayley expressed ‘It was quite difficult to take on board at first, Teen Talk has been my job for a number of years now and luckily for me it is a role that I am passionate about. So at first I felt I didn’t really deserve it, this is my day to day job.

I lead a team of wonderful people who have worked tirelessly to support thousands of young people over the years so really I owe my thanks to them in helping me to achieve this Award. “

The Chair of Teen Talk Judith Peters commented ‘I would like to add my congratulations and express that I am delighted to be able to support Hayley and her team in the crucial work they are doing to support local vulnerable young people and their families’.

The ceremony was held in Ingatestone Hall where the Lieutenant of Essex Lord Petre of Writtle presented Hayley with the award.



09/08/16 - Afternoon Tea Fundraiser in Oxleys of Dovercourt

Volunteer Fundraisers have raised vital funds for Teen Talk with a successful afternoon tea party at Oxley’s of Dovercourt.

Marion Rowland and Sue Coe organised the event which was held on 03 August 2016, with Oxley’s providing cakes and sandwiches in their tea room. The afternoon also included a raffle with prizes donated by the local community.

Marion commented ‘Thank you everyone who attended our ‘Afternoon Tea Party’ at Oxley’s and for making it such a pleasurable afternoon. We made £206.50 for the Teen Talk Fund. The food provided by Mary and David Oxley was delicious as usual, thank you to them for all their hard work, it is really appreciated’.

Funds raised by the community enable Teen Talk to continue supporting 11-25 year olds in the Tendring area with any issue they may be facing as well as helping to fund Teen Talk’s ongoing activities.
Hayley Lovett, CEO said ‘We are always so grateful for the hard work local people put into fundraising for Teen Talk. Marion and Sue’s afternoon tea party was a huge success and we’d like to thank everyone involved for their generous donations.’
If you would like to become a volunteer fundraiser for Teen Talk please get in touch on 01255 556866, email teentalkkatie@hotmail.com or make a donation at https://localgiving.org/teentalkharwich.



01/07/16 - Summer of Challenges Open for Bookings

This summer holiday we will be holding a number of free activities for 11-19 year olds as part of its Summer of Challenges.

The challenges will be different every week and include obstacle courses, rocket launching, bug and big build challenges. The Summer of Challenges will be taking place between 27 July and 01 September for 11-19 year olds in Bathside, Harwich and Parkeston following a grant from money raised by HealthStrength through the Health Lottery. Prizes have been donated by Hughes in upper Dovercourt with the overall winner picking up the grand prize of a brand new tablet computer.

Adrian Davis, Teen Talk Support Worker, said: ‘If a young person feels they have nothing to do this school holiday then the Summer of Challenges is a great way to change that. We’ve got loads of brand new activities to get stuck into and some great prizes up for grabs.’

Spaces are limited so to make sure you’re in with a chance to win, book your place on 01255 504800 or drop in to the Teen Talk centre at 17 Cliff Road.


24/06/16 - Teen Talks Community Garden Project

Some enthusiastic young people from Teen Talks Hello group have volunteered to tend and maintain the Teen Talk Community Garden over the upcoming summer. Hello are a group of young people aged 18-25 years who have weekly meetings involving relaxed discussions and socialising over coffee, a chance to meet new people, gain some employment information and skills as well has having the opportunity to take part in the garden project. The group have chosen to produce vegetables which they will then donate to The Peoples Community Kitchen where the food will be put to great use. The group have already planted yellow and red tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, corn and red peppers and they are already starting to sprout and develop. The young people involved are planning to maintain all aspects of gardening throughout the upcoming months in order to grow some good quality produce. The group are gaining important life skills and enjoy the responsibility and challenge of producing good size, good quality vegetables and herbs that will go to those in need. Sophia Ioannou, a support worker at Teen Talk, is overseeing this project and explained ‘It’s great to work with such an enthusiastic group, they are really enjoying their roles within the garden project and have great input and ideas’.

The Hello Coffee Club takes place every Thursday afternoon, 2.00pm-4.00pm at Teen Talks The Central building. For more information please contact Sophia Ioannou on 01255 504 800 or drop in to our centre.



25/05/16 - Who Will Care? Awards 2016

Teen Talk is proud to announce that Harwich Inspired Youth Action (HIYA) was honoured with the runner up award at the ‘Who Will Care?’ awards ceremony on Wednesday 25 May at the Civic Centre, Chelmsford.

This award is for nominated individuals, voluntary organisations and charities that deserve recognition for their volunteering efforts and commitment, for going that extra mile and making a difference. HIYA were excited to be finalists in the Volunteer Team category for their amazing effort and commitment for their Christmas box project.

HIYA, a youth forum of 11-25 year olds, led an appeal in December to collect food donations and treats so that they could make up Christmas Gift Boxes. They then delivered these boxes to a local residential home, Lime Court, and also to the Peoples Community Kitchen. In total they made 100 boxes which were handed out in the weeks leading up to Christmas. This project allowed HIYA members to bridge the gap between the generations in Harwich and be able to give to those in need at Christmas.
The ceremony celebrated volunteer achievements across the county and included buffet and drinks and an awards category in which Brandon Carter and Georgina Scott were photographed and presented the runners up award and proudly received a certificate on behalf of the group.

Jodie Hall a support worker at Teen Talk commented ‘It was a good opportunity for HIYA to be celebrated for their hard work, dedication and achievement as well a chance to find out about the good other people are doing within the county'.

HIYA plan to make the Christmas gift project bigger and better in 2016. If you would like to help support the project contact Jodie Hall on 01255 504800 or alternatively email teentalkjodie@hotmail.com.



16/05/16 - New & Improved Parent & Carer Coffee Morning‏

Are you a parent or carer or know of someone who is? Our Tuesday term time coffee mornings are dedicated to parents and carers of 11-25 year olds, where our Support Workers can offer practical information and guidance should you have a concern for a young person in your care.

Following feedback from families, our parent and carer coffee mornings have been revamped and are now made up of three main areas:

Group Session (term time only. Between 10.00am and 11.00am we hold a very relaxed and informal group session where you can just drop in for a cuppa and meet others that perhaps have had a similar experience to you. Parents and carers have told us that this is a great way to draw on the experience of others, take some time for themselves, and that they don’t feel so alone knowing that other families have overcome the same difficulties.

NEW! One to one sessions (term time only)
By popular demand we now hold short one-to-one appointments with a support worker so that you can discuss any concerns you may have or ask any questions in private. Held between 11.00am-12.00noon. The sessions are very popular so we recommend contacting our support workers directly on 01255 504800 so that you can book your slot in advance.

Family Fun Sessions (school holidays only)
These fun sessions give you and your family an opportunity to come together for a school holiday activity. In the past we’ve held art and craft sessions, beach trips and picnics and always welcome new ideas. Keep an eye on our events calendar where we will post the latest family fun session details as soon as they become available.


27/04/16 - The Diana Awards

Teen Talk is delighted to announce that Harwich Inspired Youth Action (HIYA) was honoured with the Diana Award at New Hall School, Chelmsford, on Wednesday 27 April 2016.

HIYA, a youth forum of 11-25 year olds, led an appeal in Harwich to collect food donations and treats so that they could make up Christmas Gift Boxes. They then delivered these boxes to elderly people at a local residential home, Lime Court, and also to the Peoples Community Kitchen. In total they made 100 boxes which were handed out in the weeks leading up to Christmas. This project allowed HIYA members to bridge the gap between the generations in Harwich and be able to give to those in need at Christmas.

Inspirational young people from across the Easter region, were presented with a Diana Award as part of INSPIRE Series. These outstanding young people have invested a huge amount of energy and time to improve the lives of others and receive this Award, in memory of Princess Diana and with the Prime Minister as Patron, with pride.

Since 1999, the Diana Award that was set up in memory of Princess Diana has recognised over 45,000 young people who have made a positive difference to the lives of others and their communities. The Diana Award believe that young people should be: encouraged for their contributions to society, empowered to reach their full potential and they should be engaged in social action as early in life as possible. Tessy Ojo, Chief Executive of the Diana Award, says; ‘These young people come from all walks of life and many have challenging and disadvantaged backgrounds, however what they share is a deep sense of social responsibility’.

Young people who attended INSPIRE Essex received specialised training in campaigning and community action to kick start a yearlong social action initiative, with their peers, to tackle social issues, make a positive change and contribute to a brighter future for themselves and others.

Many famous faces attended to present and give out awards to the young people including Ricky Rayment from the well-known TV programme TOWIE and the singers Larissa Eddie and Faith Nelson. The young people had the opportunity to chat to the guests and have their pictures taken and watch performances.
Adrian Davis, support worker at Teen Talk commented ‘It was a worthwhile day to see our young people getting the well-deserved recognition for all their ongoing efforts’.



16/03/16 - High Sheriff Gives Recognition to Teen Talk and HIYA

Teen Talk and youth forum, Harwich Inspired Youth Action (HIYA), have been recognised for their contribution to community safety and crime prevention by the High Sheriff of Essex.

