Trip to London Natural History Museum
Young people from Clacton and Jaywick were invited to Londons Natural History Museum. All the young people chatted and laughed with each other and staff on the minibus. This trip was aimed at 11 years and older due to the length of traveling and walking. We split up into small groups this meaning the young people from both areas were interacting with each other. The Museum was enjoyed by all and many of the young people took pictures and showed interest in the exhibits. We then took a walk up to Buckingham Palace where they were just finishing changing the guards. The young people were interested in the statues and were asking questions about the area. The police horses were noticed and questions were asked by the young people. On the bus ride home the young people were quieter due to the long day but content and happily interacting with each other and staff.
Splash Park Trip
Today the IV staff took a selection of children under the age of 12, from Jaywick and Clacton to the Splash Park by the pier.
All seemed to really get along well and enjoyed a few hours of running around and playing in the water, the weather was warm albeit a little cloudy which delivered a comfortable atmosphere for an outdoor session.
Afterwards, we stopped and sat along the sea wall for packed lunches and then went for Icecream.
The children were well behaved throughout the day, even for the walk back to the starting point.
Clip and Climb Trip
Young people from Clacton and Jaywick took part in this climbing activity. The young people really threw themselves into the climbing showing enthusiasm and courage. All the young people worked the clip harnesses well after learning how to use them before entering the climbing area. Three of our young people who had not met each other before showed immense courage choosing to do the ‘leap of faith’. All of the young people said they would love to go there again. They enjoyed a McDonalds on the way home.
Trip to the Woods
We went on a bowling trip and afterwards, we took the young people to get some lunch and drinks, they all behaved well whilst eating, most of the youths found a spot to sit and eat and everyone was concious effort to clean up their rubbish.
We separated on our journey home and two staff members escorted the Jaywick kids back via bus, everyone was very well behaved and there were no issues.
Clacton Beach Trip
We hired a beach hut at the local beach. We provided a walking bus and the young people walked with staff. We were joined by two mums also. The weather was not perfect with a few occasional showsers, this did not stop all the young people and the mum of two that joined us from enjoying the sea. We had fresh wraps, crisps and treats for lunch and was enjoyed by everyone. Lots of laughing, chatting and interacting with all. The two parents enjoyed their time with their children and commented on how nice it was to see their kids playing with their friends.
We were joined by the Flying Seagulls in Clacton and Jaywick. Both communities enjoyed the shows and activities provided. There was tightrope walking, plate spinning, trapeze, diablos, juggling and may more. There was a magic show, entertainment show throughout the day. Many families joined in together with all activities and some old school games such as British bulldog. There was much talk about how both communities would really like The Flying Seagulls to visit again.
Young people from Clacton and Jaywick were invited to Colchester Rollerworld. We had two new young people join us today who had not been on a day trip with us before. All the young people enjoyed the day and expressed that they would love to return. Some of the young people had not skated before and really got used to it skating confidently and getting up after in good spirits after falls.
Jaywick Beach Trip
We took 11 young people from Jaywick to the beach. We had access to a beach hut from CVST.
The young people really enjoyed the water playing and splashing about with each other. Staff were in the water also with the YPs keeping them safe and playing games with them. We had a sandcastle competition that was enjoyed by all and was noticed favorably by passersby.
The YPs all enjoyed the day and some did not want to leave the water enjoying their time so much. Food and drink was provided and the YPs ate well. Two parents join us at the beach with younger siblings, engaging well with staff and YPs enjoying their day.
Clacton and Jaywick young people were invited. The two Yps from Jaywick that attended have not been on an activity with us before. These two young lads really enjoyed themselves and got on very well with the other young people. They requested to go on some of our other summer holiday activities that are coming up.
One of the young people was very apprehensive about getting into the water. With support from the staff and the other YPS he managed to get into the water and enjoy the inflatables. The young people all rode their bikes well and safely.
Essex Police Positive Action
We also got to have a tour of the custody suite, meet the police dogs, fire arms offices and watched a display of drones used for track and search operations.
All participants were interested, asked engaging questions and were a real credit to themselves. They were also able to express their feelings that they felt judged and looked down on by other people present at the day because of the way they dressed and acted. IV staff were able to reassure them that it was due to a lack of understanding of their situations and it is this which causes tensions within and of different communities. We also explained that this was part of the bigger of picture of division within our society, as conveyed in the poem by Quinton Green – “I am Humanity”.
