Discover online activities for young people with the Essex Youth Service

The Essex Youth Service is a Youth Friendly Organisation dedicated to supporting young people at all times. It has a wealth of online activities to inspire you in lockdown, from music quizzes to film clubs and dance session. Find out more!

The UK may be at home, but the Essex Youth Service is open and has all kinds of online activities to take part in with Zoom. Click the link to see the most recently updated timetable, or read on to get a taste of what’s on offer.

Who are the online activities for?

These online activities are for young people in Essex aged 13-19 years, or up to 25 with additional needs (some activities are for younger people where stated).

How can you get involved?

You’ll need access to Zoom. You can either join Zoom sessions through your web browser or download the Zoom app.

You can apply for any session, but if the session is marked with a star (*) you have to send an email first so the Essex Youth Service team can check you meet the requirements.

Booking your session

Email with:

  • Full name and age
  • Which club/project you usually attend and/or who told you about this programme of activities
  • Name, date and time of session
  • Your email address so that the meeting ID number can be sent to you

Once you are booked on, you will be sent an email with a link to your session.

For your online privacy: By booking a place, you are giving your consent to share any interactions you use during the online session with other participants, eg. video streaming and audio content. You have the option of turning off your camera and microphone if you wish.

Online activities timetable

Film Club

Love films? Watch a film during the week and share with other film-lovers what was great (or bad!) about the film! Film themes set each week!


Catchphrase style quiz using emojis to guess music and films

Music Business Quiz

During this Music Business focused session, Tim (who has over 20 years of experience in the Music Business) will be exploring life on tour as a musician. This is an opportunity for young people to ask him questions about this and for him to ask young people questions in a Music Quiz.

Fusion Dance Session

A fun and very interactive dance session. In a small group, you can learn different styles of dance moves from a trainer in dance.

Club Chelmer (club’s name to be confirmed)

This is a friendly and fun Zoom session and an amalgamation of Chelmsford’s LGBT+ and Gender groups. It is open to the existing members of these two groups and their friends. We would warmly welcome new members from these two communities aged between 13-19yrs to join us.

For more information please contact Anastasia Meredith – Youth and Community Commissioner mobile 07788 301600


a time for young people with learning disabilities to stay in touch with other members and staff and join in a range of activities

Young Commissioners

A group of young people who work with Commissioners from the Youth Service to commission services for young people. Online Zoom sessions are being used to work on developing skills including teamwork, leadership and communication skills as a group that will support them when working as a team to look at commissioning proposals and make decisions alongside youth service commissioners.


A group for young people with Special Educational needs ages 13-25, based in Brentwood. Zoom sessions are being designed by young people who select a variety of session ideas including quizzes and activities that are relevant to the group.

Basildon Youth Council are a group of young people aged 11-19 years up to 25 years old with additional needs. The youth council represent the voice of young people within the Basildon District and strive to make Basildon a better place for young people to live by ensuring that their voices are heard, and they are involved in the decision-making process. The BBYC are currently working on a violence and knife crime project to raise awareness of the impact this can have within their community. The BBYC work in partnership with Essex Youth Service and Basildon Borough Council.

This is a perfect opportunity for young people to join the youth council to get involved in their local community, have their voice heard, gain new skills and meet new people.

Rochford District Youth Council

Do you live in the Rochford District?

Would like to make a difference for young people in your community?

We are currently working on a Mental Health awareness campaign. If you are interested or want to help, please join our weekly sessions to find out more.

South Young Volunteers

For young people aged 16-18 who are interested in volunteering in their local community. Young people will be trained to be young volunteers, the training includes;

Introduction to Youth Work, Safeguarding, leadership skills and planning, delivering and evaluating a project.

Young people will plan and do community projects across Brentwood, Basildon, Castle Point and Rochford as well as fun activities such as games and quizzes.

Zoom sessions: Wednesday 2-2:30pm

Hermit CIC

An inclusive youth group for young people aged 13-19 or up to 25 with additional needs. Fun activities each week and staff are available for support or just a friendly chat.

Zoom sessions: Friday 6:30-7:30pm

To book onto The Hermit zoom session please email:

Gateway club – is a group for young people with Special educational needs,aged 13-25, based in Basildon. Zoom sessions are being designed by young people staff and volunteers who select a variety of session ideas including quizzes and activities that the young people have said they would like to try or participate In.

Tuesday 28th April:
2:00pm Writing a personal statement for your cv
3:00pm Home Science (age 13-19) – easy science experiments with things you will find round your home.
3:00pm West primary young carers Treasure Hunt *
3:30pm Young Essex Assembly *
4:00pm Talk Disney (age 7-12) – share your love of all things Disney
4:30pm Fitness & street dance with Fusion Dance
5:00pm Talk Disney (age 13-19)
5:00pm Quiz: Working in the music business
6:00pm Learn some magic tricks
6:30pm Endeavour Youth Group *
7:00pm Pamper masks
8:00pm Other things to do online and useful websites
Wednesday 29th April:
12:00pm NE Young Carers Disney Quiz (primary)
2:00pm Applying for an Apprenticeship using the NAS site
2:00pm South Young Volunteers *
3:00pm NE young carers Den Building (primary) *
3:00pm Bushcraft
4:00pm Saved by the Bell *
3:20pm YEA meeting *
4:00pm Baking with Emma
4:00pm South Gateway *
5:00pm Junior Quiz Night (age 7-12)
5:00pm The 7 Day Challenge
5:30pm Rochford Youth Council *
6:00pm Art Zone
7:00pm Video gaming
8:00pm Catchphrase
Thursday 30th April:
2:00pm My CV and me
2:00pm NE young carers ‘What’s on your mind?’ (Secondary school age) *
3:00pm West Secondary young carers – Would You Rather *
3:30pm-4.30pm Club Chelmer *
4:00pm Laughs at the Lodge *
5:00pm Quiz Night
5:30pm Stretch and lyrical dance with Fusion Dance
6:00pm Scavenger Hunt
6:30pm Basildon Youth Council (fortnightly) *
7:00pm Live Chat: Share your ideas for keeping yourself well
Friday 1st May:
2:00pm Making applications in the digital age
3:00pm Home Science (age 7-12) – easy science experiments with things you will find round your home.
4:00pm Home Cookery Show
6:00pm Bike maintenance
6:00pm Hermit Young Volunteers *
6:30pm Hermit Drop In *
7:00pm Bingo! (age 13-19)
8:00pm Film Club

How to report a concern about a child

If you are concerned that a child or young person is being harmed or neglected or is at risk of this, you should go to the Essex Effective Support website. There is guidance on printing the Request for Support Form here.

If the child is at immediate risk of significant harm, then call the Children and Families Hub on 0345 603 7627 and ask for the ‘Priority Line’.

Out of hours: (Mon-Thurs 5.30pm-9am. Fri & Bank Holidays 4.30pm-9am) 0345 606 1212 Email:

If there is an immediate risk of harm to a child, then contact the Police on 999.

About the Essex Youth Service

Essex Youth Service is here to help young people in Essex get the most out of school, work and life. Click the link to find out more and check out their Youth Friendly Organisation profile here on Youth Employment UK!

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