Teen Talk representatives Jodie Hall and Sophia Ioannou, and HIYA members Daniel Slater and Brandon Carter, joined more than 40 voluntary and community organisation at this year’s ceremony, held at Hylands House in Chelmsford.

Certificates were presented to HIYA by outgoing High Sheriff of Essex, Vincent Thompson, to acknowledge the strong and continuing commitment of HIYA’s young members to community safety and intergenerational cohesion in Harwich and Dovercourt. In addition, Teen Talk received £500 from the High Sheriffs’ fund towards the purchase of IT equipment that will enable HIYA to develop a campaign on hate crime and to support other activities which improve community safety.

Project Manager, Jodie Hall, said ‘It’s great to see the young people of HIYA getting recognition from the High Sheriff. All the members work so hard on their projects to make a difference in their community and Teen Talk can’t wait to help them get started on putting together new media for their crime campaign.’



05/02/16 - HIYA’s Memory Newsletter Project

In January, Teen Talk’s youth forum, Harwich Inspired Youth Action (HIYA), launched their brand new Memory Newsletter Project.

HIYA have been working with members of the local Harwich community to gather information about their childhood memories to see how being a teenager has changed over the years and portray life growing up in different generations.

They are making these interesting life accounts and memories into newsletters that will be sent out over the next 12 months via the Teen Talk newsletter.
This first issue features Jo Henderson, Tendring District Councils representative on the Teen Talk Committee and was written by HIYA member Erin Munro. It takes a look into some of the new pressures faced by young people.

The second issue features Andy Rutter, from the Harwich Society and was written by HIYA member Kieran Hutchence. It gives us an insight into what his life was like as a young person.

You can read the first two additions of the Memory Newsletter here:

http://www.teentalkharwich.co.uk/newsletters.php

Don’t forget to sign up to the Teen Talk mailing list to get the next editions straight to your inbox. Just email teentalkkatie@hotmail.com to be added.



12/01/16 - HIYAs Christmas Gift Project Success

In December 2015 HIYA, Teen Talk's youth forum of 11-21 year olds, were involved in setting up a Christmas gift project to benefit those in the local community. They kindly donated food and made up individually wrapped Christmas food boxes with contributions from the local community and the Harwich & Dovercourt Partnership. These boxes were given out to local care homes and to the local community kitchen. Following the success of HIYA's Christmas gift project Debbie Harper, from People’s Community Kitchen expressed her thanks:


'In these days of media reports of disaffected youth it is so encouraging to find that there are, within our community, caring young people to help those less fortunate than themselves in a thoughtful & practical manner. Harwich Inspired Youth Action, HIYA, is the Youth Forum of Teen Talk Harwich - a youth support group in the area. We are volunteers at the People's Community Kitchen seeking to help those less fortunate than ourselves by providing a hot meal once a week on a donation only basis. On December 22nd 2015 we held our Christmas meal which brought pleasure to our clients who are now a cohesive group enjoying each other's company. That pleasure was greatly enhanced by the provision of 60 Christmas boxes. These were donated by HIYA & included essentials as well as shortbread, mince pies & chocolates. We were to learn that the young people had provided all the items & were most keen to help those less fortunate than themselves. The gesture was much appreciated by those present & indeed many were moved to write a letter to HIYA to thank them for their thoughtfulness. When many view young people as caring only for themselves may I say they DO care for others. In our area they offer practical help & they belong to a great group - HIYA!’



15/12/15 - Christmas Gift Project

Members of Teen Talk's youth Forum, Harwich Inspired Youth Action (HIYA), have launched their first ever Christmas Gift Project.

The group of 11-21 year olds have been working with local businesses and community members to collect food donations for gift parcels that will be handed out over the chirstmas period.

HIYA member, Georgia Olive, said, 'This year HIYA wanted to give a present to people in the community for Christmas to show that young people care about others in our community. We have made collection boxes that went into local shops and communal areas to ask others in the community to also donate and show good community spirit at Christmas.'

The gift parcels will be available at a number of locations including the People's Community Kitchen at the Salvation Army Hall, Harwich.

HIYA would like to send their thanks to all who have supported this project including Superdrug, Wellworth a £, Belmans Court, Crooked Elms, Iceland, Oxleys, Harwich & Dovercourt High School Hair Salon and Lawford Surgery. A special thanks go to the Harwich and Dovercourt Partnership, who made a large donation to the project.


27/11/15 - #GiveMe5 – chance for £5 donations to Teen Talk to be doubled on Giving Tuesday

- Localgiving is doubling 1,000 x £5 donations through its #GiveMe5 match fund on 1st December 2015.
- The match fund marks this year’s #GivingTuesday - a global day of giving.
- Donate £5 to Teen Talk for the chance to have it doubled through the campaign.

Teen Talk is taking part in Localgiving’s #GiveMe5 campaign, offering local supporters the chance to have their donations to the charity doubled. The Harwich based charity will be using the #GiveMe5 campaign to raise vital funds for its confidential information and support services which, help hundreds of 11-25 year olds in Tendring every year.

#GiveMe5 will take place on 1st December, aiming to inspire support for community-focused charities like Teen Talk, by doubling 1,000 x £5 donations made throughout the day. At the end of the 24 hour match fund period, 1,000 donations will be randomly selected to benefit from an additional £5 of match funding, with successful donors being notified within 48 hours.

#GiveMe5 marks this year’s #GivingTuesday. #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving, now in its fourth year. Across the world people will be coming together in the spirit of giving. Whether donating, volunteering or simply lending your voice, this is a real opportunity to make a difference.

Those wishing to donate to Teen Talk through #GiveMe5 can do so at
www.localgiving.com/teentalkharwich.

For more information about #GiveMe5 or any other Localgiving match fund campaigns, please visit Localgiving.com, email help@localgiving.com or call 0300 111 2340.



05/11/15 - Local Young People Celebrated at Awards Evening

Young people from Harwich were celebrated for their outstanding achievements at Teen Talk’s annual awards evening on Tuesday 03 November at the Pier Hotel in Harwich.

More than 40 dignitaries, friends and family members joined Teen Talk and youth forum Harwich Inspired Youth Action (HIYA) as awards were presented to 13 young people in recognition of their volunteering achievements, fundraising and successful campaigning over the past year.

Awards were presented by Harwich Town Mayor Dave McLeod, Caroline Taylor of Essex Community Foundation, Rotary Club representatives Norman Cory and Adrian Dann, and Teen Talk Chair Fred Heddell.

Throughout 2015 HIYA have been carrying out a range of fundraising activities in order to support their own and other community projects. On the night, donations were made by HIYA of £100 to the Harwich Society and £200 to the Pioneer Sailing Trust.

The final award of the night was the ‘Outstanding Achievement’ award, which was presented to 14 year old Daniel Slater, in recognition of his commitment throughout the year. Dan has been involved in all three of this year’s campaigns, played a key role in the Hoody Festival, assisted in the launch of the groups Christmas Gift Project and has attended every fundraising activity the group has organised.

Jodie Hall, Support Worker with HIYA, said of the awards evening: ‘We are so pleased to be able to work with such an inspiring group of young people and have the opportunity to celebrate their numerous successes. I would like to thank the team at Milsoms for hosting the evening and congratulate all the young people on their well-deserved awards.’



28/10/15 - Jobs At Teen Talk

Project Coordinator
Location: Harwich and Tendring Area
Salary: £30,000 pro rata
Hours: Full Time (37.5hrs)
Closing Date: Friday 20 November 2015

We are recruiting a Project Coordinator, who is passionate about young people, to lead a small team within our unique and well established information and support service.

The ideal candidate will be trained in safeguarding and have experience of working with young people aged 11-25 years, providing emotional support and activities, coordinating services and leading a team.

We are looking for someone who can empower young people to take control of their lives, is enthusiastic, committed and will bring their own personality and skills to the role.

Key areas of responsibility include:

· Leading our support team


· Supporting staff with Child Protection decisions

·Providing emotional wellbeing support to young people

·Training and monitoring staff and volunteers

·Coordinating and delivering services

· Monitoring and evaluating the project.


For more information and to receive and application pack please call 01255 556866.



15/10/15 - The World’s Worst Energy Drink



Teen Talk’s youth forum, Harwich Inspired Youth Action (HIYA), have seen the launch of their brand new film ‘The World’s Worst Energy Drink’, which highlights how the drinks adversely impact the body.


The project was first started in 2014, when HIYA members met with Fixers, an organisation that supports young people to tackle the issues important to them and make positive change for themselves and those around them. HIYA were concerned that young people are too often reaching for energy drinks and wanted to highlight the potential health risks when drunk excessively. This lead to coverage on ITV News Anglia in November 2014.


HIYA and Fixers have now produced a short film to be shown in schools and it is hoped that by providing information about the possible side effects, their campaign will prompt young people to reduce the quantity they consume.


