Other Activities

By SPP Reporter

Local Education Authority Facilities

The LEA have a variety of local youth facilities including the Monkwick Youth Club near the Army SFA, which is open to 12-19 yr olds during term time, with set nights for each year group. The Youth Club is based above the sports hall in Thomas Lord Audley School and provides various sports facilities as well as computer games, internet, arts, crafts and cooking. For further information please contact the Youth Worker, Jennie Addison on 01206 710240 or 07825 144467.

Colchester Garrison Youth Club

The Garrison Youth Club is situated on the 1st Floor of the Community Centre in Fallowfield Road. Its facilities include a state of the art DJ sounds and lighting system, computer suite including: Playstation, Wii and Nintendo games consoles, large games room, tuck shop, arts and craft room and quiet rooms.

Opening Times:

Tuesday Juniors Club School Years 4-6 1715 - 1915 hrs

Wednesday Kids Club School year 1 to 3 1630 - 1830

Thursday Senior Club School Years 7-11 1800-2030 hrs

Entry Charges

Junior, Intermediate and Senior Clubs £1 per session; Kids Club 50p per session. All entry fees contribute towards the sustainable development of the Youth Club, materials etc.


Automatic Membership is available to all Service or MOD employed dependants. Parents or legal guardians may collect application forms from the AWS Community Development Workers office (top floor in the Community Centre) or the Youth Club during normal sessions.


All young people are encouraged to take part in a wide variety of fun-filled activities, ranging from arts & crafts, board games, quizzes, pool, table tennis and computer competitions, disco and karaoke, together with project based youth work, to rollerblading, ten-pin bowling, canoeing, archery, football, netball, volleyball, hockey and external visits. A wide range of nationally recognised qualifications are offered, in many different disciplines, for young people to access if they wish.


All areas of the Youth Club are on the lookout for adult volunteers; whether it is working alongside young people, helping in the tuck shop with arts & craft or sports. AWS staff are able to offer volunteers the opportunity to enhance their employment prospects by working towards and gaining a Certificate in Volunteering. The ASDAN Certificate in Volunteering is a nationally recognised qualification; whether wishing to access training or not, any amount of time offered is greatly appreciated.

For further information please contact the Community Development Workers on 01206 816581.

Other activities that will interest young people are below, together with their meeting times and contacts:

Army Cadet Force

D Coy, Essex Army Cadet Force, Army Reserve Centre, Circular Road East Lower, Colchester CO2 7SZ.

Boys/Girls 13-18 yrs Thur 1900-2130 hrs

Tel: Major S Edwards, Colchester 573066 (working hours).

Sea Cadet Corps

T/S Colne Light, (Unit No 88) King Edward VII Quay, The Hythe, Colchester CO2 8JB.

Boys/Girls 12-18 yrs Parade evenings

Mon 1915-2130 hrs Wed 1915-2130 hrs

Junior Section Boys/Girls 11/12 Parade evening

Mon 1915-2130 hrs

(Juniors may be taken on at 10 1/2 years in certain circumstances at the discretion of the Commanding Officer) Twinned with TS Vanguard, Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps, Toronto, Canada.

Activities include, boating, communications, engineering, ceremonial training, band, opportunities for exchange visits with Sea Cadet Units in Commonwealth and foreign countries. Sailing on a “Tall Ship”, training with the Royal Navy, community service, visits to British and foreign warships.

Colne Light Club (Sea Cadet Corps)

An invitation is extended to Service and ex military personnel to use the Ship’s Social Club and help raise funds for the ship.

Fridays 1930-2300 hrs Sundays 1230-1500 hrs

Social functions summer months.

Tel: Alan Dickens 502634.

Air Training Corps – 308 Sqn ATC

Hut 8, (opposite the Arena), Circular Road East, Colchester CO2 7SZ.

Boys/Girls 13-18 yrs Tue & Thu 1900-2100 hrs

OC Flt Lt Twin RAFVR(T). Tel: 01376 551414 Ext 2710.

