HIYA's Memory Newsletter - Issue 3

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Capturing our communities memories


HIYA's Memory Newsletter

We're Teen Talk's Youth Forum, Harwich Inspired Youth Action (HIYA). We have been working with members of the Harwich Community to gather information about their childhood memories and to see how being a teenager has changed over the years. We will be making these memories into a newsletter to be sent out to local residents.

This edition features Emma Blaber, from Teen Talk and was written by HIYA member Erin Munro.

Emma Blaber was born on the 29th September 1986 in Colchester. She later attended the Harwich school however she did not like the uniform. Their punishments included detentions and suspensions. They did not have double lessons and they had compulsory subjects (English, Maths, Science).
Emma chose art and design, media, graphic design and communication for her options. Emma got a lot of homework. She finished school aged 16 and then carried on to do her A-Levels until she was 18.

Outside of School
When Emma was outside of school she would go to her friends houses, the park and to the seafront. She felt like there was not much to do. There were not many youth clubs, she went to 'The Vibe Youth Centre' were she played pool and enjoyed discos. When she was 13, she did a paper round for £1 a day and £2 on a Sunday.

She liked that all of her friends lived locally. There was a 50p and £1 shop, where they bought blue hair mascaras and Woolworths for stationary. She did not notice much crime and felt safe but did notice drinking and drugs in other young people as she got older. Emma explained that children could not stay out all day without making sure adults knew were they were.

Then and Now
I asked Emma what her thoughts of modern teenagers these days are and her response was 'I admire the youth of today, they have many more pressures with school and social media to face. At Teen Talk we find young people don't always feel they have many people to talk to about their problems, so we're pleased we can be here to help them overcome them.'
What HIYA Say
HIYA feel that drug problems nowadays are automatically blamed on young people. They don't see drug problems at school and feel that the issues are mostly caused by adults. HIYA do agree that there is a lot of pressure put on young people around exams and school but have their friends and Teen Talk to talk to.
Get Involved
We'd like thank Emma for helping us with our Memory Project. If you would like to share your memories of Harwich with us, just get in touch on 01255 504800 or email

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