The ‘World’s Worst Energy Drink’ film can be viewed here: http://www.fixers.org.uk/index.php?module_instance_id=11312&core_alternate_io_handler=view_fixer_video&data_ref_id=10863&video_no=1



25/09/15 - Brand New Community Space Opened

Teen Talk have officially launched their brand new community space, The Central, following an open afternoon on Thursday 24 September 2015.


Teen Talk have transformed the workshop at their Harwich based centre into a self-contained community space following grants from Veolia Environmental Trust through the Landfill Communities Fund, the Essex County Council Community Initiatives Fund and the Tendring District Council Big Society Fund. Teen Talk’s Youth Forum, Harwich Inspired Youth Action (HIYA), have named the space ‘The Central’.


The Central has undergone work including improved disability access, upgraded kitchen and toilet facilities and new furniture so that it is an accessible space where the community can meet up, take part in new activities and receive support.


For the opening, Teen Talk were joined by former chairman of Tendring District Council, Val Guglielmi, who presented a cheque of £2175.24, to develop services. The funds were raised by Cllr Guglielmi’s during her year in office.


The Central is now available for community use. For more information or to make a booking please contact the Teen Talk administration office on 01255 556866 or email teentalkkatie@hotmail.com



20/09/15 - Harwich Hoody Fest Success for the 5th Anniversary

Teen Talk's youth forum, Harwich Inspired Youth Action (HIYA), have celebrated the Harwich Hoody Festivals 5th anniversary with an event that was their biggest yet.


The festival, which was held on Saturday 19 September at the Park Pavilion, saw more than 350 visitors throughout the day. The Hoody Fest aims to bring together all generations of the community to promote a positive image of young people. This year’s event featured stalls, games, dance groups and local young performers in the Battle of the Bands competition.


This year’s competition winners were Specs, who won the bands prize, and Abbie Hartley, who won the solo performer prize. Both received a recording studio session.


Congratulations go to all involved in making the Hoody Fest a success and to all the volunteers who supported the event.



12/10/15 - Hello Coffee Club Launched in Harwich and Clacton

Teen Talk have launched a brand new project running in both Harwich and Clacton, specifically for young people aged 18-25 years.

The weekly Hello Coffee Club gives young people a new social activity where they can drop in to meet new people and find out about the opportunities available to them.

Support Worker, Josh Lane, said: 'We were continually being told by this age group that there is nothing out there for them where they can just meet up with people their own age. The Hello sessions give young people just that. It’s really chilled and great for just getting out of the house and trying something new.’

It is hoped that these sessions will not only provide a much needed meeting point for the age group, but also support young people to take on new opportunities. Josh continues, ‘It might be that you have an idea for a project, an area that you want to work in or an activity you want to try, and you just don’t know how to get started. We can help with that.’

The Hello Coffee Club runs weekly in both Harwich and Clacton and free refreshments are provided at each session:

Hello Clacton – Every Tuesday, 11.00am-12.30pm
Clacton Library, Station Road, CO15 1SF

Hello Harwich – Every Thursday, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Teen Talk, 17 Cliff Road, CO12 3PP

For more information call 01255 504800 or email teentalk1@hotmail.co.uk



28/08/15 - Hoody Festival

This years Hoody Festival organised by Harwich Inspired Youth Action will be held:

Date: Saturday 19th September 2015
Time: 10.30am – 5.00pm
Venue: Park Pavilion, Barrack Lane, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3NS
Admission: FREE

The one day free entertainment festival has been organised by the young people of HIYA and aims to bring together all generations, friends and family to show that not everyone who wears a hoody is bad to mix with and encourage the community to work together.

Don’t forget to wear your Hoody!

The Performers:
Charlotte
Redwood
Death By Blimp
Fionn
Abbey
Much +Luce
Royal British Legion Band
Broken Subjects
Entropy
Buzzards
Catrina’s

The Stalls:

The Raffle Prizes:
Theatre Tickets donated by the Princes Theatre
3 month youth card donated by Dovercourt Swimming Pool
2 tickets to a game at Portman Road donated by Ipswich Town FC

For more information or to be involved contact Teen Talk on 01255 504800 or email harwichinspiredyouthaction@hotmail.co.uk



18/08/15 - Brand New Community space celebrated

Teen Talk will be holding an open day on Thursday 24 September, 2.00pm-6.00pm, at their premises at Cliff Road, Harwich, to celebrate the completion of their centre’s refurbishment, including the transformation of their brand new community space The Central.

Teen Talk, who provide support services for young people aged 11-25, have transformed the workshop at their Harwich based centre into a self-contained community space following grants of £29,000 from Veolia Environmental Trust through the Landfill Communities Fund, and £13,000 from the Essex County Council Community Initiatives Fund. Teen Talk’s Youth Forum, Harwich Inspired Youth Action (HIYA), have named the space ‘The Central’.

The Central has undergone work including improved disability access, upgraded kitchen and toilet facilities and new furniture so that it is an accessible space where young people can meet up, take part in new activities, have fun a receive support.

Teen Talk’s main building has also undergone refurbishment throughout. As well as upgrading furniture, a grant from Awards for All has allowed the charity to install new kitchen and toilet facilities. Overall, the improvements in the charities facilities has made the centre more welcoming, accessible and comfortable for the many young people Teen Talk support.



20/02/15 - HIYA Chirstmas Lights Fund Raising Underway

Nine HIYA members spent the day fundraising at a bag packing event at Asda in Harwich on 20 February 2015.

A total of £190.37 was raised which will be split between the HIYA fund to continue to run the youth forum and their community fund, which this year the young people have chosen to raise for the towns Christmas lights.

HIYA are a group of 11-21 year olds who want to improve the image of young people in Harwich and meet fortnightly to organise events and campaigns for the local community.

HIYA Support Worker Jodie Hall said ‘We’d like to thank all the staff and customers at Asda for their support and generous donations and send our congratulations to the HIYA members who worked so hard to raise funds for the towns Christmas lights.’

Keep an eye out for HIYA’s next fundraising event, which will be a sponsored sleepover at the Redoubt Fort in Harwich, details will be released soon.



20/01/15 - HIYA Youth Forum Meet with Home Office

Teen Talk’s youth forum, Harwich Inspired Youth Action (HIYA), were invited to discuss crime in Harwich with members of the Home Office at a meeting which took place on the 14 January 2015 at the Guildhall.

The aim of the meeting was for the Home Office to get an insight from young people and parents about what problems they felt there were currently in Harwich in terms of crime and whether or not young people and parents felt safe in Harwich.

HIYA were able to put forward a number of points to Home Office representatives with the general feeling being that young people didn’t feel entirely safe in Harwich and that policing issues were a contributing factor to this. Overall it was felt that police are not available as often as they should be, that people know this and that is why crime is committed. It was felt there was a problem with drugs in the area and that some of this behaviour stemmed from unemployment and lack of activities for young people to participate in. Issues were also raised around transport, which is considered too expensive and not frequent enough.

The Home Office will be producing a report that includes the points made in this meeting which will be available in the coming weeks.


14/01/15 - Our Health Shop is Changing

Teen Talk’s free and confidential one stop health shop at our Harwich Centre is moving to a Thursday afternoon as follows:

Every Thursday, 3.00pm-5.00pm with Teen Talk Support Workers
3rd Thursday of the month, 3.00pm-6.00pm with Frisky or Risky Team Nurses

Whatever your question, you’ll still be able to get the same professional and confidential information and you still don’t need an appointment, just drop in.

As well as our Thursday Health Shop, our Support Workers can offer C-Cards, pregnancy testing and Chlamydia testing at our Harwich centre every afternoon.

Want to find out more? Just call 01255 504800 or drop in to our centre at 17 Cliff Road, Harwich.



13/01/15 - Local Young Campigners Praised with Diana Award

Teen Talk is delighted to announce that Harwich Inspired Youth Action (HIYA) has been honoured with the Diana Award. The Diana Award, set up in memory of Princess Diana’s belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better, has Prime Minister David Cameron as Patron and the support of the HRH Duke of Cambridge and HRH Prince Harry.

HIYA aged 13-18 years old from Harwich received the Diana Award for being an Active Campaigner in their local community.

HIYA took on a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of energy drinks. They produced a questionnaire to hand out to people in the local area to gain an insight into how much people already know and then they worked with ITV fixers to create a short video, which was shown on ITV Anglia news. This video was centred on the harm energy drinks can do to the body and included interviews with a shop manager, dentist and a nutritionist.

Since 1999, the Diana Award has recognised over 42,000 young people who have made a positive difference to the lives of others and their communities. The Diana Award believe that young people should be: encouraged for their contributions to society, empowered to reach their full potential and they should be engaged in social action as early in life as possible.

“Hayley Lovett, Teen Talk Manager said: “The Diana Award will encourage them to continue their fantastic campaigning. HIYA is delighted to receive an award in recognition of their campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of energy drinks.”

