Hertsmere Young People Support the Community
19 December 2018
Young people who took part in the Autumn National Citizen Service programme with YC Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire County Council’s youth service, have carried out projects benefitting the community, including raising awareness of mental health, collecting toys and making care packages and clearing and tidying Shenley Road Cemetery.
The 23 young people from Hertsmere who completed NCS with YC Hertfordshire all completed a programme which included a residential stay and skills-based workshops, before turning their attention to their social action projects.
The first group liaised with the local church, borrowing their tools, and then weeded the paths, cleared the gravestones and cut down overhanging branches to leave the site looking much neater and tidier.
The second group organised the collection of toys, books and presents to put together care packages for young people to be given out by young volunteers who are part of the Empathy Project at Watford General hospital.
A third group spent their time raising awareness of mental health issues. This group put together leaflets and posters on mental health and wellbeing and staffed a stall outside 96 Shenley Road in the centre of Borehamwood. They asked members of the public to rate their feelings on a post-it-note which they then added to a large poster with the aim of drawing attention to emotional wellbeing as well as raising public awareness of what mental health means and signposting support within the community.
Ellis, senior youth worker who led the group, said: “I am very proud of all these young people. They worked very hard and together have made a real difference to the local community – achieving a great deal over a short period of time. They deserve to be congratulated!”