Youth projects for young people in the Hertsmere district, which includes Potters Bar, Borehamwood, Bushey and Radlett

YC Hertfordshire Services for Young People is running the following online group sessions and outdoor programmes for young people in the Hertsmere district during the 2020 school summer holidays.

If you are a young person and would like to join any of these groups, please call the team on 01442 454060, text 'SUPPORT' to 07860 065185 or email ych.hertsmere@hertfordshire.gov.uk

If you are a professional or parent/carer and would like to refer a young person to any of these projects please make a referral.

Positive Alternatives Summer Programmes

Programme 1: 3rd–14th August 2020
1.30-4.30pm Monday-Friday for two weeks 

Programme 2: 10th–21st August 2020
1pm-4pm Monday-Friday for two weeks

The YC Hertfordshire Positive Alternatives programme is for young people aged 11-17 and incorporates practical sport or art sessions with interactive workshops. You will learn about keeping yourself safe and making positive choices in relation to gangs and knife crime.

Each session includes 2 hours of sports or arts delivered by professional instructors and an interactive workshop delivered by fully-qualified and experienced youth workers. The workshops focus on:

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

On completion of the programme you will receive a certificate of participation and a £30 Amazon voucher.

Read more about Positive Alternatives and see comments from young people who've taken part.

Please note:
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all summer 2020 programmes will be taking place outdoors and all participants must adhere to the 2m social distancing rules and handwashing practices throughout. All equipment will be sanitised and single-use. Anyone feeling unwell or with any COVID-19 symptoms must not attend.

Bushey Wheels Online Project

Every Wednesday
12th August - 2nd September, 6.30-7.30pm

If you are struggling with low mood and would like support from other young people and Youth Workers, this project is for you! As well as getting support with your wellbeing, you'll also learn about motorbike safety.

For young people aged 15-17

Changes Online Film-Making and Photography Project

Every Tuesday, 10.30-11.30am

Join this project to get support with your emotional wellbeing. If you are struggling with low mood and would like support from other young people and Youth Workers, this project is for you! 

As part of the project you will create a film, photograph or statement about changes you have experienced during the coronavirus crisis.

For young people aged 14-17

Fusion Online Project for Young Adults with Learning Disabilities

Every Monday, 6-8pm

Join this project for supportive discussions with youth workers and other young adults with learning disabilities in your area. As part of this enjoyable and engaging programme, we discuss relationships, health, emotional wellbeing and developing skills for independent living.

For young adults with learning disabilities aged 18-24

Hertsmere Youth Council Online

Every Monday, 7.30-8.30pm

The Hertsmere Youth Council is for young people who want to make a difference in their community, discuss current issues, share ideas and think of ways they can help improve things in their area.

For young people aged 11-17.

PACT LGBT+ Online Project

Every Monday, 4-5.30pm

The YC Hertfordshire Watford, Three Rivers and Hertsmere PACT LGBT+ project is a support group for young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender variant people and those questioning their sexuality.

Join this group for discussions with other young LGBT+ people in the area and to get information and support from YC Hertfordshire youth workers.

For young LGBT+ people aged 13-17.

The Empathy Project Online

Every other Thursday, 5.30-6.30pm

Join this project if you are interested in getting involved with

The Empathy Project.

If you are looking to support others with their wellbeing then this project is for you! Full training is provided.

For young people aged 16 to 21

Hertsmere Street-based Projects

Borehamwood: Mondays, 12noon-2pm
27th July, 3rd August, 24th August 2020

Bushey: every Thursday, 12noon-2pm

Potters Bar: Wednesdays, 12noon-2pm
29th July, 18th August, 26th August 2020

Follow the @HertsmereTeam on Twitter and @YCHerts.Hertsmere on Instagram for details of where they are each day.

At these street-based (detached) projects YC Hertfordshire youth workers offer support to young people with a range of issues, including mental health and wellbeing, education, employment and training. Young people can talk to our youth workers about concerns about their future and any feelings of isolation and loneliness resulting from the COVID-19 restrictions.

Young people will also be reminded of social distancing guidelines to help control the virus in their communities.

Our youth workers ensure they carry out their youth work following the latest social distancing guidance.