Tessy Ojo CEO of the Diana Award said: “The Diana Award is proud to recognise active campaigners, like HIYA who have the confidence and courage to stand up for what they believe. The Diana Active Campaigner Award is presented to inspirational young people who have made a positive difference in the communities. With a growing network of over 42,000 Award Holders, we are building a force of young people who are committed to take social action and improve their local communities.”

For more information on the Diana Award or to make a nomination please visit:
Website: www.diana-award.org.uk
Twitter:https://twitter.com/DianaAward
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thedianaaward



01/12/14 - Local Young People Celebrated at Awards Evening

Young people from Harwich were celebrated for their outstanding achievements at an awards evening hosted by Teen Talk on Friday 28 November at Long Meadows Community Centre.

More than 70 dignitaries, friends and family members joined Teen Talk and youth forum Harwich Inspired Youth Action (HIYA) as awards were presented in British Red Cross First Aid Training and Essex County Council ‘I Will’ Volunteering as well as awards recognising the efforts of the young people involved with the cookery and gardening projects at the Teen Talk centre.

Awards were presented by Harwich Town Mayor Alan Todd, Rotary Club representatives Pat and Norman Cory, John Goff from Milsoms Pier Hotel and Teen Talk Chair Fred Heddell and Vice Chair Judith Skargon.

The final award that was presented on the night was the ‘Outstanding Achievement’ award as voted for by members of HIYA. The winner of this was 18 year old Bethany Slater, who received the award for her dedication to the HIYA Energy Drinks Campaign. This campaign is aimed at young people to educate them on the effects energy drinks can have on the body and is designed to make people think twice before drinking them. Beth’s passion for this campaign was fuelled by her concerns for her brother who drank them regularly. Beth took a lead role in the campaign and worked alongside ITV Fixers to produce a video which was broadcast on ITV Anglia News in November 2014. Nina Bailey, Broadcast Researcher at ITV Fixers, said: ‘The group put a lot of effort into researching their Fixers project on energy drinks, which was impressive. Beth did a fantastic job of representing the group during the broadcast filming for ITV Anglia and made it look easy! I look forward to seeing how their Fixers project develops in 2015.'

The next step for this campaign is to continue to highlight the dangers and produce a video which can be shown in schools.

Teen Talk (Harwich) Manager, Hayley Lovett, said of the awards evening: ‘The young people at HIYA have worked hard throughout the year and on behalf of all at Teen Talk I would like to congratulate them all on the awards they received. We look forward to working with HIYA in 2015.’



22/09/14 - Harwich Hoody Fest Success

Teen Talk's youth forum, Harwich Inspired Youth Action (HIYA), have again seen success with their 4th Annual Harwich Hoody Festival as more than 300 people joined them for the one day entertainment festival.

The event aims to bring together all generations of the community to show that not everyone who wears a hoody is bad to mix with and promote a positive image of young people. This year's event took place on 20 September at the Park Pavilion in Barrack Lane. The festival featured local young performers in a Battle of the Bands competition with winner, Alfie Yates (pictured), picking up the grand prize of a recording studio session. The festival also included a range of local stall holders with cakes, crafts and family games.

Congratulations go to all involved in making the event another hit and to all the volunteers who helped to make it such as success. Plans for 2015's event are already well underway. To get involved just call
01255 504800.


06/10/14 - Enrolling Now

Pre-Apprenticeship in Administration & Customer Service
Harwich Based

If you are 16-18 and considering an apprenticeship in administration or customer service this is the course for you.

You will gain vital skills to prepare you for work in admin or customer service such as setting out professional letters and documents, proof reading skills for accuracy, terminology to use in both formal and informal emails and using different software on the computer. You will also learn valuable customer service skills, which can help you into various apprenticeships.

This course will be delivered by Signpost at the Teen Talk Centre in Harwich over 5 weeks. As well as gaining essential skills and a qualification, you will also have the opportunity to gain £100 in vouchers.

To enrol now call 01255 504800


15/09/14 - Harwich Hoody Festival 2014

Saturday 20 September, 10.30am-3.00pm
The Park Pavilion, Barrack Lane, Harwich, CO12 3NS
FREE Entrance

Live music with a battle of the bands competition
Bake Off Cake Competition
Dance Performance
Games
Crafts
Community Stalls

This year’s raffle has some amazing prizes donated by Stena Line, Delta Force paint balling, Aqua Springs, Colchester United and more!

Come along with your friends and family for this one day entertainment festival that shows not everyone who wears a hoody is bad to mix with.

For more information contact organisers Harwich Inspired Youth Action (HIYA) at Teen Talk on 01255 504800 or follow the event on twitter @HarwichHoody.

Don’t forget to wear your Hoody!


20/08/14 - Jobs at Teen Talk

Support Worker (Full Time)

Location: Harwich and Tendring Area
Salary: £18,000 pro rata
Hours: Full time (37.5hrs)
Closing Date: Friday 12 September 2014

Are you passionate about working with young people? Do you have experience in supporting a young person who has suffered with their mental health, abuse or neglect? Do you have the skills to make a difference to a young person’s life?

Due to ongoing service expansion we are recruiting innovative Support Workers to drive change for young people and their families through one-to-one support and group activities.

The Role:
•To provide the highest quality of support to young people and families
•Enhance development, education, health and wellbeing
•Develop key life skills
•Implement early interventions
•Arrange and deliver group activities, workshops and training
•Participate in the planning, monitoring and evaluation of service delivery
•Enable individuals to improve outcomes for themselves and their families

Essential Skills & Experience:
•Substantial experience of working with young people aged 11-25 years and their families
•Providing one-to-one support and evaluating needs
•Using a child centered approach to work
•Knowledge of safeguarding and safe practices in working with children, families and agencies
•Recording case work in a professional and timely manner
•Supporting young people and families to achieve positive outcomes

Applicants must be over 21, have access to a car or other personal transport and be willing to work in a flexible pattern.

Call 01255 240024 for an application form.


20/08/14 - Harwich Hoody Fest, The Countdown Begins!

The 4th Annual Harwich Hoody Festival, organised by Teen Talk’s youth Forum Harwich Inspired Youth Action (HIYA), will be taking place on Saturday 20 September 2014 at the Park Pavilion in Barrack Lane, 10.30am – 3.00pm.

The one day entertainment event will feature a battle of the bands competition where the winners will take home a recording studio session. The day will also showcase a range of local stall holders with crafts, cakes and games, a bake off, a dance troupe and a raffle with prizes from Stena Line, Delta Force paint balling, Aqua Springs, Colchester United and more.

The one day free entertainment festival has been organised by the young people of HIYA and aims to bring together the whole community to show that not everyone who wears a hoody is bad to mix with and encourage the community to work together.

There is still time to join in so whether you are a budding performer, would like to run a stall, volunteer or have a prize to donate to the raffle, just give HIYA a call on 01255 504800 or email teentalk1@hotmail.co.uk.


14/07/14 - Pioneer Sailing Day

Nine young people from Teen Talk (Harwich) have put their sea legs to the test in a one day sailing experience with the Pioneer Sailing Trust.

The trip took place on 07 July 2014 on board the trusts ship, The Pioneer. The sailing took the group from the trusts base in Brightlingsea, along the river Colne, past Mersea Island and out onto open water where the youngsters learnt how to tac, tie up the sails, steer with the rudder and most importantly, make tea in the galley.

Support Worker Julie Hewitt said: ‘This was a great activity for our young people to be involved in and it was thoroughly enjoyed by all. We’d like to thank the Pioneer Team for inviting us along.’


14/07/14 - New HIYA Chair and Vice Chair Announced

Teen Talk’s youth forum, Harwich Inspired Youth Action (HIYA) have carried out their bi-annual elections and are pleased to announced that Anya Lovett 15, and Liam Driver, 13, will be take on the roles of Chair and Vice Chair respectively for the coming six months.

Anya and Liam will be taking over the reins from Chair Kieran Hutchence and Vice Chair Liam Chaplin who have been long serving HIYA members.

HIYA meetings take place every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at Teen Talks headquarters at 17 Cliff Road. The group welcomes young people aged between 11-21 years that would like to support the forum in achieving their aim of improving the image of young people in their community.


10/07/14 - Summer Activities are Back

We’ve got loads of fun activities going on this summer to help you keep the boredom at bay. You can enjoy some summer sun with projects in the edible community garden, cook up a treat in the cookery workshops or get messy with some art and craft.

Activities are taking place from 29 July – 28 August and all are free to join in, but places are limited. For a full programme of events or to book your place call 01255 504800, email teentalk1@hotmail.co.uk or drop into the centre at 17 Cliff Road.

You can also view the full programme of events on the calendar page at http://www.teentalkharwich.co.uk/calendar.php


08/07/14 - Hoody Fest 2014 Battle of the Bands Entrance OPEN

If you are a local musician aged between 11-25 years old this is your chance to get your music heard.

