Welwyn Hatfield youngsters to benefit during Feel Good Week

PUBLISHED: 10:02 15 February 2017 | UPDATED: 10:49 15 February 2017

Hertfordshire County Council and local CCGs will fund the projects

Hertfordshire County Council and local CCGs will fund the projects

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Welwyn Hatfield's children and young people are set to benefit from a slice of £20k being put towards mental health projects in Hertfordshire.

The pot is being shared between 44 schemes to improve the physical and mental health of youngsters as part of Feel Good Week, which starts on Saturday, February 18.

They will be funded by the county’s two clinical commissioning groups (CCG) and the county council, and were selected by a group of young people from Youth Connexions Hertfordshire.

Among the projects was a Feeling Good Beach Party at Welwyn & Knebworth Children’s Centre on Monday, February 13.

There was a free drop-in play session for families with children aged 6 and under, where youngsters could make their own healthy picnic lunch and play games together with feelings-themed arts and crafts.

At the same time, it ran a sensory rhyme session for younger children at Welwyn Civic Centre, and gave out free books at a workshop to help parents teach their children about difficult feelings.

In addition, Welwyn Garden City’s Sir Frederic Osborn School is using its £500 funding to kit-out a calming space where students can access online counselling services.

Sue Akers, school safeguarding officer and mental health lead, said: “Our Room in Mind will be a lovely space for students to go at break or lunchtime and meet with their mind mentor or go online for support and information.

“This project is part of our whole school approach to emotional wellbeing, as we encourage everyone to talk about mental health so that it becomes less of a stigma.”

Visit http://www.healthyyoungmindsinherts.org.uk/ for more information.

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