December 2021

Families First News

Local area news

East Herts, Broxbourne & Welwyn

Update from Broxbourne, East Herts & Welwyn Hatfield early help services:-

Services for Young People 

You can view the details of the Services for Young People projects, services and opportunities for young people, which will commence in January 2022 by downloading these leaflets:-

SfYP - Broxbourne 

SfYP - East Herts

SfYP - Welwyn Hatfield

Full services can be viewed at- Services for Young People

A further project they will be delivering this term is the project for Young Parents and Young Parents to be.  Projects will be taking place across Hertfordshire.  In our area this will be delivered each Thursday 2-4pm, at our Waltham Cross Young People’s Centre Stanhope Road, Waltham Cross, EN8 7DJ

The Job Smart team can help you improve your chances of securing a job by giving FREE support! Find out more here:  Job Smart employability programme.

CHEXS offers an award winning 30 week bespoke programme designed, tested and implemented to support children and young people's common mental-health concerns as well as their overall wellbeing.

The charity was founded by our CEO Pete Maiden 10 years ago following a career in the Navy, you can read more about this on our History of CHEXS.

CHEXS works by using a two stream approach, our Children an Young People team follow a structured programme of age-appropriate activities for learning and coaching outside of the classroom, which enables them to improve their wellbeing, succeed and build confidence.

All work is based upon protective behaviours, coaching and promoting positive mental health.

Our Family Support Team works in tandem with our Children and Young People team, offering inclusive parenting workshop groups sharing a wealth of experience, advice and guidance in a relaxed environment, coupled with our one to one support sessions for parents. Our team are on hand to help and regularly refer a child or parent into one another. Email to self-refer to our team.

By working with this unique whole family approach, CHEXS helps parents build strong, positive relationships and trust with their child. In turn, the young people are coached and mentored through a variety of innovative projects designed to build self-esteem, teamwork, problem-solving and tangible skills. The projects instill a sense of purpose, meaning and aspirations for the future.

Our focus on resilience equips young people to face everyday challenges and achieve their potential for a better future.

**** EXCITING NEWS​​​ ****

  • CHEXS has recently won a NATIONAL award from the Children & Young People Now Awards 2021 for their coveted 'Charity of the year' award. This is amazing recognition for the team who have worked tirelessly over the last year helping and supporting families during the most difficult of times.
  • We have also won a Hertfordshire Inspire award from Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce for their 'Business of the year award' and we were also given a 'highly Commended' for our people development.  


If you feel we would be able to offer you support please get in contact with us on 07970 498 966 or you can visit our website at WWW.CHEXS.CO.UK or follow us on Facebook @CHEXS

The HABS Family Support Team provides a high-quality service for children, young people and their families in Wormley, Broxbourne, Turnford, Hoddesdon, Cheshunt and Watford.  We are an organisation that works with school-aged children to address social and health issues that are barriers to learning; we play a significant role in the lives of many young people and their families. 

We provide support for children and families at risk of breakdown, offering practical and emotional support, helping with a range of issues including bereavement, separation, bullying, domestic abuse, drug or alcohol use, additional educational needs, housing, debt and challenging behaviour.

If you feel we would be able to offer you or your family support please get in contact with us on 01992303331 (opt 5) or you can visit our website or follow us on Facebook @HABScommunity


The HABS family support team are pleased to welcome Warren Dell Primary school and Churchfield CE Academy to the partnership. 

HABS are also now the proud managers of the Hertford, Ware Villages School Partnership.

Our Core Offer: 

We offer advice and support to children, young people, and their families on a range of issues and concerns including: 

Mental health, Emotional Wellbeing, Separation and divorce, Mediation, Bereavement and loss, Young carers, Housing and eviction, Debt management, Domestic abuse, Transition, Benefits advice and support, Confidence and Self esteem, Parenting support and advice 

We also have an excellent working relationship with local teams, enabling us to signpost to many local activities, support groups, parenting programmes, and information services in our local community.         

If you feel we would be able to offer you or your family support please get in contact with Hayley or Karen on 07745 374901 / 07545 501825 or you can visit the HABS website with a dedicated section for HWVSP or follow us on Facebook @HABScommunity  

Herts Mind Network

The Community Support Service (CSS) is a mental health outreach service run by Herts Mind Network and in partnership with local councils. CSS currently operates in Watford, Three Rivers, Hertsmere and Broxbourne.

The service is for adults age 18 plus and delivers one to one holistic , practical and emotional support with a range of issues.  These include coping strategies and developing emotional resilience. Support with housing, benefits and debt. Support around drug and alcohol abuse and supporting parents who may be on a child protection, child in need plan or family support plan. Mental health should be the primary need.

For any referral enquiries please contact


Is a user-friendly web-based referral system for local community health and wellbeing services. Organisations can refer/signpost to other providers via the up-to-date library of local services. All referrals are encrypted, consent driven and referrers can 'track' any referral they make. Currently, Frontline covers both East Herts and Broxbourne.

Citizens Advice East Herts - Service Update

As an advice service our focus is on making sure people are able to access the support they need in a way that works for them and we've found many people like being able to access us remotely. As lockdown restrictions lift we won't be going back to a 'drop in' service from our offices which only worked for a minority. Instead we'll operate our service across multiple channels, helping people by phone, email, webchat, video and online. We'll continue to offer home visits and in person appointments in community locations to those who need them. This short video (1.5 minutes) explains more. For more details on our services and how to access them please visit

Tthe Citizens Advice East Herts are running a short survey to help them find out about local community needs post pandemic, what people know about our service and how they would wish to access it, if needed. Please share with your communities

CVS for Broxbourne & East Herts latest e-bulletin can be viewed here

Hertford Wellbeing Hub

The Hertford Wellbeing Hub is a new community use building in the heart of the Sele Farm Estate. 

We have developed a physical activity programme from the Hub but would love to add some new and different sessions in the new year. 

Find out more by downloading the hub leaflet.


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