The 4th annual Harwich Hoody Fest will be taking place on Saturday 20 September 2014 at the Park Pavilion, Barrack Lane, Harwich. The one day entertainment event, will feature a battle of the bands competition where the winner will receive a recording studio session.

The event is organised by Teen Talk’s youth forum, Harwich Inspired Youth Action (HIYA). HIYA representative, Anya Lovett, said: ‘Previous years have seen more than 300 festival goers attending the event at a time so it’s really great opportunity for young musicians to get seen and get their music heard.’

To secure your place in this year’s battle of the bands contact Teen Talk on 01255 504800 or email teentalk1@hotmail.co.uk.


09/07/14 - Teen Talk Welcomes New Staff

It is almost time to wave goodbye to Support Worker Steph Henson, who has worked on many projects at Teen Talk including the garden redevelopment, employment skills and the Clacton Outreach. We would like to thank Steph for her hard work and wish her all the best for the future.

We are pleased to have welcomed three new members of staff to the team, Jodie Hall, Sophia Ioannou and Jamie Kimber. All will be taking on the role of Support Worker and bring with them a wealth of experience supporting young people with emotional needs. We look forward to working with them on exciting future projects.


03/06/14 - Teen Talk Attends Star Studded Event

Representatives from Teen Talk (Harwich) joined an array of showbiz stars at a tea party event held by the Health Lottery on 02 June 2014 at the Savoy Hotel, London.

The event, hosted by Britain’s Got Talent judge Simon Cowell, celebrated the success of the Health Lottery and the charities it supports.

Teen Talk received £15,000 of funding from the Active Communities fund of the Health Lottery in July 2013. The fund has provided activities for young people and their families such as holiday workshops, coffee mornings and events as well as enabling new skills to be learnt to increase confidence, reduce social exclusion and improve relationships.


03/04/14 - Exam Stress Busted in Workshop

Young people were given tools and techniques to beat exam stress in a one off workshop on 02 April 2014.

Teen Talk (Harwich) teamed up with Essex County Councils Targeted Youth team to offer the first Exam Stress workshop at the Teen Talk centre in Cliff Road.

The workshop covered simple and easy techniques to manage the pressures of coursework and exams and looked at preparation, relaxation and organisation as well as identifying support that is already in place.

The young people involved said they had learnt new ways to take control and that the workshop has given them lots of ideas on where to start with beating stress.

If you would be interested in future exam stress workshops just call 01255 504800 to register your interest.


01/04/14 - Harwich Community Consortium Launch

A new partnership project for young people in Harwich launched at a seminar on the 28 March 2014 at Long Meadows Community Centre.

Harwich Community Consortium has been formed by Teen Talk (Harwich), Harwich Education Partnership and Home Start Harwich and aims to improve services for young people aged 0-25 in Harwich in the areas of Mental Health, Education, Training, Employment, Family Support, Housing and Recreation.

Teen Talk Manager, Hayley Lovett, said: ‘We are concerned that Harwich is becoming an increasingly difficult place for young people to live. The problems brought to us are becoming more widespread and increasingly serious yet there seems to be fewer services available to support than in the past. This seminar is just the beginning in working together to make Harwich a great place for young people to live.’

The seminar signalled the start of this unique partnership for Harwich and brought together a range of organisations and individuals who currently provide support or have an interest in young people in Harwich and the surrounding villages. More than 75 people joined the meeting to discuss the needs of the area and start to produce an action plan specifically for Harwich.

Harwich Community Consortium has been supported by Harwich Town Council who have awarded a grant to the project.


20/03/14 - HIYA Receive High Sheriff Award

Teen Talk’s youth forum, Harwich Inspired Youth Action (HIYA) have received a High Sheriffs’ Award at a ceremony which took place on the 19 March 2014 at the Anglia Ruskin University.

The award was collected by HIYA representatives Stephen Moore, 14 and Kieran Hutchence, 18 and was presented by Mrs Julie Able Smith, the 833rd High Sheriff of Essex and sixth lady to hold the position.

The awards recognise voluntary and community organisations that support local people and help to make Essex Communities safer from crime. HIYA received their award in recognition of the unique contribution the group makes to community safety and intergenerational cohesion in Harwich and Dovercourt.

HIYA is a voluntary youth forum of young people aged 11-21 in Harwich and the surrounding areas. Through events and community projects the group aims to improve the image of young people in their community. All activities are organised and carried out by the young people themselves, providing the opportunity to gain skills in planning, event organisations, team work and communication.


15/03/14 - Teen Talk Receive Funds for Edible Garden

Teen Talk (Harwich) has been awarded a £1000 fund from the Milsom Charitable Fund towards the charities edible community garden.

The garden will provide a volunteering opportunity for young people and their families where they will plant, grow, harvest and maintain the garden. This project will also link in to a cookery workshop where young people will be able to turn what they have grown in to healthy meals.

Teen Talk’s aim for the garden is that it will support volunteers in developing skills for future employment such as team work, communication, problem solving and organisational skills as well as providing a year round activity for the community.

The Milsom Charitable Fund is managed by Essex Community Foundation.


04/03/14 - Jobs At Teen Talk (Harwich)

Support Worker (Full Time)
Support Worker (Part Time)
Family Support Worker (Full Time)

Location: Harwich and Tendring Area
Salary: £18,000 pro rata
Hours: Full time (37.5hrs), part time (18hrs)
Closing Date: Friday 04 April 2014

Are you passionate about young people? Do you have experience in supporting a young person who has suffered with their mental health, abuse or neglect? Do you have the skills to make a difference to a young person’s life?

Due to ongoing service expansion we are recruiting innovative Support Workers to drive change for young people and their families through one-to-one support and group activities.

The Role:
•To provide the highest quality of support to young people and families
•Enhance development, education, health and wellbeing
•Develop key life skills
•Implement early interventions
•Arrange and deliver group activities, workshops and training
•Participate in the planning, monitoring and evaluation of service delivery
•Enable individuals to improve outcomes for themselves and their families

Essential Skills & Experience:
•Substantial experience of working with young people aged 11-25 years and their families
•Providing one-to-one support and evaluating needs
•Using a child centered approach to work
•Knowledge of safeguarding and safe practices in working with children, families and agencies
•Recording case work in a professional and timely manner
•Supporting young people and families to achieve positive outcomes

Applicants must be over 21, have access to a car or other personal transport and be willing to work in a flexible pattern.

Call 01255 240024 for an application form.


10/02/14 - Teen Talk Manager Receives Pride of Tendring Award

Teen Talk (Harwich) Manager, Hayley Lovett, has received a 2014 Pride of Tending Award at a ceremony which took place on 07 February at Clacton’s Prince’s Theatre.

The award is aimed at highlighting those stalwarts from all walks of life who make a real difference to others in the community.

Hayley received her award following a nomination from Harwich Town Councillor Jo Henderson in recognition of her outstanding achievement in supporting young people and her work over the past eleven years with Teen Talk (Harwich), a confidential information and support service for young people aged 11-25 years.

Hayley said: 'It was an unexpected surprise and I am very honored to have been nominated. I would like to share and thank my team for helping me to achieve this award.'


19/12/13 - Teen Talk Awarded £13,000 Grant to Transform Workshop

Teen Talk (Harwich) has received £13,000 worth of funding from the Essex County Council Community Initiatives Fund to transform its workshop facilities into a Community Room at its centre in Cliff Road, Harwich.

The Community Initiatives Fund supports community projects that enhance existing community assets. With the fund, Teen Talk’s workshop will be updated to provide a multi-purpose meeting space suitable for its youth forum, Harwich Inspired Youth Action (HIYA), and family forum, Harwich Helpers. It will also act as a meeting space for young people, a training room and hub for non Harwich based agencies to come into the town, as well as continuing to provide school holiday activity workshops.

Teen Talk Manager, Hayley Lovett, said: ‘We are really pleased to have been awarded this funding. Our workshop is in much need of an overhaul and once complete will allow us to provide huge variety of services to young people and their families in Harwich.’


19/12/13 - Teen Talk Launches New Edible Garden Project

2013 saw the foundations of the Teen Talk Garden Project laid where, with the support of the Prince’s Trust, The Harwich and Dovercourt Rotary Club and graffiti artist Brave One, our disused courtyard garden was transformed into an edible community garden with two large raised beds for growing fruits and vegetables and some truly unique artwork.



In January we will be kick starting the edible garden project for 2014 and are looking for young volunteers who would like to pick up some practical new skills in our inspiring outdoor space. Volunteers will have the chance to design, plant and grow the garden as well as be given the opportunity to learn how to prepare they food they grow in our cookery workshops.



The first planning meeting of the year will be taking place on 29 January and this is your chance to tell us what you want from the garden from the fruit, veg and herbs to artwork, BBQ’s and water features, all your ideas are welcome. To get involved call 01255 504800 or drop in to our centre to find out more.


