Young Person’s Service

Our Young Persons Service (YPS) provides high quality support and housing to young people aged 16 to 25 years in Hertfordshire.

Key questions about moving into our accommodation

Where could I live and what will it cost?

This will depend on where you have a ‘local connection’. This might be the place where you have grown up or somewhere that you have been living for a significant amount of time. The rent varies from project to project and the actual amount you pay will depend on whether you are working or not. However, all young people are required to pay something towards their stay.

What is supported housing?

Supported housing means that you get more from your time living with us than just a room. Our YPS team will meet with you weekly to try and find out what it is that you want to do and will help you to go out and do it! This might be getting a job or going to college but can also be about learning to manage your money or taking care of yourself. The support you receive is designed to prepare you to live independently once you move out of the project.

How long can I stay?

The length of time that you stay on a project will depend on how long you need to prepare for independent living. This can be anything from six to 18 months, which is normally the maximum stay permitted.

What is provided in the room?

Your room will be equipped with a bed, wardrobe, fridge and chest of drawers. At some projects, rooms such as the bathroom and kitchen are shared whilst at others you may have a bathroom and kitchen area as part of your own accommodation.

What is expected of me?

If you come to live at one of our projects, you will be expected to meet with one of the YPS team to discuss the things you would like to achieve during your stay.

All young people living at a YPS schemes are required to take part in a programme of accredited learning through the AQA examination board. This means that during your stay you will have the chance to earn certificates detailing your achievements whilst living with us. We call these AQAs. These are recognised qualifications that can help you to get a job or go to college. They’re also used to determine when you are ready to move on.

Are there any rules and what happens if I break them?

Because of the type of accommodation we offer, there are rules that we ask you to keep. These may be slightly different at each project but will include things like keeping noise to a minimum, helping to keep the project clean and making sure that you play your part in keeping everybody safe. If you break the rules you’ll be given warnings and if you carry on breaking them, you could lose your accommodation.

Who else will I live with?

Other young people aged 16 to 25 in housing need. Our projects can only offer a certain level of support so may not be suitable for young people with particularly complex personal problems.

What happens when it is time for me to move on?

If you have attended regular support plan meetings, completed a required amount of AQAs, participated in education, training or employment, have no rent arrears and are able to demonstrate that you are ready to live independently; you may be referred to a local authority or a social or private landlord for your own accommodation.

Our YPS schemes

Young Person's Services - Berkhamsted

The Swan Foyer
Located in Berkhamsted High Street, The Swan Foyer occupies a former coaching inn dating from the 16th century. It provides accommodation and support for 18 young people, aged 16-25 years.

High Street
The High Street comprises of ten rooms, with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities.

Chesham Road
Chesham Road has eight en-suite rooms with shared kitchens.

The accommodation is for young people who are closer to moving on to fully independent living. After starting their time at The Swan Foyer, many young people will move from High Street to Chesham Road.

Additional information
All schemes are situated on Berkhamstead High Street, with good travel links.

Contact us
If you’d like to find out more about our YPS schemes in Berkhamstead, please contact the team on swan.foyer@chg.org.uk

Download our leaflet about YPS schemes in Berkhamstead (PDF 806KB)

Young Person's Services - Borehamwood

Hertsmere LOTS (living over the shops)
Hertsmere LOTS is a different type of young person’s project. Young people aged 16-25 years are provided accommodation throughout Borehamwood, with a floating support team based at our Rose Court YPS scheme in East Herts.

Our floating support workers will meet with young people at their homes or in the community.

Four of the flats are for single parents and their babies, while the remaining flats offer two-bedroom shared accommodation.

Additional information

Hertsmere LOTS are a collection of flats throughout Borehamwood, with their floating support team based in Rose Court.

All Hertsmere LOTS properties are located above a parade of shops and are close to Borehamwood High Street.

Contact us
If you’d like to find out more about our YPS schemes in Borehamwood please contact the team on hertsmerelots@chg.org.uk

Download our leaflet about YPS schemes in Borehamwood(PDF 806KB)

Young Person's Services - Broxbourne

Britannia Foyer
Britannia Foyer is a modern building providing accommodation and support for 20 young people, aged 16-25 years.

The scheme is for single young people and single parents.

Each flat is shared by two residents who have their own bathroom, with shared kitchen facilities.

