July 2020 Edition

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Welwyn Hatfield & Hertsmere Bulletin

Updated July 2020

We are collating the updates we receive for the services into district bulletins. If you would like to include your service update/news for this area please email familiesfirst.support@hertfordshire.gov.uk and please put "Newsletter update" in the subject box, thank you.

For countywide updates, please also visit our Partner Updates page.


YC Hertfordshire support for young people in Welwyn Hatfield : Summer 2020 delivery

Update on the YC Hertfordshire projects and services taking place over the school summer holiday period where young people will have the opportunity to access support and take part in projects with their peers.

Our teams of youth workers and personal advisers will continue to support young people using online platforms and phone support, providing advice and guidance on a range of topics, including emotional wellbeing and managing anxiety, bullying, sexual health, managing finances and budgeting, independent living, exploring career options, applying for college and apprenticeships, and helping GCSE and A‘ Level students navigate through these uncertain times.

Positive Alternatives+

Positive Alternatives is a project for young people aged 11-17 incorporating practical sport or art sessions with interactive workshops which explore personal safety, understanding exploitation, gang culture and crime. Each session includes 2 hours of sports / arts activities delivered by specialist staff. On completion of the programme young people will receive a certificate of participation and a £30 Amazon voucher.

All programmes include ten dynamic and interactive workshop sessions delivered by qualified and experienced youth workers which focus on:

  • identity and belonging
  • gang culture
  • stereotypes and gender
  • violence
  • responsibilities
  • county lines
  • knife crime and reducing use of weapons

We will be delivering two Positive Alternative projects this summer in each of the three borough/districts, and all sessions will be fully risk assessed to ensure they follow the latest guidance in relation to COViD-19:

How to refer a young person to Positive Alternatives+

If you are a parent/carer or a professional who works with young people, you can refer a young person to this programme, particularly if they are:

  • not in employment, education or training
  • persistently absent and/or excluded from school or an Educational Support Centre
  • Vulnerable to exploitation
  • experiencing poor mental health

On receipt of your referral we will be in touch with the young person and their parent/carer to arrange an initial meeting and support them onto the programme.


Download the Welwyn Hatfield leaflet here

  • Summary of YC Hertfordshire online projects in East Herts
  • Tips for looking after emotional wellbeing and physical health
  • Tips for keeping safe online
  • How young people can start planning for their futures and access YC Hertfordshire services to support them with this

    Family Centre Service - Family Support Service, Hertsmere

    We remain committed to the ongoing delivery of family support services. The Family Support Team continue to deliver tailor made packages of support on a 1:1 basis with families via telephone calls and accompanying resources which are emailed to families to support discussions. Professionals and parents can continue to submit referrals via the following website: https://www.hertsfamilycentres.org/professionals-area/family-centre-professionals-area.aspx We encourage professionals to contact the Team Leader prior to completing a referral form to discuss support (please contact 0300 123 7572 and ask to speak to the Family Support Team Leader)

    The Early Start team are still delivering sessions, albeit in a different way, though Facebook Live videos – search “Hertsmere Family Centre Service”- and are delivering a range of Zoom sessions such as Baby Sing and Play, Messy Play and Fun with Stories. Other important information is also posted daily, as well as on our Instagram page “hertswatford3riversfcs”. We continue to offer 1:1 Breastfeeding and Introduction to Solids advice via calling 0300 123 7572, where families are directed to a qualified member of the team for support. Referrals can still be made via the website above for any emerging needs work with families.

    View the July Healthy Hub Bulletin here

    View the June Healthy Hub Bulletin here

    View the May Healthy Hub Bulletin here


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