02/12/13 - Teen Talk Awards Evening

More than 30 volunteers from Teen Talk (Harwich) have been presented with awards at an evening held on 29 November 2013, to celebrate their outstanding volunteering achievements throughout 2013.



The evening, held at Long Meadows Community Centre, saw members from Teen Talk’s youth forum Harwich Inspired Youth Action (HIYA), family forum Harwich Helpers and volunteers from the Harwich Hoody Festival receive awards for their volunteering achievements during the past year.



British Red Cross First Aid certificates, Essex Art and iWill Volunteering Awards were also presented along with awards to young people for participation in cookery workshops with the Harwich and Dovercourt Rotary Club and Employment Skills training with the Essex County Council Targeted Youth Team.



The awards evening was attended by more than 70 dignitaries, friends and family members who saw awards presented by Mayor Dave McLeod, Teen Talk Chair Jon Doddman, Committee Member Judith Skargon and members of the Harwich and Dovercourt Rotary Club. There was also a special live performance from Hoody Festival Battle of the Bands winners the Profile.



Teen Talk Manager Hayley Lovett said: ‘The evening was a fantastic opportunity to congratulate young people and families for their achievements over the past year and to thank them for the hard work and dedication they have shown. We wouldn’t be able to achieve as much as we do at Teen Talk without their support.’




11/11/13 - 3rd Annual Hoody Festival Success

The annual Harwich Hoody Festival has seen another successful year with more than 300 people in attendance for the third time. This year’s one day entertainment festival, organised by Teen Talk’s youth forum Harwich Inspired Youth Action (HIYA), took place on 09 November at the Park Pavilion, Barrack Lane, Harwich.



The event aims to bring to bring together all generations of the community to show that not everyone who wears a hoody is bad to mix with and promote a positive image of young people in the community.



The Festival featured local young performers in a Battle of the Bands Competition with runners up, Miranda Maurice picking up a £100 music voucher and winners, The Profile, collecting a session in a recording studio. The festival, opened by the High Sheriff of Essex, also included a range of local stall holders with cakes, crafts and family games.



Teen Talk Manager, Hayley Lovett, said: ‘The event was a great success and has really shown what young people can do. We would like to thank everyone who contributed to making the Hoody Festival a great event.’



On the success of this year’s event organisers, HIYA, are already a buzz with plans for next years Hoody Festival and are excited to announce that the 4th Festival will be taking place on 18 October 2014. To get involved and for regular updates just call 01255 504800 to register your interest.


17/10/13 - HIYA Praised with National Diana Award

Teen Talk’s youth forum, Harwich Inspired Youth Action (HIYA), have received public recognition for their work on the Harwich Hoody Festival, having received a national award at the Diana Award Ceremony on 16 October 2013.



HIYA members Kaitlin Trenerry, 17, Kieran Hutchence, 18, Ashleigh Lovett, 17, Anya Lovett, 14, and Deanna Smith, 18, accepted their award for being Diana Active Campaigners in the Local Community on behalf of the group. The award was presented by Diana Award Ambassador and Captain of the Paralympics GB Sitting Volleyball Team Martine Wright and Jordan O’Keefe from Britain's Got Talent at the ceremony which took place at Barclay’s HQ, Canary Wharf, London.



The Diana Award was established in 1999 as a lasting legacy to Diana, Princess of Wales’ belief that young people have the power to change the world. HIYA received their award following their 2012 Harwich Hoody Festival. The one day entertainment festival, organised by the group, showcased the talents of local young people while bringing the community together to show that not everyone who wears a hoody is bad to mix with and get the community working together.



Teen Talk Manager, Hayley Lovett, said: ‘We at Teen Talk are extremely proud of HIYA. The Diana Award will encourage the group to continue their work and will hopefully inspire others to stand up for their beliefs. HIYA are delighted to receive an award in recognition of their campaign to improve the image of young people in their community.’



The next Harwich Hoody Festival will take place on Saturday 09 November 2013, 10.30am – 3.00pm at the Park Pavilion, Barrack Lane, Harwich. The festival will feature a battle of the bands competition, local stalls, games, a raffle and refreshments. Entry is free.


15/08/13 - Sleepover Raises Funds For Local Charities

Youth forum Harwich Inspired Youth Action (HIYA) braved the wind and rain to raise £222.05 for local charities by sleeping out at the Redoubt Fort, Harwich.



Nine of HIYA’s members, aged between 12-18 years, spent one night at the Napoleonic Fort on 14 August sleeping under the stars from 8.00pm-7.30am. The group aimed to raise awareness of homelessness and the work Teen Talk carries out to support young people facing this issue.



Funds raised will be split be Teen Talk and the Salvation Army Community Kitchen, two Harwich based charities that support people facing homeless issues. A donation will also be made to the Harwich Society. Cheques will be presented at the HIYA Awards Evening on 29 November.


09/10/13 - Harwich Hoody Festival - One Month to Go

This years Harwich Hoody Festival, organised by Teen Talk’s youth Forum, Harwich Inspired Youth Action (HIYA), will be taking place on Saturday 09 November 2013 at the Park Pavilion in Barrack Lane, 10.30am – 3.00pm.



There will be live music from local performers taking part in a battle of the bands competition. The day will also showcase a range of local stall holders with crafts, face painting, games for the whole family, refreshments and a raffle.



The one day free entertainment festival has been organised by the young people of HIYA and aims to bring together the whole community to show that not everyone who wears a hoody is bad to mix with and encourage the community to work together.



There is still time to join in so whether you are a budding performer, would like to run a stall or have a prize to donate to the raffle, just give HIYA a call on 01255 504800 or email teentalk1@hotmail.co.uk.




31/07/13 - HIYA Sleepover at Redoubt Fort

Teen Talk’s youth forum Harwich Inspired Youth Action (HIYA) will be spending one night sleeping out at the Redoubt Fort in Harwich to raise awareness of homelessness and the work Teen Talk carries out to support young people facing this issue.

Nine of HIYA’s members, aged between 12-18 years, will spend one night at the Napoleonic Fort in August sleeping under the stars from 8.00pm-7.30am. They will be forfeiting the luxuries they are used to; no comfy beds, no roof over their heads and no technology.

Funds raised will be split be Teen Talk and the Salvation Army Community Kitchen, two Harwich based charities that support people facing homeless issues. A donation will also be to the Harwich Society.

To support HIYA in reaching their fundraising target please visit:

www.localgiving.com/hiyasleepover


27/07/13 - Teen Talk (Harwich) Secures Funding

Essex based charity Teen Talk (Harwich) have received £315,000 from the Big Lottery Fund to continue their work supporting young people in the Harwich and Tendring area.

Teen Talk (Harwich) provides a free and confidential information and support service to almost 1000 young people aged 11-25 in Tendring every year. Depression, anxiety, homelessness, unemployment, bullying and relationships are just some of the issues that Teen Talk (Harwich) support young people to overcome through one-to-one support and activities.

The Big Lottery Fund will provide Teen Talk (Harwich) with part funding for the next three years to continue to provide a vital service with activities including a daily drop-in centre, outreach in the community and a youth forum.

Teen Talk (Harwich) has also secured a further £15,000 from the Active Communities fund of the People’s Health Trust. This fund will provide activities for young people and their families such as holiday workshops, coffee mornings and events as well as enabling new skills to be learnt to increase confidence, reduce social exclusion and improve relationships.

Teen Talk (Harwich) Manager, Hayley Lovett, said: “We’re often the first port of call for support for many young people and for the past 15 years we have seen first hand the ever increasing pressures young people face in Tendring, from limited employment and training opportunities to a lack of social activities. These grants will enable us to continue to provide a service which is in high demand and effectively supports young people to overcome the difficulties they face and lead happier and healthier lives.”


29/07/13 - Hoody Festival Demo Submissions OPEN

Demo submissions are open for this year’s Harwich Hoody Festival, taking place on Saturday 09 November 2013 at the Park Pavilion, Barrack Lane, Harwich.

The festival organisers, Harwich Inspired Youth Action (HIYA), are looking for musicians to join the line up for the 3rd Annual Hoody which saw more than 300 people attend last year.

The one day free entertainment festival aims to bring together old and young, friends and family to show that not everyone who wears a hoody is bad to mix with and encourage the community to work together. Last years line up included alternative band the Catrinas, indie band Buzzards, folk guitarist Redwood and the Harwich Royal British Legion Brass Band.

For your chance to perform at this years festival get your CD or video in to HIYA by 12 August 2013 by post to HIYA at 17 Cliff Road, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3PP or by email to harwichinspiredyouthaction@hotmail.co.uk.


25/07/13 - New Employability Skills Sessions

Teen Talk’s first six week Employability Skills Sessions have been so successful that they will be taking place again in September.

Teen Talk (Harwich) have teamed up with Essex County Council Targeted Youth Team to provide free weekly employability skills sessions to young people at their centre in Cliff Road.

