Harwich Inspired Youth Action (HIYA) are an award winning group of 11-18 year olds who want to change the image of young people in their community. The group meet fortnightly to organise their own community events, activities and campaigns and all the ideas come from the young people themselves.
HIYA is a really unique opportunity in Harwich and as well as being a fun social activity the members also get to pick up some great skills along the way including:
- Event organisation
- Marketing and PR
- Managing Meetings
When and where?
2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month, 6.00pm - 8.00pm
The Central, Teen Talk, 17 Cliff Road, Dovercourt, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3PP
HIYA's Latest Projects:
The Christmas Gift Project
In December 2015 we carried out our first ever Christmas Gift Project to benefit the local community. We collected food and gift donations and individually wrapped 100 parcels that were given out at the People's Community Kitchen and local residential homes. We were really pleased to be able to give back to the community this Christmas and plan to make this project bigger and better in 2016.
The Memory Book Project
We have been working with members of the Harwich Community to gather information about their childhood memories and to see how being a teenager has changed over the years. We are making these memories into regular e-newsletters that are being sent out to local residents. Take a look at our latest editions here.
The Crime Campaign
We are currently working on a hate crime campaign. We have researched what a hate crime is, hurtful words related to it and the ways that it can be recorded. We are now trying to put together a video to show how hate crime can affect someone. When we have it all recorded we will aim to make this into a video which can be shared on social media to spread the message and raise awareness.
The Energy Drinks Campaign
In 2015 we launched a brand new film, 'The World's Worst Energy Drink', which highlights how energy drinks adversely impact the body. We made this film with help from Fixers UK, an organisation that supports young people to tackle the issues important to them and make positive change for themselves and those around them. Our short film is to be shown in schools and it is hoped that by providing information about the possible side effects, this campaign will prompt young people to reduce the quantity they consume.