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Broxbourne: Families Learning about Self Harm

The HABS Family Support Team will be running this accredited 10-week FLASH parenting programme (Families learning about self-harm) at Wormley School Community Room, in Broxbourne, starting on the 21st from 7pm-9pm.

The course is for parents, carers and any family member or friend involved in the care and support of a young person aged 11-19 who is self-harming. This course is currently offered free of charge to families within the HABS Partnership, and subsidised for parents outside the Partnership to keep the cost down for all families.

The price to attend the 10-week course is currently only £50 per person - however, there are places available for referred families without the means to pay, so do please contact for more details.

This course is the first to be run in Hoddesdon in Hertfordshire and we are expecting to be full very quickly, so if you are working with or know of a family who would benefit from attending then do please pass on the information.

Who is it for?

A group for parent and carers of young people aged 11-18 years’ old who are exhibiting self-harming behaviour. Any adult involved with the child can attend the group, including step parents, grandparents and childminders. We welcome parents on their own or with their partners. FLASH is delivered by Therapeutic Coaches and Counsellors.

What does the course cover?

FLASH allows parents the opportunity to discuss their concerns with people who understand and learn skills to manage these concerns within the home. It will include:

  •     Exploring what self-harm is and what the risks are

  •  Listening and self-esteem enabling skills

  •  Managing self-harm within the family environment

  •  How self-harm impacts on parenting

  •  Ways to manage under stressful circumstances

  •  Coping strategies for parents and carers

Please download the leaflet for more information

St Albans - Parenting Courses

Please promote these targeted parenting courses to families you are working with in the St Albans area.

Download the full programme here

Supporting Young Parents and Parents to be

YC Hertfordshire provides targeted youth work projects and programmes.  One of the projects we are delivering this term is Plus One, our project for young parents and parents to be.  Please find attached information about this which is for all young parents.

We are keen to ensure our services are accessed by as many young people as possible and welcome referrals for this project; young people can also self-refer.  Please use the following link to refer on-line or download the referral form


Further details on the work of YC Hertfordshire can be found here https://www.ychertfordshire.org/

Details of current programmes:-

  • North Herts and Stevenage and is being delivered from Letchworth Young People’s Centre on Thursdays, 9.30am-12.30pm.  Assistance with transport may be possible.
  • The project runs every Thursday from 11am-2pm located in the Hemel Hempstead’s Young people’s Centre.


North Herts: Exploring the causes of Anxiety in Children and Young People

Exploring causes of anxiety in children and young people and an opportunity to discuss effective management.

This forum is designed to give parent/carers the opportunity to explore and discuss the issues around anxiety in children and young people.


The aim of the session is to help develop a better understanding of feelings and the ways in which we can support children to develop confidence and resilience.


This training will be led by Harri Nicholas (Art Therapist) and Charlotte Wilmer-Barbrook (Dramatherapist) from NESSie CIC


Date: Wednesday 25th March

Time: 7:30pm-9:30pm


Venue: The Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living, Hitchin Road, Letchworth, Hertfordshire SG6 3NA

Room: Garden Room

Cost : £10

TO BOOK A PLACE PLEASE VISIT: www.letchworthcentre.org/classes/

OR PHONE: 01462 678 804

More information can be found here.

Download the poster here


Great Day for all the family at our Easter Egg Hunt at Cedar Park 

Come along and join in the fun we have lots of activities including the Egg Hunt, Bouncy castles and Face painting, Crafts stall, Raffle and lots more.
We look forward to seeing you there 

If you need any information about the day or would like to have a stall at the event please contact CHEXS on admin@chexs.co.uk

Celebrating 100 years of Welwyn Garden City

This year we are celebrating 100 years of Welwyn Garden City and Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council in partnership with GLL/Better Leisure and the Welwyn Garden City Centenary Foundation have organised a Dragon Boat Racing Festival to conclude the centenary festival's Week of Sport.

The event will take place on Sunday 5 July at Stanborough Lakes, and is open to local community groups and businesses racing in teams of up to 11 people, with each boat taking part in at least three races during the day. Each race is timed and after all the heats have taken place, the six fastest boats are entered into a semi-final and then onto a final.

The event will run all day with registration from 9am. Refreshments will be provided to purchase, competitors and spectators are also welcome to bring refreshments if they wish.

