YC Hertfordshire finalists in prestigious youth work award

Published: 06 Sep 2018

YC Hertfordshire has been named as a finalist in the prestigious Children and Young People Now Awards, for its work with Who Not What – a group dedicated to giving a voice to young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning communities in Hertfordshire.

YC Hertfordshire, part of Hertfordshire County Council’s Services for Young People, helped to form the Who Not What group in 2014 which, for the last four years, has helped to inform and shape services for LGBTQ young people.

The service is one of nine nominees in the awards’ youth work category and the awards will be presented at a ceremony on 21st November in London.

The group of young people looks at services and education available throughout Hertfordshire and conducts regular consultations to hear the views and opinions of young LGBTQ people aged 11–25 who live, work or are educated in the county. It also works to raise awareness of issues that young LGBTQ face and the services available to support them.

The group meets every month with the support of youth workers and consults with young people in schools, youth groups and community groups on a wide range of LGBTQ issues. The feedback they receive is used to inform service development across the county and ensure that LGBTQ young people get the support they need.

The group continues to grow and continues to recruit new members to ensure that they represent as many young people as possible.

Teresa Heritage, Cabinet Member Children, Young People and Families, Hertfordshire County Council, said: “I’m delighted that the Who Not What group have been recognised for their efforts in seeking equality and raising awareness on LGBTQ issues in Hertfordshire.

“YC Hertfordshire provide a variety of services for young people living in the county. It’s great to see their work with this group has been given a platform to highlight how we and our partners in education and health services can best support young people who identify as LGBTQ in our local communities.”

Visit www.ychertfordshire.org or  www.youngprideinherts.org for more information.