There are lots of activities available after school, weekends or during holiday times. Some of these are free and some, if you are 13 or older, can earn you money.
Essex Dance Theatre
If you've ever wanted to learn dance in an informal and friendly environment, Essex Dance Theatre
could be for you. Based in Chelmsford, but operating across the county, the theatre has an open-door policy and works with people regardless of age, gender or experience.
offers dozens of exciting and adventurous activities across Essex and beyond. Choose from archery, canoeing, climbing, mountain biking, sailing and much more.
There are four centres across the county, at Bradwell, Danbury, Harlow and Mersea, as well as a mountain centre in South Wales. All of the centres run educational and developmental courses for young people and adults. There are also School Holiday Activity Days for young people.
There are a number of country parks
open to the public in Essex. Some are run by us and some by district councils. Country parks offer a wide range of activities such as off-road cycling, fishing, walking and exploring. Visit Essex
provides a list of all country parks in Essex with brief details of what’s available at each.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE)
You can make new friends, discover new activities, develop skills, learn to map read, go camping, volunteer in your community and so much more when you do DofE. If you achieve the Gold Award you also get to go to St James's Palace. Find a centre
in your area for more information.
National Citizen Service
If you live in Essex and are or will soon be aged 16 - 17, you can take part in the National Citizen Service.
Along with thousands of other people your age, you can take part in different outdoor activities, develop skills you didn’t even know you had, learn new things, help your local community and best of all make a load of new friends. You can also create a project you really care about and bring it to life in your local area.
For more information and details of how to sign up visit www.ncseast.co.uk
or contact our team at Essex County Council on 01245 436632.
There are various groups for young people who are interested in local politics and taking part in making decisions which influence community projects. There is the Young Essex Assembly
whose members are the voice of all young people in the county. They campaign to make a positive difference to their lives.
Your local library
provides books for free and runs events for children and young people during the summer holidays. You can also read up on subjects you have a special interest in.
Being a volunteer gives you a chance to do something new and to contribute to your community. We have lots of volunteering opportunities you may enjoy. V inspired
connects 16-25 year-olds with volunteering opportunities in England.