Parade Night (Answering Machine 369685).

1st Colchester Boys Brigade Company

Castle Methodist Church, Maidenburgh Street, Colchester.

Anchor Section 6-8 yrs Mon 1800-1930 hrs

Juniors 8-11 yrs Mon 1800-1930 hrs

Seniors 11-18 yrs Mon 1900-2200 hrs

Company Traditional Marching Band

Tel: Mr John Brooks (Company Captain)

01245 225166.

2nd Colchester Girls Brigade Company

Eld Lane Methodist Church, Colchester.

Juniors 8-11 yrs Fri 1830 onwards

Seniors 12-18 yrs Fri 1930-2100 hrs

St John Ambulance (Cadets)

St John Ambulance Divisional HQ, Greenstead Road, Colchester.

Badgers 6-10 yrs Mon 1800-1915 hrs

Boys/Girls 10-16 yrs Tue 1830-1930 hrs

Adults 16 yrs + Tue 2000 hrs

Superintendent: Mrs Y Williams. Tel: 868803

Red Cross Cadets (Junior Red Cross)

Red Cross House, 10 East Stockwell Street, Colchester.

Boys/Girls 9-25 yrs + Wed 1830 hrs onwards

Mrs Shaw, Red Cross House, 10 East Stockwell

Street, Colchester. Tel: 574692

Barnardo’s Children’s Centre

Monkwick, Colchester CO2 8NN

Tel: Colchester 578978 Barnardo’ Children’s Centre offers daily activities, family support and information for families with under 5’s. Family sessions, group sessions and outside games sessions.

Royal Life Saving Society

Meet: Sat 1100-1200 hrs at the Station Pool plus other occasions.

Tel: Mrs Robinson on Colchester 450655

Iceni Gymnastics Club

The Stanway School, Winstree Road, Colchester

Saturday Classes for Boys and Girls

Pre-school Gymnastics 1000-1045 hrs (pay as you go sessions)

Recreational – BGA Proficiency Awards 1030-1200 hrs (10 week courses)

Competition Classes for girls also available

For further information please call Annette Bateson on

07773 891563 or Bob Bateson on 01206 862102

Army Reserve

36 (Eastern) Signal Squadron

Army Reserve Centre, Circular Road East Lower, Colchester, Essex CO2 7SZ Tel: 01206 816614

Email: 37sr-36-ao@mod.uk

Web: www.army.mod.uk/signals/organisation/17198.aspx

Parade Evening: Tue 1930-2130 hrs

2 Sqn 254 Med Regt

Arny Reserve Centre, Circular Road East, Colchester, Essex CO2 7SZ Tel: 01206 816632

Parade Evening: Tue 1930-2130 hrs

202 Sqn RLC

Army Reserve Centre, Circular Road East, Colchester, Essex CO2 7SZ Tel: 01206 816628

Parade Evening: Tue 1930-2130 hrs

Employment Service

The job centre in Colchester is located at: 138 High Street, Colchester, Tel: Colchester 288900

Note: When considering work locally you should take into account the following:

(a) Tax and National Insurance will be taken from your wages.

(b) Transport costs should you not be in walking distance of local employment.

(c) Should you have children that require care, what arrangements can you make for them that prevents ‘latch key kids’.

18 Army Education Centre

Gleig house, Merville Barracks Colchester, Essex, C02 9BT

Tel Mil: 94660 815268

Civ: 01206 815268


18 AEC offers a wide range of both personal and professional development courses and support for all service personnel, dependants and entitled civilians.

The services available include:

• Mandated career courses.

• Instructor Development courses.

• Professional development courses for service personnel.

• A range of IT courses.

• Functional Skills advice and courses.

• Advice and support on Personal Development and Resettlement.

• Foreign language advice and courses.

Military Education

We offer the full range of career developmental courses for soldiers and officers including Command, leadership and Management (ClM), Junior Officer leadership Programme (JOlP) and Military AnalYSis (MA) courses, “and Instructor Development courses (Defence Instructional Techniques (DIT), Army Instructor Supervisor (AIS), and Army Instructional leader (All).

