Youth Connexions secure three years funding from the Big Lottery Fund to develop young LGBT+ services and support

14 July 2016

After initial work by Herts1125 Who not What, the young LGBT+ group supported by Youth Connexions, young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people in Hertfordshire will have the opportunity to develop more services and increase support across the county thanks to support from the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund.

Group Photo

The photograph shows some of the members Herts1125 Who not What celebrating the recognition by the Big Lottery of the value of their work.

The group takes a strategic look at services and support available to young people and this new funding will widen the scope of these initiatives, improving wellbeing and making services easier to access for LGBT young people within the county. The project is in line with Hertfordshire County Council initiatives to promote LGBT inclusion, as one of the 100 best employers in the UK regarding support for LGBT staff.

Youth Connexions previously reached the finals of the Children and Young People Now Awards in 2015 for this work and on Friday 8th July members of Who not What also received the Stonewall Education Award 2016 with Herts for Learning on behalf of Hertfordshire County Council.

Councillor Richard Roberts, Executive Member for Children’s Services, said:

“Congratulations to Youth Connexions and Who not What. The leadership for young people by young people in Hertfordshire just goes from strength to strength.  The LGBT voice is stronger than ever influencing the strategic direction of Health through the Health and Wellbeing strategy, Mental Health, influencing the Children’s Mental Health (CAMHS) review, working with the Police and Crime Commissioner to drive out hate crime and formulating priorities for the Youth Manifesto. Well done Herts1125 Who Not What and everyone else who has made such a difference getting the LGBT voice heard in so many ways and in so many places. A great reward recognising great work.”

Herts1125

Herts1125 is a group of young people who represent the views and opinions of those aged 11–25. Working alongside and supported by Youth Connexions, the group can be joined by any young people between the ages of 11 and 25 who live, work or are educated in the county. More information about Herts1125.