THE FIESTA Emotional Well-being Project at Cheshunt Young People’s Centre finally returns in person, after having to move online during the pandemic.
The weekly two-hour sessions, run by Services for Young People (SFYP), aim to boost the emotional well-being, confidence and self-esteem of young people aged 13-17, by offering a safe environment and providing support from youth workers.
“It’s a nice group of people and it’s lots of fun,” said George, a young person, who has been attending the project for just over two months, “I love meeting new people and playing Uno.”
Every child at the project has been referred by either a parent, teacher or in some cases, themselves, to gain support around emotional issues such as bullying, abandonment and self-harm.
“I came because it looked like fun, but I stayed because of the youth workers. You can tell they really care about you, which is nice,” said George.
Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) Services for Young People, previously known as Youth Connexions Hertfordshire, is a county council organisation that delivers youth work projects and programmes, information, advice, guidance and other services to young people in the county. As well as running the Fiesta project, Services for Young People also offers other projects, such as The Healthy Relationships project and the Be Yourself, Be Proud LGBT+ project.
“Re-branding to Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) Services for Young People reflects the changes that are going on within the service,” said Ollie, a youth worker at SFYP. “Our projects are more targeted – every session now needs a target, purpose and age range.”
By constantly changing and improving its projects, the service can stay fresh and keep more in line with funding.
“Moving away from old branding, protects us from budget cuts that will happen due to Covid,” said Ollie. “The outcome of our work is qualitative, so it’s always harder to justify – well-being can’t be measured with just a statistic.”
To find out more about HCC Services for Young People, visit https://www.ychservicesforyoungpeople.org.
Featured photo: Cheshunt Young People’s Centre.