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Watford projects

Services for Young People projects for young people in the Watford district

The Services for Young People Watford Team runs a wide range of groupwork projects for young people at our young people’s centres as well as street-based projects across the district.

Young people can also get information, advice and support at the Watford Young People's Centre. Contact the Watford Team to make an appointment before visiting or drop in during the opening hours. Phone or video-call appointments are also available.

For more information about Services for Young People in the Watford district, or to join a project, please:


Parents/carers and professionals who work with young people can refer a young person to a youth work project.

Click on the buttons below for full details of the individual projects for young people in the Watford district.

Fantastic Watford Project for young people aged 13-17 with SEND

The Fantastic Watford Project is designed for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) aged 13-17, including those with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs. The focus is on developing communication and interpersonal skills, confidence and self-esteem and life skills in a safe and supportive environment.

Emotional Wellbeing Project

The Watford Wellbeing Project supports young people to develop their emotional wellbeing and cope with anxiety or low mood. Young people learn strategies for improving resilience and their mental health through activities that build self-esteem and confidence including cooking, art, and sports.

Positive Pathways project for young people at risk of exploitation or crime

Positive Pathways is dedicated to supporting young people at risk of exploitation, crime, antisocial behaviour or exclusion from their community. This project is designed to provide a safe and supportive environment in which these young people can get help with navigating challenges and building positive futures. Through engaging activities, the project equips young people to make informed decisions to prevent exploitation, involvement in criminal activities and exclusion from community resources.

Reach Out project for young people at risk of exploitation or crime

Reach Out is dedicated to supporting young people at risk of exploitation, crime, antisocial behaviour or exclusion from their community. This project is designed to provide a safe and supportive environment in which these young people can get help with navigating challenges and building positive futures. Through engaging activities, the project equips young people to make informed decisions to prevent exploitation, involvement in criminal activities and exclusion from community resources.

Raising Aspirations Project for home educated young people

The Watford Raising Aspirations Project is for young people who are home-schooled (elective home education) or not in formal education. It focuses on building interpersonal and teamwork skills, confidence and resilience. Through interactive workshops and activities, young people can explore topics such as managing their mental and physical wellbeing and setting goals for the future.

Stand Up Holywell Project for young BAME people

The Stand Up Holywell Project is primarily for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic young people with an opportunity to share and discuss issues that affect them, including diversity, inequality, education and criminal justice in a safe and supportive space. We aim to give the young person the skills and knowledge to make informed decisions as they transition into adulthood.

Starburst project for young adults aged 18-25 with SEND

 The Starburst project is targeted at young adults with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) aged 18-25, including those with social and emotional mental health (SEMH) needs. The focus is on developing independent living/life skills.

Watford PACT LGBT+ project for young people facing challenges in their lives

The PACT LGBT+ project is a supportive and inclusive environment where young LGBT+ people can get accurate, impartial information and guidance on a range of issues including sexual orientation, gender identity, and related topics. The project prioritises safety and confidentiality, ensuring young people have a space to express themselves without fear of discrimination. Typically, the project will include strategies around face to face and online bullying, emotional and mental health support to develop skills in self-advocacy, assertiveness, coping mechanisms and self-care.

Watford Project for young people at risk of exploitation or crime

The Watford Project is dedicated to supporting young people at risk of exploitation, crime, antisocial behaviour or exclusion from their community. This project is designed to provide a safe and supportive environment in which these young people can get help with navigating challenges and building positive futures. Through engaging activities, the project equips young people to make informed decisions to prevent exploitation, involvement in criminal activities and exclusion from community resources.

Watford street-based project targeting young people at risk

Street-based youth work has an important role in prevention and education. This project in North Watford focuses on identifying and engaging with young people who may be vulnerable or who may be unaware of what services are available and would benefit from support from a Youth Worker.

This project takes place in Harebreaks area.

Watford Young People’s Centre and Care Leavers Hub

Young people can drop into Watford Young People’s Centre or make an appointment for information, advice and support with issues such as mental health, sexual health (including free condoms and free chlamydia, gonorrhoea and pregnancy testing) relationships, personal safety, benefits and finances, housing and homelessness, drug and alcohol use and can get help with progressing into education, training or finding a job or apprenticeship.

Get full details here: Watford Young People’s Centre


The Care Leavers Hub at Watford Young People’s Centre offers a drop-in session providing one-to-one support, sexual health services, and careers advice. Care leavers can meet with a SfYP Advisers or Youth Workers in a relaxed environment to develop valuable life skills, independence, and confidence. 

Find out about other support for care leavers here: Support for care leavers and separated migrant young people.

Watford Youth Council

Watford Youth Council provides young people with opportunities to have their voices heard. Members design and develop social action projects in their local communities, determining priorities, developing action plans, writing funding bids, and are involved in local decision making. 

Members work closely with the Youth Strategy Partnership Group (YSPG) which is a forum for local service providers, voluntary / charity sector, and other key stakeholders to collaborate strategically and operationally. The groups work with young people to identify need, promote, deliver, and evaluate services for young people in each district, collaborating closely with local youth councils and forums.