The sessions give young people information and guidance on updating CVs, interview techniques, training skills, local opportunities and more. We’ve also got plans in the making for sessions on managing exam stress.

The skills sessions operate on a rolling programme and a young person can join in at any time; each week there will be a chance to catch up on the skills from the weeks before.

No referral is needed, just call on 01255 504800 or drop in to our Cliff Road centre to make an appointment or for more information.


25/06/13 - HIYA Plant Wildflower Bee Habitat

Teen Talk’s youth forum, Harwich Inspired Youth Action (HIYA) have been buzz-y creating a bee habitat at St Helen’s Green in Harwich.

HIYA joined local environmental group, Harwich Peninsular Friends of the Earth, who organised the event on Wednesday 25 June 2013 to plant wildflowers.

British Bee’s have lost 97% of their grassland habitats in the past 60 years. The St Helen’s green site is the first bee friendly area for Harwich Peninsular Friends of the earth and with the help of HIYA and the local community it now has been planted with 300 wildflowers to provide bee habitat.

You can find out more about the Friends of the Earth Bee campaign by visiting http://www.foe.co.uk/what_we_do/the_bee_cause_35033.html


02/06/13 - HIYA Hold Big Lunch Event

Teen Talks youth forum, Harwich Inspired Youth Action (HIYA), held a Big Lunch event on Sunday 02 June 2013 at the Vibe Youth Centre in Main Road, Dovercourt.

HIYA were joined by over 30 friends, families and community representatives including Teen Talk’s new family forum, Harwich Helpers, in an event that celebrates community spirit, friendship and fun.

The Big Lunch is a national event which aims to get as many people as possible across the whole of the UK to have lunch with their neighbours once a year. Entertainment included live music from (Untitled), games, raffles and crafts.

Teen Talk Manager, Hayley Lovett, said: “The whole event was a great success with so many people coming together to be part of a nationwide celebration. We would like to thank all the volunteers who worked so hard to organise the day.”




21/05/13 - Film Event Success

The Film, Food & Fun event held at the Electric Palace, Harwich, on 21 May was a great success raising £480 for Teen Talk (Harwich).

The film for the night was Slum Dog Millionaire with Treo’s providing a range of fresh food including mini fish & chips, sausage & mash and indulgent deserts of strawberry meringues and cheese cakes.

Our thanks go to Marion Rowland, Trustee, for organising the event, Treo’s for providing the food, the Electric Palace and all the volunteers on the evening. Funds raised from the event will contribute towards Teen Talk’s much needed funds to continue to support young people in Harwich.


18/03/13 - Family Arts & Crafts Workshops Return to Teen Talk

This Easter will see the return of Teen Talk's popular Family Arts and Crafts Workshops where you can try your hand at fun and creative activities that bring the whole family together.



Taking place at Teen Talk's centre in Cliff Road, Harwich, these free workshops for young people aged 11-16 and their families are a great opportunity to get mum, dad, grandparents, aunts and uncles together to try something new.



Tuesday 2nd April, 10.00am – 12.00pm

Tuesday 9th April, 10.00am – 12.00pm



Any young person or family member wanting to come along to the workshops will need to call Teen Talk on 01255 504800 or drop in to our centre at 17 Cliff Road to book their place as there are limited spaces available on each workshop.


18/03/13 - FREE Cookery Workshops Come to Teen Talk

Teen Talk will be teaming up with the Rotary Club of Harwich & Dovercourt to deliver FREE weekly cookery workshops to young people aged 16-25years in Harwich.

The workshops, taking place in Teen Talk’s purpose built kitchen at 17 Cliff Road, will give young people the chance to learn new and simple cookery skills to make healthy meals at home.

The weekly workshops will run every Thursday from 25th April – 13th June, 2.00pm-4.30pm.

Any young person wanting to come along to the workshops will need to call Teen Talk on 01255 504800 or drop in to our centre at 17 Cliff Road to book their place as there are limited spaces available on each workshop.


21/02/13 - Jobs at Teen Talk: Support Worker

Make a real difference by supporting young people to reach their full potential.

Job Title: Support Worker (Working with young people aged 11-25 years old)
Location: Harwich and the Tendring Area
Salary: £15,000-£19,000 pro rata depending on experience. Hours are negotiable but within the hours of 9.00am-5.30pm, Monday to Friday.
Closing date: Friday 1st March 2013
How to apply: To receive an application form or for more information call Teen Talk on 01255 240024.

The Role
We are seeking an experienced Support Worker to join our team, working with young people aged 11-25 years in Tendring, where we aim to promote personal, educational and social development, empowering young people to take action on issues affecting their lives. The role is varied covering both one-to-one and group work through activities within our drop-in and outreach services, where Support Workers play an active role to mentor and support young people, providing tools and strategies, mediation, coordination and delivery of activities.

Requirements
A minimum of 2 years experience of supporting young people with emotions or a background in emotion related support or mentoring is essential. A background in Health and Social Care would be an advantage.

About Teen Talk
From our Harwich based centre Teen Talk provides free and confidential information and support to young people across Tendring through a range of activities including drop in services, outreach, counselling, health clinics, youth forum, family programme and more.




29/01/13 - Teen Talk Awarded £115,000 Grant

Teen Talk has received £115,000 worth of funding to continue to operate its drop-in service supporting young people aged 11-21 years in Tendring.

Teen Talk provides free and confidential information and support to over 800 young people in Tendring every year who are dealing with issues including anxiety and depression, relationships, domestic violence, bullying and abuse, bereavement and unemployment.

The grant has been awarded by the Henry Smith Charity fund, which is managed by Essex Community Foundation. Over the next 3 years this grant will contribute towards providing a range of services at Teen Talk including one-to-one to support, family support, counselling, a health shop, a youth forum and skills based programmes all of which support young people to find strategies to manage the difficulties they face.


25/01/13 - Family Coffee Mornings at Teen Talk

January has seen the return of our free Family Coffee Mornings, taking place every Tuesday between 11.00am – 12.00 noon at Teen Talk, 17 Cliff Road.



This coffee morning focus’s around teenagers so whether you are a parent or carer of teenage children or a young parent yourself this is a chance for you and your family to get involved in new activities.

During the school holidays we invite parents, carers and their children to join us for activity mornings where workshops including art and craft will take place, giving you the chance to bring the family together for something fun and creative.

In term time, with the kids back at school, parents and carers have the chance to meet new people, listen to a variety of guest speakers, learn about different opportunities in the area and have a say on what you want from the sessions.

For more information drop in to Teen Talk or give us a call on 01255 504800.




05/12/12 - HIYA Awards Ceremony

Teen Talks youth forum, Harwich Inspired Youth Action (HIYA), were recognised for their outstanding volunteering achievements throughout 2012 at a dedicated awards ceremony held on 5th December at Long Meadows Community Centre.

More than 60 dignitaries, friends and family members joined HIYA in celebrating their achievement of over 600 hours voluntary hours in 2012 alone. The group is made up of 11-21 year olds who organise their own events and community projects to improve the image of young people in Harwich.

Excellence awards were present by Marion Rowland MBE and Chris Strachen, Harwich High Steward, for members who had achieved to a high standard. 21 year old William Patrick received the Bronze Award, 16 year old Kaitlin Trenerry received the Silver Award and 17 year old Kieran Hutchence received the Gold Award as voted by the members of HIYA.

Hayley Lovett, Teen Talk Manager, said: ‘The young people of HIYA have worked incredibly hard to participate in litter picks, bag packs, the Guy Carnival, organise the Harwich Hoody Festival and more. The group deserve to be commended for their success and achievements over the past year.’


03/11/12 - Harwich Hoody Festival a Success

The second Harwich Hoody Festival has been a great success as hundreds of people turned out to support the free entertainment event.

Organised by Teen Talk’s youth forum Harwich Inspired Youth Action (HIYA), the festival held at the Park Pavilion on Saturday 3rd November, aimed to bring together all generations of the community to show that not everyone who wears a hoody is bad to mix with.

Over 300 people saw 11 performers including alternative band the Catrinas, indie band Buzzards, folk guitarist Redwood and the Harwich Royal British Legion Brass Band. 25 local stall holders also took part in the day from Home Grown Crafts providing decoupage workshops and reptile encounters with Snakey Sue to cakes, jewellery, football and more. In total more than £450 was raised for Teen Talk.

The event was supported by ITV Fixers who brought a surprise message to HIYA from Essex born pop star Olly Murs.

Hayley Lovett, Manager, said: ‘It is great to see so many different generations come together and young people working so hard to improve the image of young people in our community. We would like to thank all the volunteers, bands, stall holders and the local businesses who donated raffle prizes for their continued support in making the 2012 Harwich Hoody Festival such a huge success.’




27/10/12 - Guy Carnival Prize for Teen Talk

Teen Talk have won 3rd prize for small groups at this years Harwich Guy Carnival on Saturday 27th October 2012.

