In the winter edition of Teen Talk Update:  Hoody Fest, HIYA Awards Evening, Guy Carnival and Seasons Greetings!

Teen Talk Update

Winter 2012

Seasons Greetings from all at Teen Talk!

Teen Talk will be closed for Christmas between 21st December 2012 and 7th January 2013. We look forward to seeing you again in the New Year.

Hoody Fest 2012

The second Harwich Hoody Festival has been a great success as over 300 people turn 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. 11 performers took to the stage including alternative band the Catrinas 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 next year’s Hoody Festival. The event was supported by Fixers who brought a surprise message to HIYA from Essex born pop star Olly Murs, see the video here. Hayley Lovett, Teen Talk Manager said: ‘It is great to see the different generations come together and young people working so hard to improve their image in our community. We would like to thank all the volunteers, bands, stall holders and the local businesses who donated raffle prizes for their help in making the 2012 Harwich Hoody Festival such a huge success.’ The festival was featured on ITV Anglia News, if you missed it, catch it here.

HIYA Awards Evening

On the 5th December we celebrated the fantastic achievements of our Youth Forum, Harwich Inspired Youth Action. Over the past year the 11 members have raised over £1000 through community events including bag packs and a Christmas Grotto, organised the Harwich Hoody Festival, have won numerous awards including the Essex High Sheriff Shield and achieved an amazing 644 voluntary hours. Awards were present by Marion Rowland MBE and Chris Strachen, Harwich High Steward (pictured).
Congratulations HIYA!

Local Giving

Looking to make a charitable donation this Christmas? Why not donate to Teen Talk? 
we've set up our own charity webpage to make it quick and easy for you to donate to a local charity supporting people in your community. As little as £5 can contribute towards providing a young person with support to overcome the difficulties they face through one-to-one sessions with Support Workers and Counsellors or activities such as arts and crafts, Cookery and DIY.  To help us continue to support Tendring's young people visit our page here. 


Teen Talk and youth forum Harwich Inspired Youth Action (HIYA) braved the cold to win 3rd prize for small groups at this years Harwich Guy Carnival on Saturday 27th October. For the Carnival Teen Talk and HIYA came together with members of the community, wearing their hoodies in the spirit of the Hoody Festival, to show that not everyone who wears a hoody is bad to mix with. We send our thanks to everyone who joined us and helped to make the carnival a success!

Closed for 

The Teen Talk team will be taking a well earned break over the Christmas period from Friday 21st December 2012. Our drop-in center at 17 Cliff Road, Harwich will be re-opening as usual on Monday 7th January 2013, kicking off on Tuesday with our family coffee morning between 10.00am-12.00noon. The Frisky or Risky team will also be back for the weekly health shop on Tuesday 8th January, 4.00pm-6.00pm, no appointment needed, just drop in. We send our seasons greetings and best wishes for a happy 2013. From the Teen Talk team.
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