Football Rounders Day
We took children from the Clacton and Jaywick area to rush green playing field to do a range of multi sports. We played Robbery, frisbee, kick rounders. They had enjoyed the range of sports that we had set out for them during the time we had been there. They worked well in their teams. These had been new games introduced to the children during this time. Jaywick and Clacton worked well together joining up on the games. A few young people were enjoying their social time together and they all joined in. We had individual lunches for each child which included a wrap, fruit and a savoury snack, and bottles of water were provided. A couple was not interested but staff had spent time with those individuals.
What a fantastic location, outside in the countryside with a massive field to play in. The were loads of obstacles and the lazer guns were excellent quality.
The hosts were really down to earth and very welcoming of us, offering for us to stay as long as we liked, even though we had only paid for 1 hour we stayed for 3. Staff were able to join in and it finished with a YP versus staff competition. The rounds lasted just 10minutes each and they were varied in the rules and aims, which gave all the YP a chance to do well. At the end of each round, the YP were pulled together and the results were shared, giving them a chance to receive congratulations. It also motivated the YP to try hard in the next game
It is excellent to give the YP a taster of BMX riding at a dedicated track, especially as there is one to be built within our area for our YP to use on a regular basis.
Jules is an excellent instructor who can work with YP of any level. He is engaging and able to have a laugh with the YP, tells them stories to inspire them and encourages each one to have a go and not worry if they don’t get it right.
Teambuilding Staff Trip Wales Sept 2020
Tai kindly organised a trip to Wales for staff to develop and experience first hand the anxieties children and young people feel when faced with residential trips away from home.We can't wait to take them as soon as restrictions are lifted.
Splash Park August 2020
We organised a well needed trip to Splash Park for our younger children to let off steam and have a real belly laugh after months of restrictions.
Curve wake trip August 2020
Our big summer bike ride was to Curve Wake waterpark in St Osyth. Many conquered fears of fresh water and jumping from high. Particularly proud of Harry who after 30 minutes deliberating finally took the plunge and had a fantastic time.
Trip to 'Dad's Army' Martello Tower August 2020
We did a bike ride to Jaywick Martello Tower where there was a Dad's Army event. Some senior folk were dressed in authentic historic uniforms and with decommissioned guns and other equipment for children to take a close look at.
We were also allowed to the top of the tower to take in the beautiful view of the Jaywick Coast.
Yoga July 2020
This year we introduced yoga for the first time. Due to restrictions we did outdoor sessions at the multi-court in Clacton and the Community Garden it was lovely to bring a calming session to the centre of Percy King Estate.
Coronavirus 1-2-1's April-July 2020
Due to the impact of lockdown, we have had to take a creative approach to meeting the children and young peoples need, we therfore embarked on a program of 1-2-1 cycle rides, walk and talks, DIY skills and starting work on our important new garden project.
BIke Kitchen's & Cycling March 2020
Our Bike Kitchens continue to be a lifeline for our children & YP. Our Trishaw project has proved a huge success and many elderly residents from Corner Lodge have enjoyed trips out to the pier with our young volunteers. New this year, 7 of our children took part in our first Bikeability course.
Thank you Con and James for your dedication.
Girls Day February 2020
Some of our young ladies spent a lovely afternoon at the Base - nails (two ways!!), fruit and pancakes a week early, a bit of music and most importantly great company! A special thank you to Demah (our beautician for the day) and Tendring Hygiene Scheme for very kindly donating a goody for each of the girls
Firebreak Programme January 2020
We were thrilled to run the Firebreak programme funded generously by the Community Safety Partership and Essex Fire Service. 10 of our YP faced many challenges and overcome phobias and friends and family proudly celebrated their success on 24th January.
Community Giving Christmas Tree Project December 2019
Local Police organised a gift tree. The Clacton community generously donated to ensure local children were nominated to receive quality Christmas gifts. IV staff helped to wrap them all and Ruby and Con delivered them to many happy children and young people.
Half term activities October 2019
12 hardy children cycled over to Jaywick to enjoy a lovely home-cooked brunch. This year we went to Holland on Sea to pick our own pumpkins, before all heding back to Our Jaywick base to carve them.
Puzzle room November 2019
This experience was not only creative, but funny, witty, and it really brought our YP together. The thrill of the race against the other team was intense. We were running around the top of Colchester Castle, searching high and low all while laughing together, building and strengthing friendships, as well as the exercising our minds to escape the serpents curse. So much fun from beginning to end
Curve Wake Park August 2019
We enjoyed it so much that we cycled 5 miles to Curve Wake Park in St Osyth again this year. At least half of our intrepid adventurers overcame their initial fear of the water! Non-stop laughter navigating the inflatables in this beautiful outdoor setting.