Contact: Centre Administrator

Colchester Mil: 94660 5988

Civ: 01206 815988

Maths & English

18 AEC offers Functional Skills (FS) courses in English and Maths. These are available at level 2 as almost all soldiers should have achieved level 1 on an Army Apprenticeship.

Assessment for English and Maths Skills can be booked with the Functional Skills Clerk and take place on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, most weeks, every month. Assessments help to identify the skills already acquired and the skills that need improvement. Where skills need improvement, soldiers can enrol on a Programme of learning, often internet-based, to work in their own time, at their own pace to prepare for a tutor-led course and then exam. The Basic Skills Development Manager (BSDM), will assess when soldiers are ready for a course and will help them (and their units) bid for places.

Other support is available for soldiers who have, or may have, a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) such as dyslexia, and for soldiers for whom English is a Second Language.

Contact: Sue McNaught, Functional Skills Clerk

Colchester Mil: 94660 5987

Civ: 01206 815987

Contact: Traci Norrie Shipp, Basic Skills Development Manager (BSDM)

Colchester Mil: 94660 5993

Civ: 01206 815993

Army Library & Information Service (ALlS)

Colchester Library & Information Centre is part of the network of Army libraries that form part of the Army Library & Information Service (ALlS). The role of the Library is to provide military and civilian staff with books and information to support Professional and Personal Development.

The library is open 0930 -1400 Mon - Thu

Contact: Elfride Cable, Library Assistant

Colchester Mil: 94660 5269

Civ: 01206 815269

Electronic Learning Centre (e-LC)

The e-LC provides a range of level 1 & 2 IT courses (European Computer Driving License, ECDL) and supports the BSDM in the delivery of Functional Skills assessment and learning.

Contact: Becky Lawless, Learning Centre Advisor (LCA)

Colchester Mil: 94660 5272, Civ: 01206 815272

Royal Artillery Centre for Personal Development (RACPD)

In addition to being the apprenticeship provider for the Royal Artillery; RACPD offers tutor led Level 1 & 2 ITO courses and ECDL Level 3 ITO courses.

Contact: Denise Mark, Learning Centre Manager (LCM)

Colchester Mil: 94669 5393

Civ: 01206 815393

Pearson TQ Training

TO Training (part of Pearson’s) offer apprenticeships (including FS) to the Royal Logistics Corps, Royal Engineers, Royal marines and the RAF including:

• Level 1 & 2 in Functional Skills Maths, English and ICT.

• Driving Goods Vehicles (DGV) Intermediate & Advanced Apprenticeship.

• IT Software Web & Telecoms Professional Intermediate & Advanced Apprenticeship.

• Warehouse & Storage-Warehouse Operative Intermediate Apprenticeship.

• Logistics Operations Advanced Apprenticeship.

Contact: Colin Cheeseworth or Tim Edmonds (Assessors)

Colchester Mil: 94660 5394/5395

Civ: 01206 815394/5395

Personal Development and Resettlement

18 AEC’s Individual Education and Resettlement Officer (IERO) provides advice and access to funding (Standard and Enhanced Learning Credits, SLCs and ELCs) for Personal Development courses, and provides advice and access to Resettlement provision for all soldiers in the process of leaving the Army.

Contact: Paul Hargreaves (IERO)

Colchester Mil: 94660 5991

Civ: 01206 815991/815267

Career Transition Partnership (CTP)

Alongside the IERO, CTP provides Service leavers with the following support:

• Job finding.

• Organised job fairs.

• Guidance on personal resettlement plans.

• CV writing and interview skills.

• Links with local employers.

Heather Disberry (CTP Consultant)

Colchester Mil: 94660 5273

Civ: 01206 815273

Further Education Establishments

The following education establishments run courses in many subjects: Colchester Institute, 6th Form College, Grey Friars and various schools in the area do evening classes. The enrolment for courses is usually in September.

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