Britannia Foyer is close to Waltham Cross town centre.

Osborne House
Osborne House has five rooms for young single people, who require a lower level of support.

Additional information
Both schemes have communal lounge areas.

Britannia Foyer has a project team available 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

Contact us
If you’d like to find out more about our YPS schemes in Broxbourne, please contact the team on britannia@chg.org.uk

Download our leaflet about YPS schemes in Broxbourne (PDF 806KB)

Young Person's Services - East Hertfordshire

Rose Court
Rose Court is a purpose-built scheme providing support and accommodation for 28 young people, including six young parents and their babies.

The scheme offers 14 two-bedroom flats, each with their own video entry system.

Each flat is shared by two residents, who have their own bathroom and shared kitchen facilities.

The scheme also includes a large communal lounge with television, spacious training room and outdoor communal garden.

Additional information
Rose Court is based in Hertford, with excellent training facilities and close to local shops and transport links.

The scheme has a project team available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Contact us
If you’d like to find out more about our YPS schemes in East Hertfordshire, please contact the team on rose.court@chg.org.uk

Download our leaflet about YPS schemes in East Hertfordshire (PDF 805KB)

Young Person's Services - North Hertfordshire

Jubilee House
Jubilee House provides accommodation and support for 15 young people, aged 16-25 years.

The scheme offers six small flats, with shared kitchens and bathrooms. It also has a large communal lounge and outdoor garden space.

Sun Street
Sun Street comprises of two self-contained flats and four single rooms, with shared kitchens and bathrooms.

The scheme is a very short walk to Baldock High Street and is mainly offered to single parents and their babies.

Additional information
Jubilee House is based in Hitchin and Sun Street is based in Baldock.

Both schemes are close to local shops, with good transport links.

Contact us
If you’d like to find out more about our YPS schemes in North Hertfordshire, please contact the team on northherts@chg.org.uk

Download our leaflet about YPS schemes in East Hertfordshire (PDF 804 KB)

Young Person's Services - South Oxhey

Furze Field House
Furze Field House is a modern building, providing accommodation and support for 12 young people, aged 16-25 years.

The accommodation is split over two floors, with each flat containing its own kitchen areas and bathroom.

There is a good size communal lounge and a large garden area for all residents to enjoy.

Additional information
Furze Field House is located close to Watford in the heart of South Oxhey, with excellent transport links.

Contact us
If you’d like to find out more about our YPS schemes in South Oxhey, please contact the team on furzefield@chg.org.uk

Download our leaflet about YPS schemes in South Oxhey (PDF 802 KB)

Young Person's Services - St Albans

High Oaks
High Oaks provides accommodation and support for eight looked-after young  people, aged 16-17 years.

All residents are looked-after by Hertfordshire Children’s Service until their 18th birthday, when they will need to move on from High Oaks.

Artisan Crescent
Artisan Crescent houses eight young people, aged 16-25 years.

Six flats are for single people, with two flats suitable for young single parents and their babies.

Additional information
High Oaks and Artisan Crescent are located close to St Albans town centre, with excellent transport links to London.

Both schemes are fully furnished, with a project team available 24-hours a day, seven days a week at High Oaks.

They are both located close to local shops, with good transport links.

Contact us
If you’d like to find out more about our YPS schemes in St Albans, please contact the team on ypsstalbans@chg.org.uk

Download our leaflet about YPS schemes in St Albans (PDF 806 KB)

Young Person's Services - Stevenage

Hutton House
Hutton House is a 14-bed scheme offering support and accommodation, mainly for young people aged 16-17 years.

The scheme is located near the Oval shopping parade.

Ripon Road
Ripon Road offers support and accommodation for 12 young people, aged 18-24 years.

Broadwater Crescent
Broadwater Crescent usually accommodates 11 young people from Hutton House or Ripon Road, who feel they’re ready to take the final steps towards living independently.

The scheme is located near Shephalbury Park and above the local parade of shops.

Additional information
All schemes have shared bathroom and kitchen facilities and Hutton House has 24-hour, seven day a week support available.

All schemes are located close to local shops, with good transport links.

Contact us
If you’d like to find out more about our YPS schemes in Stevenage, please contact the team on stevenage@chg.org.uk

Download our leaflet about YPS schemes in Stevenage  ( PDF 805 KB)