The dragon boats, all equipment and qualified helms are provided by the organisers, please note competitors must be 16 years or over.

The cost for a community group to enter a team is £110 and I have attached the entry form which provides further information.

If your organisation is interested in taking part or you have any questions please get in contact with me and I’ll be happy to assist.

More information can be found here

WHBC Sports & Activities

For those working with families and young people we thought it would be useful to share with you some sport projects/activities which have been set up with Welwyn Hatfield BC in partnership with various organisations and will begin in the new year.


Ridgeway Academy School (WGC) - Thursday 7-8pm Starting 9 January (term time) until Easter

Free (ages 11-16 mixed)

Delivered by A-Z Basketball. Develop your skills and technique whilst having fun. No experience required. Spaces are limited – please contact m.johnston@welhat.gov.uk


Ridgeway Academy School (WGC) - Thursday 7-8pm Starting 9 January (term time) until Easter

Free (ages 11-16 mixed)

Delivered by Stevenage Football Foundation. No experience required, turn up and play, develop your skills and techniques and play matches

Girls Kicks Session (football)

Ridgeway Academy (attimore hall) - Fridays 7-8pm 

Free (8 - 19 Girls)

Delivered by Stevenage FF, no experience required, turn up and play, develop your skills and techniques and play matches  

Girls Dance project

United Reform Church (WGC) -

Fridays 6.30 - 7.30 Starting 17th January to 14th February then 28th February to 3rd April

£1 (11-16 Girls)

Delivered by FK Dance academy. Hip hop and street dance. No experience required, just turn up.

Skateboarding Course

Campus West (term 1) Roller city - Term 1 (beginners) staring 9th January - 13th February 4.30-5.30 must book online

£54 for 6 week course (ages 5+ mixed)

Delivered by ABC Skateboarding Term 1 (Beginner skaters) for skaters wanting to learn how to skateboard for the first time or improve quicker. All equipment is provided.
Book online www.abcskateboarding.co.uk
Term 2 – beginners and improvers – more info to follow in new year

Broxbourne: YC Hertfordshire - projects and programmes for young people

View details the projects, programmes and opportunities available to young people through YC Hertfordshire for this Autumn

You can also find information on the Healthy Relationships Programme now open for referrals with delivery starting this month.

Also the Supporting You Emotional Wellbeing Programme is now open for referrals with delivery starting this month.

Also you can find out more about the Supporting You is a 7 week referral programme, aimed at young people aged 11-18yrs who are beginning to show very early signs of distress due to anxiety or low mood but who are not receiving support elsewhere such as CAMHS

Download a copy of the leaflet below:-

Agencies, families or young people can self-refer via the YC Hertfordshire website

Help with energy costs and caring responsibilities from Citizens Advice St Albans

Citizens Advice St Albans District provides advice and support to residents of St Albans and the wider district including Harpenden, Redbourn, Wheathampstead and London Colney. We want to help people who are being significantly disadvantaged by the cost of their energy. You can refer anyone who you think could do with our energy advice. We are keen to help vulnerable consumers who may fit some of the following criteria:

  • Low income
  • Pensionable age
  • Disability
  • Long-term health condition
  • Family with child dependants
  • Unemployed

Our specialist advisers help people get the best deal on their energy, deal with fuel debt, identify eligibility for thermal efficiency measures in the home and other benefits, and to access priority services for vulnerable consumers. You can refer people for one to one advice at our office in St Albans, or we are available to give talks and advice to groups. Topics covered are switching supplier, tariff or payment method, getting financial support and how to be more energy efficient in the home. We can also refer on to other advice areas such as debt and benefits.

For more information, or to refer a service user, please contact energy@castad.org.uk or phone 01727 811118 and leave your contact details for a call back.

In parallel with our Energy projects, we are reaching out to carers of older people. This may be relevant in some of the families that you support. We provide one to one advice on matters such as applying for benefits (attendance allowance, carer’s allowance, blue badges and bus passes), powers of attorney, care home fees, equipment and home care, and household bills and maximising income.

To find out more, please contact carers@castad.org.uk or phone 01727 811118 and leave your contact details for a call back.

For general information about Citizens Advice St Albans and our opening times, see our website www.castad.org.uk . You can also find useful information for supporting service users on the Citizens Advice website at www.citizensadvice.org.uk

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