Colchester Zoo August 2019
Our Colchester zoo trip was a first for IV. 26 children came along. Favourite moments were meeting the birds of prey, feeding the giraffes and elephants and getting close to the goats in the petting enclosure.
Trishaw Arrival September 2019
We finally took delivery of our Trishaw and staff had fun trying it out. Con and so far two young people have taken out the first residents from Corner Lodge specialist dementia care home for a breath of fresh air.
Outdoor cinema September 2019
We celebrated the end of our fun packed summer holidays with an outdoor cinema event in partnership with Jaywick Martello Tower and Moving Image. It was a gorgeous night 80 children and their families came wrapped up in duvets and blankets to watch ‘Fighting with my Family’.
Sailing Trip August 2019
In August a small group went sailing for the weekend. Thank you Seachange for enabling us to go by raising a substantial bursary. It was a great adventure in which positive new friendships were made.
Wheeley Woods July 2019
We had a great fun learning outdoor skills at the woods firelighting, learning rope knots and coordination skills on the obstacle course.
Creative Arts June 2019
Thank you to Rosie, Manager of the Martello Tower, for giving us the opportunity to work with two talented artists, who taught the children Pottery and Silicone Moulding
Memorial Garden May 2019
We are very grateful to the children that kindly volunteered to help refresh and tidy the memorial garden in Jaywick
Petra's Memorial Service April 2019
We held a simple memorial to Petra on the beach. We cycled there together and threw flowers that one of our young people kindly donated into the sea. Thank you Katie ️
Dementia Awareness Day January 2019
Anthony our Chef once again collaborated with the local fire station to reach out to couples coping with dementia. Seniors that had not been permitted to prepare meals for their partners since the onslaught of their disease cooked in the safety of the fire station with our Chef and sat and ate together.
Multi-Court Sports Session February 2019
15th Feb we were unable to use the Hall at Coppins so we organised a warming evening on the chilly multi-court with hot chocolate, marshmallows and toast over a firepit, on the sidelines of the football.
Christmas, December 2018
A selection of pics from Xmas celebrations:
So proud of local lad Billy who organised a beautiful festive Santa grotto from his Nan's home in Brooklands. All proceeds went to hospital that has supported his little brother Sonny.
We had a traditional Xmas meal this year bringing two generations together, our children and seniors from our Jaywick community Cafe
Rollerworld & Quasar March 2019
Thanks to Rosie winning Jack Petchey Jaywick young people were treated to a trip to Rollerworld Colchester. Thank you and well done Rosie!
Police Football Tournament November 2018
Clacton police came to Percy King estate to play in a tournament with staff and young people. A great night, 60 children and family members came down to support. Overall the police came out on top, we are hoping to rectify this in the Spring!
Trip to Birch Hall, Thorpe October 2018
We had a beautiful trip to Birch Hall at Thorpe on a gorgeous Autumn day in Half-term. Young People experienced sailing and were lucky to spot several seals. They also tried the climbing wall.
Alzheimer's Cooking Event September 2018
So today our chef Ant and one of our young people Hayden joined forces with the fire station , ACE and the Alzheimer's society to let 12 individuals with Alzheimer's cook a meal for their partners! Here are the lovely pictures of the day! There was happiness, smiles and laughter all round. This is an organisation that helps so many people every year!
Beach Day August 2018
The annual beach day. We were glad of the beach hut, and were grateful to Chef and and his trusty assistant for making lunch.
This year It was tinged with sadness due to the tragic loss of Ben at the beginning of August
Water Park July 2018
We decided to kick off the summer holiday by adding a bonus to our bike ride and visited the waterpark at St Oysth, great fun
Sailing Trip June 2018
We were lucky to be supported to go on a sailing trip with Seachange. This time for 9 Clacton young people
Poshed Up Junk Food May 2018
We held a cafe event for the kids that had been so generous in allowing their base to be used for community cafe on Tuesdays and Fridays. 47 kids attended and enjoyed homemade burgers chicken skewers and smoothies. We cant wait to have some family events soon.
Rollerworld Apr 2018
Such a fun trip to Rollerworld thanks to our Jack Petchey winner!
Litter Picking Apr 2018
Well done to all of the young people who cleaned and spruced up around our base in Jaywick, it looks so much more welcoming. Big thanks to Barry who kindly made us our trellis planters. Our herbs are flourishing