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Our previous work

We have worked on the following projects in the last couple of years:

101 ways to feel good

This was an idea from a teenager to provide tips to young people who are feeling anxious or down, or had a friend who was struggling. YEA Members held a conference to ask more young people what things would help them to feel good and these were turned into posters to display in schools and community centres. You can read the full list online.

Mental Health

The Mental Health project group’s aims were to raise awareness and reduce stigma surrounding mental health in Essex. 


The discrimination project group’s aim was to make more people in Essex aware of the consequences of discrimination, offering solutions to tackle the problem such as campaigns, posters, videos and presentations.

Post 16

The project group's aims were to improve the transition stage from GCSE to further education such as A-levels and apprenticeships by signposting to good advice and guidance.

Sexual Health

This group felt that more could be done to inform young people about sexual health and relationships and aimed to create good resources for schools and youth groups.


The transport project group wanted to make transport more affordable and accessible for young people in Essex. In November 2018 a Transport Consultation was held at one of YEA Sittings and the Members met with the main Essex Transport providers. One of our members as a result of the consultation helped negotiate the opening of a new bus route that would benefit young people in Colchester.

Culture Day Event 

Last year the YEA planned and delivered a Culture Day and celebrated different cultures and backgrounds. The YEA worked in partnership with The Chelmsford Star Co-op to plan this event.