In the Summer 2014 edition: High Sheriff Awards, Edible Garden Project, activities and more!

Teen Talk Update

Summer 2014


This newsletter tells you all about what we've been up to but if you want to know more just pop into our Harwich based centre on Cliff Road, call us on 01255 504800 or visit our website 

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 Julia Able Smith, High Sheriff of Essex. HIYA received their award in recognition of the unique contribution the group makes to community safety and intergenerational cohesion. HIYA is a voluntary youth forum of young people aged 11-21 in Harwich and the surrounding areas who aim to improve the image of young people through events and community projects.

Banish the Boredom

Teen Talk's 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 workshop or get messy with some art & craft. Activities will take place from 29 July - 28 August and all are free to join in. For a full programme of events or to book your place call 01255 504800, email or drop in to the centre.

Pride Of Tendring Awards

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

The Edible Community Garden

With £1000 of funding received from Milsoms Charitable Fund, managed by Essex Community Foundation, our edible garden is blossoming as young people get stuck into planting and growing. The range of plants we currently have shooting up are potatoes, tomatoes, courgettes, strawberries and radishes as well as a giant variety of sunflowers and a range of herbs. Produce will be put to good use in our weekly cookery workshops where we cant wait to do some taste testing. To get involved in the garden or cookery projects call 01255 504800 or drop in.

Garden Workshop
Wednesdays - 3.30-5.00pm
Cookery Workshop
Thursdays - 3.30-5.00pm

Harwich Hoody Fest 2014

Battle of the Bands Entrance Open

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

This years Hoody Fest will be taking place on Saturday 20 September 2014 at the Park Pavilion, Barrack Lane. The winners of the battle of the bands competition will receive a session in a recording studio.  To secure your place call 01255 504800 or email

New Staff Welcomed

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.

Harwich Community Consortium

Teen Talk (Harwich) has teamed up with the Harwich Education Partnership and Home Start Harwich to launch the Harwich Community Consortium. The group 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. Following the award of a grant from Harwich Town Council, two seminar events have now been held. The seminars 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 to discuss the needs of the area and possible solutions. A steering group is now being formed  that will develop an action plan for young people in Harwich and start to put some of the solutions raised during the seminar events in to place. Anyone interested in the steering group should contact Emma Blaber on:

Local Giving

Looking to make a charitable donation this summer? Why not donate to Teen Talk? With 
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. To help us continue to support Tendring's young people visit our page here.

Our Funders

We would like to send our thanks to all the groups and organisations who have dontated to Teen Talk (Harwich) as well as our volunteers for their hard work and continued support.

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