For the Carnival Teen Talk and their youth forum, Harwich Inspired Youth Action (HIYA), came together with members of the community wearing their hoodies in the spirit of the Hoody Festival. The one day music festival, which takes place on Saturday 3rd November 2012 at the Park Pavilion, aims to bring together all members of the community to show that not everyone who wears a hoody is bad to mix with.




13/10/12 - ASDA Bag Pack

Teen Talks youth forum Harwich Inspired Youth Action (HIYA) raised more than £200 towards summer holiday activities by packing bags for customers at Asda in Dovercourt on Saturday 13th October 2012.

HIYA, a group of young people aged 11-21 years, spent the day working hard to help Asda customers and promoting a positive image of young people in the community.

Teen Talk and HIYA would like to thank the Asda staff and customers for their generous support.


23/10/12 - Hoody Festival Line Up confirmed

The line up for this year’s Harwich Hoody Festival has been confirmed with The Catrina’s taking the headline spot.

The one day free entertainment festival will take place on Saturday 3rd November at the Park Pavilion in Barrack Lane between 10.30am – 5.00pm. The Cantrina’s will be joined by a host of local bands and solo performers including Suggested, Buzzards, Entropy, Broken Subjects, Charlotte, Royal British Legion Brass Band, Fionn, (Untitled) and Redwood.

The day includes a range of local stall holders including Home Grown Crafts, Dizzi Lizzi Designs Jewellery, the Body Shop, home made cakes, Snakey Sue, SOS Bus, Frisky & Risky, Friends of the Earth, Women’s Institute and more.

There will also be a raffle with prizes from Ipswich Town FC, Colchester United, The Princes Theatre, and Harwich Sports Hall to name just a few.

The one day free entertainment festival has been organised by Teen Talk’s youth forum Harwich Inspired Youth Action (HIYA) and aims to bring together old and young, friends and family to show that not everyone who wears a hoody is bad to mix with and encourage the community to work together.


23/10/12 - Half Term Arts and Crafts

Come along to Teen Talk this half term to try your hand at making candles, jewellery, bath bombs and decorations in our free art and craft workshops.

Taking place at Teen Talk’s centre in Cliff Road, Harwich, these workshops are a great opportunity to try something new. The first session to take place is for the whole family to try a fun and creative activity together with the remaining sessions reserved for young people aged 11 – 16 years old.

Tuesday 30th October, 10.00am – 12.00pm - Family arts and crafts
Wednesday 31st October, 10.00am – 12.00pm – youth arts and crafts
Thursday 1st November, 10.00am – 12.00pm - youth arts and crafts

Any family or young person wanting to come along to the workshops will need to call Teen Talk on 01255 504800 or drop in to our centre at 17 Cliff Road to book their place as there are limited spaces available on each workshop.




01/09/12 - Bee Hotel Open for Buzz-iness

Young people from Harwich have been Buzz-y making bee hotels at Teen Talk’s final art and craft workshop of the 2012 summer holidays.

Teen Talk teamed up with local environmental group Harwich Peninsular Friends of the Earth on Thursday 30th August to deliver an exclusive workshop on making homes for the declining British bee population. Two species of British Bumblebees have already become extinct.

A permanent bee hotel was made in the Teen Talk garden providing a space for solitary bees to nest in and young people where able to make smaller versions to take home with them while also learning important bee facts, the issues facing bee populations and what can be done about it in their local environment.

Teen Talk’s workshop co-ordinator Julie Hewitt said: ‘The workshop was a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by all who took part. We would like to thank Harwich Peninsular Friends of the Earth for providing this fantastic activity.’

You can find out more about the Friends of the Earth Bee campaign by visiting http://www.foe.co.uk/what_we_do/the_bee_cause_35033.html




03/11/12 - HIYA Hoody Festival

A one day entertainment festival for the whole community organised by the Teen Talk youth forum, Harwich Inspired Youth Action (HIYA).

Bands include The Buzzards, Entropy, The Cartinas, Broken Subjects and more.

Sautday 3rd November 2012, 10.00am - 4.00pm

Park Pavilion, Barrack Lane, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3NS

For more infomation or to be involved call Teen Talk on 01255 504800


13/07/12 - Quality Award for Teen Talk

In July Teen Talk were awarded with ISO 9001 certification following an assessement by an independant body. The assessment, which was undertaken by QMS International plc, confirmed that the organisations investment in people and training enables the provision of an efficent service to Teen Talks service users.


31/05/12 - Teen Talks Local Giving Page Launched

In May 2012 Teen Talk launched their Local Giving web page, localgiving.com/teentalkharwich, to allow philanthropic giving to the charity.

The website provides the community with a quick and simple route to give to Teen Talk, providing vital funds that allow us to continue to support young people in managing the difficulties they face in their day-to-lives. Donations as little as £5 can contribute towards activities such as one-to-one sessions with Support Workers and Counsellors, arts and craft workshops and the youth forum.

Localgiving.com was set up to allow donations to be made to local charities and community groups. Each charity or community group is validated before registering with localgiving.com so that you can be confident that your donations are going to a bona fide charitable organisation.

Visit localgiving.com/teentalkharwich to show your support and help Teen Talk to continue its work supporting Tendrings young people.




01/07/12 - Teen Talk Summer Workshops Announced

Teen Talk will be holding a number of free fun and creative activity workshops throughout the summer holidays for Tendrings young people to get involved in. Workshops will include art and craft, cookery and DIY and will take place at Teen Talks centre in Cliff Road, Harwich.

Art and craft will take place on Tuesday mornings between 10am-12pm and Thursday afternoons between 2pm-4pm for young people aged 11-16 years old. Activities include candle making, bangle making and clay ornaments.

Cookery and DIY will be taking place on Friday mornings between 10am-12pm for young people aged 14 years old and above. Cupcake making, homemade pizzas and burgers will be on the menu for cookery and in the DIY workshop young people will be able to try their hand at wallpapering, tiling and painting techniques.

The cookery and DIY workshops also act as a taster session to give young people an idea of what a full Life Skills Education course would involve. The full courses offer free entry level qualifications designed for young people who want to develop a range of skills.

Any young person wanting to come along to the workshops will need to call Teen Talk on 01255 504800 or drop in to our centre at 17 Cliff Road to book their place as there are limited spaces available on each workshop.


22/05/12 - Harwich Hoody Festival Announced

Teen Talk’s youth Forum, Harwich Inspired Youth Action (HIYA), have announced that this years Harwich Hoody Festival will be taking place on the 3rd November 2012 at the Park Pavilion in Barrack Lane.

The one day free entertainment festival has been organised by the young people of HIYA and aims to bring together old and young, friends and family to show that not everyone who wears a hoody is bad to mix with and encourage the community to work together.

Kaitlin Trenerry, 15, HIYA Chair person said "We want to try and bring the community together and showcase young people’s talents. We want people to be proud to live in Harwich and want to eliminate bad images of teenagers that often get depicted in the media. We want to have fun while making the community a better place."

HIYA are currently looking for people to volunteer their help for the day in the form of Volunteers/stewards, dance groups, marshal arts demonstrations, children entertainers, comedians and stall holders or raffle prize donations. If you would like to volunteer to make the second Harwich Hoody Festival another success please contact Teen Talk on 01255 504800 or email teentalk1@hotmail.co.uk.

HIYA is a voluntary youth forum of young people aged 11-21 in Harwich and the surrounding areas. Through events and community projects the group aims to change the image of young people in their communities. All activities are organised and carried out by the young people themselves, providing the opportunity to gain skills in planning, event organisation, team work and communication.




23/07/12 - Summer Holiday

The Summer Holiday starts on the 23rd July.


20/04/12 - HIYA Wins High Sheriff Shield

Teen Talk’s Youth Forum, Harwich Inspired Youth Action (HIYA), has been awarded the special High Sheriff Shield at the 2012 High Sheriffs’ Awards.

The awards ceremony, which took place on Wednesday 12th March at Spains Hall in Finchingfield, recognises voluntary and community organisations that support local people and help to make Essex communities safer from crime.

The special High Sheriffs’ Shield went to HIYA for the positive way that they are working to improve the image of local young people. The group also received a grant of £400 towards their running as well as a certificate after being Highly Commended at The High Sheriffs’ Association of England & Wales’ National Crimebeat Awards 2011/12, for their outstanding contribution to helping reduce crime and creating a safer community.

Hayley Lovett, Teen Talk Manager, said: “It is fantastic for H.I.Y.A to have been recognised for their work within the community and we hope this award will inspire them to continue.”

HIYA is a voluntary youth forum of young people aged 11-21 in Harwich and the surrounding areas. Through events and community projects the group aims to change the image of young people in their communities. All activities are organised and carried out by the young people themselves, providing the opportunity to gain skills in planning, event organisation, team work and communication.


04/07/12 - TeenTalk Test Article

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