January 2017 - A look at HIYA's first Crime Campaign 

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HIYA's Crime Campaign
Domestic Violence Awareness 

This crime campaign is the first that HIYA, Teen Talk's youth forum have released and is based on the issue of domestic violence. The group have added a slight twist and hope to raise awareness and encourage people to receive support if they are affected or need advice.

HIYA member, Brandon Carter, commented, 'We had come to the decision to focus our campaign on both the typical and atypical forms of domestic violence. We were aware that domestic violence was on the rise but we wanted to focus our campaign away from the normal perceptions. We did this by keeping both members of the relationship anonymous during the film until the end which shows the victim being the male and the female being the perpetrator, flipping the stereotype on its head. As a group we feel extraordinarily pleased with our work and achievement'. 

Adrian Davis a support worker at Teen Talk added 'The group worked so hard to come up with the idea and they then spent a lot of time and effort to make a great video. They hope to raise awareness as this issue is far more common than most people think'.

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. 

Gift Box Project

Throughout December 2016 HIYA members took part in their second Christmas Gift Box Project. It was on a much larger scale and the members dedicated a lot of their free time into making the project a success. Both HIYA and The Harwich Wildlife Project took part in a fundraising cake sale to help fund the project and 52 hampers were delivered in total to local organisations.  Each member of HIYA found the project to be extremely worthwhile and rewarding. 

Stephen Moore, a current HIYA member explained, 'We put donation boxes in the community to collect items to put in the Christmas gift boxes. We also received a lot of donations from Lesley at the Harwich and Dovercourt Partnership. We did a cake sale to raise money for this as well. During our meetings we sorted out items including make-up, toiletries, food and art and craft. We made up parcels which we then wrapped in cellophane. We made a big hamper and we are taking this to the residents at Lime Court. We feel proud that we contributed to the community and we are happy that we helped people be happier at Christmas.'

We would like to say a big thank you to all of those involved in the project and for all the generous donations we received to allow this project to happen.
More information on HIYA and their activities can be found here
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As well as The Central, Teen Talk's main building also has a number of smaller rooms available, which are suitable for one-to-one support and interviews.

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