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Welcome note from Jenny

Jenny Coles

Welcome to the November edition of CS News and it’s been another busy month.

Last week I attended the Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Conference as we start to participate in the `16 days of action’ on domestic abuse which started 25 November and runs until 10 December. The Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Partnership have launched the J9 initiative and will be encouraging, supporting and training local businesses and services to spot the signs and help victims and survivors of domestic abuse. It’s so important we increase public understanding and you can read more about the J9 appeal and what we will be doing in this edition. Please don’t forget to like and share any posts you see on social media to help us raise awareness.

I’m delighted to say that Owen Mapley has completed his training and is now a White ribbon Ambassador. White Ribbon Ambassadors support and will stand up and speak out against any type of domestic abuse.

I was also privileged to attend the Herts Awards this month. It was touch and go at times whether it would go ahead due to a last-minute structural problem at the Watford Colosseum. However, a very special thank you to Felicity Evans and the virtual school team who found a new venue and organised the catering at such short notice. I’m not sure how they turned it around, but they did, and it was a fantastic event as always and an excellent opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our children and young people in care.

The YC Herts Awards were held during National Youth Work week at the beginning of this month. In total there were 88 young people who were recognised for their outstanding achievements and as I said in my opening remarks for the evening what they have achieved is remarkable. We shouldn’t underestimate the huge challenges that many of these young people have faced and their parents and carers also attending were very proud of them.  Cllr Teresa Heritage gave out the awards.

I must also mention the Annual Governors’ Conference organised by Hertfordshire Governors Association and Herts for Learning that I went along to. This was a really successful event attended by school governors from across the county.

And last but certainly not least, a big heart felt thank you to everyone who contributed to our Christmas Appeal for Care Leavers. The response has been overwhelming, and I know will be so appreciated by our young people, so thank you!

Best wishes



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