June 2022

Families First News

Local area news

East Herts, Broxbourne & Welwyn

Updates from Broxbourne, East Herts & Welwyn Hatfield early help services:-

Update from Community Development Team, Broxbourne BC

  • The Kidz Klub holiday playscheme ran at Easter and Whitsun at the John Warner Sport Centre in Hoddesdon. It was sold out most days. It will run again through the summer holidays.
  • The Council delivered the HAPpy programme at Holdbrook (Waltham Cross) and in Hoddesdon at Easter with 226 attendances. Funding has been secured to deliver the scheme at both sites for the Summer holidays.
  • Youth Work - we currently have four Youth sessions running each week

Basketball Outreach in Waltham Cross on Mondays (starting 6 June)

Detached youth work in Cheshunt North / Turnford on Tuesdays – around the Cadmore Lane, Penton Fields area.

Detached youth work in North Hoddesdon on Thursdays

Youth Sport Night at the Laura Trott Leisure Centre on Fridays starting on 17 June.

    • Lowewood Museum – current exhibition is Jubilations and Coronations, a look at how the Borough has celebrated Royal events over the past 120+ years, going back to Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee. Local youth charity The Gifted have also been running Jubilee themed workshops leading to a display in the museum. The next exhibition marks the 40th anniversary of the formation of the museum. The Museum’s Community Engagement Officer has been working with Herts Museums and Wormley Community Centre to deliver a creative project to support young people’s mental health.
    • Events coming up include:
      Sat 11 June – Celebrating our Community multi-cultural festival in Waltham Cross
      Friday 8 July – Queen’s Baton Relay at the Lee Valley White Water Centre along with accompanying primary school sport festival

    Saturday 9 July – Vintage and Classic Car Show in Hoddesdon Town Centre
    Sunday 10 July- Veg Fest with CHEXS in Grundy Park
    Saturday 23 to Sunday 24 July – Open Air Cinema in Waltham Cross Town Centre
    Wednesday 3 August – National Playday in Cheshunt Park

    Saturday 6 August – Classic Vehicle Show in Waltham Cross Town Centre
    Sunday 14 August – Rock Around The Clock Tower in Hoddesdon Town Centre

    CVS for Broxbourne and East Herts : Summer Conference 

    We have an exciting line-up of top speakers this year who will be at our in-person Summer Conference of 2022. See who will be delivering each speech below and have a look at what's to come out of this year's jam-packed summer conference, lots of knowledge is to be taken away! It is also with great pleasure to have keynote speakers Jim McManus – Director of Public Health of Hertfordshire County Council, and Cllr Richard Roberts – Leader of Hertfordshire County Council.

    Book your free place now via email by contacting penny@cvsbeh.org.ukFree lunch is provided!

    Services for Young People 

    You can view the details of the Services for Young People projects, services and opportunities for young people, for the summer term 2022 below:-

    SfYP - Broxbourne 

    SfYP - East Herts

    SfYP - Welwyn Hatfield

    Full services can be viewed at- Services for Young People

    Find out more about Hearts Helping Herts Craft Cafe here

    The Job Smart team can help you improve your chances of securing a job by giving FREE support! Find out more here:  Job Smart employability programme.


    CHEXs offers an award winning 30 week bespoke programme designed, tested and implemented to support children and young people's common mental-health concerns as well as their overall wellbeing.

    The charity was founded by our CEO Pete Maiden 10 years ago following a career in the Navy, you can read more about this on our History of CHEXS.

    CHEXS works by using a two stream approach, our Children and Young People team follow a structured programme of age-appropriate activities for learning and coaching outside of the classroom, which enables them to improve their wellbeing, succeed and build confidence.

    All work is based upon protective behaviours, coaching and promoting positive mental health.

    Our Family Support Team works in tandem with our Children and Young People team, offering inclusive parenting workshop groups sharing a wealth of experience, advice and guidance in a relaxed environment, coupled with our one to one support sessions for parents. Email admin@chexs.co.uk to self-refer to our team.

    By working with this unique whole family approach, CHEXS helps parents build strong, positive relationships and trust with their child. In turn, the young people are coached and mentored through a variety of innovative projects designed to build self-esteem, teamwork, problem-solving and tangible skills. The projects instill a sense of purpose, meaning and aspirations for the future.

    Our focus on resilience equips young people to face everyday challenges and achieve their potential for a better future.

    **** EXCITING NEWS​​​ ****

    • CHEXS has recently won a NATIONALaward from the Children & Young People Now Awards 2021 for their coveted 'Charity of the year' This is amazing recognition for the team who have worked tirelessly over the last year helping and supporting families during the most difficult of times.
    • We have also won a Hertfordshire Inspire award from Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce for their 'Business of the year award'and we were also given a 'highly Commended' for our people development.  

