Youth Workers win Public Health Awards 2019

04 June 2019

Four Youth Workers from YC Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire County Council’s youth service, have won Excellence in Hertfordshire Public Health Awards for the significant contribution they have made to the health and well-being of young people in the county.

They were congratulated for their dedication by Hertfordshire County Council’s Director of Children’s Service, Jenny Coles, at this week’s Health and Well-being Conference. 

Senior Youth Workers Heather Wallace and Bex Perry both won awards for their work with LGBTQ+ young people (in Dacorum and Watford respectively), delivering projects which provide safe and educational environments for vulnerable young people to explore their identity and discuss the issues which are important to them.

Chaunte Robinson and Sarah Barter won an award for their work on the Better Choices Project, an initiative with Three Rivers Community Safety Partnership, which began in 2018 to support young people at risk of child sexual exploitation. Through one to one sessions with young people, they address issues such as personal safety, online sexual exploitation, healthy lifestyle choices, substance misuse, identity and self-esteem.

The awards recognise the work of individuals, groups and organisations who demonstrate an ongoing commitment, vision and passion in improving the health of the public and make significant and lasting changes in improving the health of Hertfordshire residents.