St Albans

Youth projects for young people in the St Albans district, which includes Harpenden

YC Hertfordshire Services for Young People is running the following online group sessions and outdoor programmes for young people in the St Albans 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 065195 or email

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.

LGBT+ Online Project

Every Wednesday, 5-6.30pm

Join this group for young LGBT+ people in the St Albans area to discuss and get support with LGBT+ issues.

For young LGBT+ people aged 13-17.

Positive Alternatives Summer Programmes

Programme 1: 3rd–14th August 2020
1-4pm Monday-Friday for two weeks

Programme 2: 17th–28th August 2020
1-4pm 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.

Wheathampstead Online Project

Every Tuesday, 5-6.30pm

Join this group to get involved in discussions about issues that may be affecting your life, such as health and wellbeing, sexual health, relationships and staying safe online.

For young people aged 13-17.

St Albans Street-based Project

Monday-Friday, 3-5pm and 6-8pm

Follow the @StAlbansTeam on Twitter or @YCHerts.DacorumStAlbans on Instagram for details of where they are each day

At this street-based (detached) project 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.