YC Hertfordshire supporting young people
With face-to-face support work currently suspended as we tackle the COVID-19 outbreak, YC Hertfordshire youth workers and personal advisers have responded by maintaining online or telephonic contact with vulnerable young people referred to the service and those on caseloads. The teams are working with schools and local councils to ensure young people, especially vulnerable young people who are at increased risk due to restrictions at this unprecedented time, still have access to support.
A range of topics that are being covered include: 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.
Online youth projects now running
As well as individual 1-1 support, the teams are delivering a range of online group projects via virtual sessions on Microsoft Teams for young people.
For example in Welwyn Garden City, a youth forum, run on Mondays 5–6pm for ages 11-17, is a group where young people can have their say about the issues affecting them and make a positive contribution to their local community.
A Friday night youth group, for ages 13-17 is held from 6-7pm for similar discussions about wellbeing, anxiety and stress, sexual health, relationships, staying safe online, bullying and education.
Find out how you can contact your local YC Hertfordshire team or take part in group sessions : Support for young people during the coronavirus outbreak
Did you know . . .?
YC Herts offer a free support text service for young people
In response to the current unprecedented situation our text service has expanded so now young people aged 13-24 can text ‘CHAT’ to 07860 057369 to receive support from a trained youth worker about any worries or concerns they have. Young people will get a response from a trained Youth Worker within 3 hours (during YC Hertfordshire Services for Young People operating times, or the next working day if outside of these times) with advice or information.