    If you feel we would be able to offer you support please get in contact with us on 07970 498 966 or you can visit our website at WWW.CHEXS.CO.UK or follow us on Facebook @CHEXS

    The HABS Family Support Team provides a high-quality service for children, young people and their families in Wormley, Broxbourne, Turnford, Hoddesdon, Cheshunt and Watford.  We are an organisation that works with school-aged children to address social and health issues that are barriers to learning; we play a significant role in the lives of many young people and their families. 

    We provide support for children and families at risk of breakdown, offering practical and emotional support, helping with a range of issues including bereavement, separation, bullying, domestic abuse, drug or alcohol use, additional educational needs, housing, debt and challenging behaviour.

    If you feel we would be able to offer you or your family support please get in contact with us on 01992303331 (opt 5) or you can visit our website www.habsfamily.co.uk or follow us on Facebook @HABScommunity


    The HABS family support team are pleased to welcome Warren Dell Primary school and Churchfield CE Academy to the partnership. 

    HABS are also now the proud managers of the Hertford, Ware Villages School Partnership.

    Our Core Offer: 

    We offer advice and support to children, young people, and their families on a range of issues and concerns including: 

    Mental health, Emotional Wellbeing, Separation and divorce, Mediation, Bereavement and loss, Young carers, Housing and eviction, Debt management, Domestic abuse, Transition, Benefits advice and support, Confidence and Self esteem, Parenting support and advice 

    We also have an excellent working relationship with local teams, enabling us to signpost to many local activities, support groups, parenting programmes, and information services in our local community.         

    If you feel we would be able to offer you or your family support please get in contact with Hayley or Karen on 07745 374901 / 07545 501825 or you can visit the HABS website with a dedicated section for HWVSP www.habsfamily.co.uk or follow us on Facebook @HABScommunity  

    Herts Mind Network

    The Community Support Service (CSS) is a mental health outreach service run by Herts Mind Network and in partnership with local councils. CSS currently operates in Watford, Three Rivers, Hertsmere and Broxbourne.

    The service is for adults age 18 plus and delivers one to one holistic , practical and emotional support with a range of issues.  These include coping strategies and developing emotional resilience. Support with housing, benefits and debt. Support around drug and alcohol abuse and supporting parents who may be on a child protection, child in need plan or family support plan. Mental health should be the primary need.

    For any referral enquiries please contact css@hertsmindnetwork.org


    Is a user-friendly web-based referral system for local community health and wellbeing services. Organisations can refer/signpost to other providers via the up-to-date library of local services. All referrals are encrypted, consent driven and referrers can 'track' any referral they make. Currently, Frontline covers both East Herts and Broxbourne.

    Citizens Advice East Herts - Service Update

    Information about changes to the Citizens Advice Help to Claim service in Broxbourne

    There has been an update about upcoming changes to the way people can access our Help to Claim service to get help applying for Universal Credit. You may already be aware that the DWP announced the recommissioning of the current service last year. Citizens Advice has been successful in securing this funding for 1 year starting from 1 April 2022.You can find out more about this on the DWP’s website at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/funding-boost-to-citizens-advice-to-deliver-help-to-claim-universal-credit-support

    Access to Universal Credit advice in Broxbourne.

    Citizens Advice delivers the current Help to Claim service which will run until 31 March 2022. The new service will start on 1 April so there will be no gap in support for the people who come to us for help. The service will continue to provide tailored support for people making a Universal Credit claim, up to their first successful payment. However, the DWP has provided funding for a digital service only, meaning telephone, webchat and video. There is no funding for face to face provision provided through this grant.

    In Broxbourne, this will see changes to our service from now, and after the new service starts. There will be a reduction in the number of Citizens Advice offices delivering Help to Claim and we won’t be funded to deliver face to face Help to Claim appointments. Citizens Advice Broxbourne will not be delivering the Help to Claim service.  However, we’ll always make sure clients know where they can go to get help and we’ll be signposting people to ways they can access advice about Universal Credit through Citizens Advice, as given below:

    People can continue to access our help by:

    We’ll continue to keep you updated about our service and how clients can continue to access Universal Credit advice. If you have any questions please email me at bromyard.m@citizensadvicebroxbourne.org

    CVS for Broxbourne & East Herts latest e-bulletin can be viewed here

    Hertford Wellbeing Hub

    The Hertford Wellbeing Hub is a new community use building in the heart of the Sele Farm Estate. 

    We have developed a physical activity programme from the Hub but would love to add some new and different sessions in the new year. 

    Find out more by downloading the hub leaflet.


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