October 2020

Families First News

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East Herts and Broxbourne Bulletin

October 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.

Healthy Start Vouchers

The County Council is trying to reach over five thousand Hertfordshire families who are missing out on £100’s of food and milk vouchers.

Please see our article on the Healthy Start Vouchers and see the figures below from the NHS (August 31st 2020), which details the numbers of individuals taking up the Health Care Vouchers in your districts.

For more information, please contact Barbara Alexander or Gary Vaux at HCC’s Money Advice Unit on 01438 843456.

Broxbourne Borough Council are pleased to announce that the Kidz Club that will be returning for the October half term (Childcare vouchers accepted - terms and conditions apply).  

Please download this leaflet for more information.


Stepping Stones - Cheshunt

The Cheshunt centre is open and operating as close to normal as they can. The have been working hard to re-structure the setting to ensure it is safe as well as fun. They have implemented an extensive cleaning and safety programme, and continue to find activities they can deliver within the realms of the ‘new normal’ and whilst following government and HCC guidelines as closely as possible.

The centre works with adults from 16+ with additional needs and are currently open Monday to Friday from 9.30am-3pm, subject to staggered arrival and collection times. They currently have availability on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The centre offers a range of creative and educational activities with a focus on independence and wellbeing.

The centre has been open for over 5 years now and as a family run setting they have built strong connections with all of their service users and families.

Their website is currently being updated with pictures of their latest changes and updates, but if you would like any further info or pictures, perhaps a virtual tour or just simply a chat, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Stepping Stones Team on steppingstonesoc@outlook.com.  

YC Hertfordshire support for young people in Broxbourne, East Herts & Welwyn Hatfield


Over the coming term we will be working alongside schools and our partners to support young people as they return to school, college and adjust to changing circumstances. YC Hertfordshire youth workers and personal advisers have been maintaining contact with young people throughout lockdown to deliver online projects and Individual Support. Over the summer, we have been able to deliver services directly to young people through our Summer Positive Alternatives projects, detached work and support to young people through our Access Points.

We will be extending this direct delivery this term and maintaining some of the online delivery that has worked well for young people. Please click here for details of our East Herts offer and please click here for further information of our Broxbourne offer for this term.

Emotional Wellbeing

With the added pressures of COViD-19, helping young people to develop and maintain positive mental health is more important than ever. YC Hertfordshire are offering a range of projects that will support young people in bringing about lifestyle changes, adjusting to new demands and learning skills and techniques which they can apply to their everyday situations to improve emotional wellbeing, as well as develop their resilience and relationships with others.

After the success of delivering these projects online, we will continue to offer both direct face-to-face projects and online projects this coming term. This enables young people who may not be able to access the face to face group delivery, either due to where they live or their current circumstances, to access a safe supportive virtual group.

Emotional Wellbeing Project

A project for young people where low mood, anxiety or stress is interfering with their enjoyment or life and normal activities. This project offers a safe environment where young people learn how small lifestyle changes can make a significant difference to the way you feel. With the support of qualified youth workers and their peers, young people can try out new activities which help them feel better about their life and future.

Online via Microsoft Teams



Ages 13-17


Cheshunt Young People’s Centre



Ages 13-17

Hatfield Young People’s Centre, Breaks Manor



Ages 13-17

Ware Young People’s Centre



Ages 13-17


Supporting You Project

This project helps young people to develop skills to improve their confidence and self-esteem, young people learn a range of CBT techniques which they can apply to their every-day lives to take greater control of their circumstances and build resilience.

Cheshunt Young People’s Centre



Ages 13-17

Welwyn Garden City Young People’s Centre



Ages 13-17

Online via Microsoft Teams



Ages 13-17

Healthy Relationships Project

Healthy Relationships supports young people to understand the difference between healthy, positive relationships and relationships which are not. Young people learn how to stay safe online, to recognise and know how to report exploitation, and or abuse within relationships and how to make informed, safe choices.

Online via MS Teams

Wednesdays 6-8pm

Ages 13-17

Hertford Young People’s Centre,Zoo Café

Tuesdays 6-8pm

Ages 13-17

Supporting Young People with their Future

COVID-19 has meant that many young people are facing more challenges and greater uncertainty when planning for their future. The following resources and support are available to help young people think about their next steps, boost their employability and develop their skills.

Access Points

Our Access Points have been risk-assessed in light of COViD-19 and are now open and available for young people to attend. Personal advisers are on hand to provide information, advice, guidance and support on education, work, training and volunteering, as well as available YC Hertfordshire youth work projects and programmes. Locations, opening times and details for young people on how they can book an appointment can be found within the information above.

Hertfordshire Opportunities Portal

This website allows young people to access all current opportunities across Hertfordshire, including apprenticeships, work experience and careers, as well as skills development and professional qualification programmes. The project can be accessed via the following link: https://www.hopinto.co.uk/

New Youth Projects  

TRACKS Young Men’s Project (Broxbourne) – This project aims to develop young men’s confidence and self-esteem and equip them with the knowledge, ability and attitudes to reduce the risk of them being criminally exploited, and to enable them to make positive choices concerning a range of influences and issues within their lives.

Better Choices – The Better Choices project provides individual support for young people vulnerable to sexual exploitation. Young people learn about the risks when using social media and how to keep themselves safe online. Young people are encouraged into group work projects which introduce them to new friendship groups and new opportunities.

Positive Pathways – Positive Pathways provides Individual Support to young people who are at risk of engaging in or are already involved with antisocial behaviour. Young people explore the root causes of their behaviour and are supported in addressing underlying issues. They then develop a personal action plan focussed on raising aspirations and accessing alternative positive opportunities.

NHS Cadets – The NHS Cadets project provides young people with the opportunity to develop their knowledge, confidence and skills, and is ideal for any young person who has an interest in the caring profession and/or volunteering or working within the NHS.

Wild at Hudnall – In partnership with YC Hertfordshire and Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust, Wild at Hudnall is an exciting new project which will provide a range of free, nature-based activities which focus on wellbeing, nature, conservation and learning. The project supports young people who are experiencing mental ill health and challenges with emotional wellbeing. Further details about the available sessions can be found here or at https://www.ychertfordshire.org/hudnall-park/go-wild-at-hudnall/

Useful Information to distribute to young people

Above are links to pdfs we have produced for young people which include:

  • Details of all YC Hertfordshire projects they can join in their local area
  • 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

How to refer a young person to YC Hertfordshire

If you wish to refer a young person to a project or programme please click here for our online referral form.   

Grants available from East Herts Council

Call for projects that strengthen the community in East Hertfordshire (Up to £8,000 available).

East Herts Council is looking for community focused projects that strengthen the community and lead to improved health and wellbeing of residents. Grants are available for building improvement projects as well as socially distanced activities and services in Hertford, Ware, Buntingford, Bishop’s Stortford, Sawbridgeworth and the villages in between. These must be delivered according to government guidelines. Go to https://www.eastherts.gov.uk/community-wellbeing/funding-community-organisations-and-individuals. The deadline for applications is 4 January 2021. Past projects include a community garden, training for volunteers, Parkinsons Support Group, arts and crafts outreach, Men’s Shed projects and improvements to a bowls club.

Are you an informal voluntary group who needs some help to get back on your feet? Or someone with a new idea which will benefit the local community during this difficult time? If so, you are welcome to apply for up to £300 any time. Please contact Claire on claire.pullen@eastherts.gov.uk to discuss your idea and ensure it meets our criteria.  


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