Youth service nominated for national award

Youth work development worker Alex Ferguson (far left) and youth worker Jasmin Payne (far right) with members of the WhoNotWhat group

Youth work development worker Alex Ferguson (far left) and youth worker Jasmin Payne (far right) with members of the WhoNotWhat group

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Hertfordshire County Council’s Youth Connexions has been nominated for an award for its work with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBT+) people.

Youth Connexions is one of nine finalists in the Youth Volunteering Award category of the prestigious Children & Young People Now Annual Awards.

Children & Young People Now, the national news magazine for professionals working with children, young people and families, has recognised Youth Connexions’ work with a group for LGBT+ youngsters.

The WhoNotWhat (WnW) group was formed when Youth Connexions was looking to engage more with the young LGBT+ population, aware of the need for support and resources to be more widely available.

Through the use of social media, WhoNotWhat was created. Members are aged 13 to 24 and all live, work or are educated in Hertfordshire.

Membership has grown so fast that plans are now in hand to support both a younger and an older group.

Founded in October 2014, WhoNotWhat (WnW) is the first group of young LGBT+ in Herts to take a strategic role, looking first at the needs of young people and then at how those needs are best met.

The group has undertaken surveys to explore the wishes and needs of young people in the county.

The results of the consultations will be published in the Herts Young People’s Manifesto in October, when the county council and external organisations will be held to account for the suggestions put forward based on the evidence collated.

The award winner will be announced on November 26.