YC Hertfordshire Youth Work Projects & Young People Recognised at Broxbourne Youth Awards 2019

07 May 2019

The annual Broxbourne Youth Awards, held by Broxbourne Youth Council and supported by YC Hertfordshire and Broxbourne Borough Council, have taken place to celebrate the achievements of outstanding young people in the borough.

13 awards were handed out to young people and those who support them, including young carers, apprentices, youth workers and teachers.

Ethan Wilmott, 18, received the Young Person’s Contribution to Culture award for his music talents. As an attendee of YC Hertfordshire’s projects at Waltham Cross Young People’s Centre, Ethan has spent his time in the centre’s music studio and with the support of experienced Youth Workers he has developed his musicianship and drumming skills, which has helped to secure him a place on a music course at college and pass his Grade 5 drumming exam. 

The Broxbourne Youth Violence Intervention Project was awarded Youth Project of the Year. Designed to tackle emerging crime issues and safeguard some of the Borough’s most vulnerable young people, YC Hertfordshire’s has partnered with Broxbourne Borough Council, Hertfordshire Constabulary, St Giles Trust, local schools and Hertfordshire County Council’s Targeted Youth Support (TYS) Team to deliver this project.

One element has been the Tracks programme which is jointly delivered with the TYS team and is specifically designed for young people at risk of engaging in anti-social and or violent behaviour, gang related activity and at risk of exploitation. The project reveals the realities of what life is really like being in a gang and sessions explore relationships, drugs, alcohol, peer pressure, and how violence can impact on others.

Mark Hughes, YC Hertfordshire Area Team Manager for Broxbourne said: “YC Hertfordshire is proud to have played an instrumental role working with colleagues from partner organisations in the early recognition of the risks to young people in Broxbourne through gang association and we are grateful to all involved in the Broxbourne Youth Strategy Group for their support in moving this project forward.   This is a strong partnership where agencies working together are making a real difference to the lives of young people.”

YC Hertfordshire’s Focus LD 18-25 Project won the Youth Disability Project of the Year, with a group of members forming a football team and one young person, Glenn Miller, 21 taking the lead in coaching and entering the group into various tournaments and friendly games.

Anvan Pham, 17 was shortlisted for the Young Person’s Achievement Award. As a regular attendee of YC Hertfordshire’s Waltham Cross projects, including an Independent Living Skills programme. Anvan has always been a very proactive and engaged young person, despite initial language barriers. 

The event took place at The Spotlight in Hoddesdon and included performances by students from St Mary’s Church of England High School, John Warner School and Haileybury Turnford School. Broxbourne’s Youth Mayors presented the awards.