Comments we have received about our services
From Marlborough School, St Albans, February 2021
“Thank you so much for the [Virtual Employability] session today – a huge achievement for everyone and done so professionally. Very well received by students – would be great if we set up another session if possible.”
From a parent in the St Albans district, February 2021
“[My daughter] has told me she found the sessions with you extremely helpful and we have all noticed an improvement in her mood and attitude. Thank you from us for all the work you have done with her. You really have had an impact and made a difference for us as a family.”
From a young person in Hertsmere, February 2021
“Just wanted to say how much our calls in the first lockdown have helped me… every bit of advice you gave me… has given me a way of getting through this lockdown now. Where I cried every day at the start, I’ve only cried once this time which I’m proud of but yeah thank you.”
From a parent in East Herts, January 2021
“I have a very anxious teenage son with ASD and SPD. He was referred to a YCH [Services for Young People] youth worker by the social prescriber for young people in Bishop Stortford. The combination of input from [them both] has been a lifeline to us during the pandemic. Our son has really been supported, and without their continued input and support I think we would be facing much more severe mental health challenges with our son… It is such a valuable resource in preventing escalation of anxiety and helping young people cope.”
From a parent of a young person attending the Hertsmere Pathways to Success Project, December 2020
“Thank you SO MUCH for that meeting… and all your help. It is just so lovely to have someone act as a very knowledgeable advisor and friend to both [my son] and me... and you are totally wonderful. It’s quite difficult as a parent to know that one has exhausted every avenue and thought about everything to help [someone like my son] move on with his life, so it is wonderful to feel we have someone like you to help us.”
From a young person in Hertsmere, December 2020
“[You have] helped by making me feel like I am worth something and shown me other ways of thinking, and I have seen there are positives to life now. I have learnt how to talk to people more.”
From a parent of 15-year-old attending the North Herts Boys and Young Men’s Project, November 2020
“A year ago, my son was a recluse. I’m delighted with his progress. YCH Services for Young People started his transformation. Meeting us at home, making him feel comfortable and attending the [Boys and Young Men’s] group has really helped him build his confidence, self-esteem and independence. By the end of the term he had come out of his shell… he jumps out of bed in the morning - I’m amazed at his transformation, he’s absolutely thriving. He’s feeding snakes, walking goats, and looking after giant cockroaches at college and he loves it. I’m so proud of him”.
Looking after bearded dragons and at the giant cockroach enclosure
This young person subsequently received two offers to study Animal Management at college and became a volunteer for a local animal care service. He also won the North Herts YCH Services for Young People ‘Be Happy’ Award in November 2020 for his outstanding progress in developing personal and social skills over the previous 12 months.
From a young person at Yavne College, Borehamwood, November 2020
“Today I had my one-to-one careers advice meeting. I found it extremely helpful as it provided me with some much-needed clarity as to what I want to study next year. I wanted to thank you and everyone involved in arranging such an amazing opportunity.”
From the parents of a young person attending a Watford Team youth work project, November 2020
"I would just like to say a huge thank you for making our daughter so welcome on Wednesday evening. She had an amazing time and felt so welcome. I wish I had discovered your wonderful programmes earlier... I think what you and your team do is absolutely amazing and as parents we really appreciate it."
From a parent of a young person attending the Hertsmere Better Choices Project, November 2020
“I think you should know how amazing Sarah has been working with my daughter and myself. I am so grateful for all the hard work that she has put in with my daughter and all the support that she has given me… I feel we have been so lucky to have her work with us.”
From an Empathy Project volunteer (aged 19), Stevenage, November 2020
“I just wanted to say a big thank you for everything you’ve done for me over the few years… my confidence has honestly improved so much since I first met you at my interview. I really don’t think I’d be where I am today without you and for this project.”
From a parent of two young women who received YCH Services for Young People Awards, October 2020
"The girls were over the moon when they received their letters this morning! I can not thank you enough for their nominations. I am so proud of them! They have come a long way in the last year, and YCH [Services for Young People] has played a massive part in that. Thank you so much for all the support you have given the girls (and me!) - it’s amazing what young people can achieve when they have people to support and encourage them. I am a very very proud mother!"
From a young person who had worked with a Personal Adviser at Chancellor's School, October 2020
"I’m so thankful that you’re checking up on me! I’m enrolled in chicken shed (one of the colleges you recommended to me) and I’m so glad I came. I think it’s the best stepping stone for where I want to be in the future. I’m very very grateful for your help and I know if I hadn’t spoken to you I’d probably be doing something I wasn’t happy with. I know acting is not a stable or definite career path... but I’m doing what I’m passionate about and if it comes to it I can always try to go to a uni studying something else. Thank you again :)"
From a parent of 16-year-old attending the Stevenage Supporting You Project, Autumn 2020
“I would like to say a sincere thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the support you have offered; it has been helpful and comforting to know that the help is available out there. I wish you and the group you are running all the very best.”
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition, October 2020
Feedback from parents
"My husband and I are very pleased with our daughter's achievements since starting her Bronze DofE Award. Her confidence has grown since volunteering at the New Hope Charity Shop, Watford; from walking to and from the shop independently to working with a very supportive group of older volunteers. We were so impressed with her attitude at the end of each day of the expedition; she never once moaned about the heavy load she carried or the awful weather on the Saturday, when everything got soaked! We are looking forward to her starting the Silver Award with YCH."
“The team did an amazing job of organising a two-day event in a Covid-safe manner; the only thing they couldn’t control was the weather! Thank you so much for all your hard work to make it possible for the young people to finish their Bronze DofE Award. It means so much for my daughter to have achieved something positive this year.”
‘’I was impressed that the team were able to offer an ‘expedition like’ experience to my son’s group in the current climate he was given all the equipment and clear instructions, he really enjoyed the experience especially the cooking.”
Feedback from young people
“Because of DofE, I have met lots of new friends and learned lots of new skills. I really enjoyed the experience and the sessions as everyone was extremely kind and helped us with both physical and mental hardships.”
“DofE was a great experience – we learnt so many new skills and had lots of fun!”
From the Deputy Headteacher of The Reach Free School about careers guidance provided by a YCH Services for Young People Personal Adviser, July 2020
"Thanks so much for all your work in this crazy term... I hope you know how much of a difference you have made for our pupils, I probably don't tell you enough how highly I know they regard you and value your advice. The school is so much stronger thanks to your involvement. Look forward to seeing you around next year."
From a young person who attended the Stevenage LGBT+ Project, December 2019
“…working in the mental health sector as a [support worker] has made me realise how much it takes to care for others, so I’d like to thank you for everything you did for us and me especially. I don’t think I would have ever been able to come out, get a boyfriend, settle down and become a support worker if it wasn’t for that group… so thank you very much.”