Pete Maiden - CHEXS Chief Executive Officer
There is no other organisation that provides the range of services that we do. In 2015/16 we achieved many milestones and extended services, thanks to our supporters, 112 amazing volunteers and 4 committed staff. Our team supported:
1. Children & Young People enrichments
a) Universal Primary & Secondary pupils = 2224
b) Targeted Secondary pupils = 182
2. Parents / Carers Supported = 131
3. Families Supported = 336
4. Adult Learning participants = 319
5. Family Learning participants = 556
6. Community Engagement = Over 4000
7. Volunteers = 112
8. Training for Organisation = 248
This year we have supported 336 families – 169% more than last year. This is mainly due to the expansion of the targeted enrichments into primary schools and the introduction of a new family support service in all schools.
We continue to enhance outcomes by helping to bring together the work of all relevant public and private sectors into a single vision. This vision shows how all parts of society – including councils, schools, charities/volunteer groups & businesses – can work more closely together to help families, children, young people and the local community realise their potential. All of this underpins HCC’s vision and commitment relating to collaboration within the third sector, laid down in the updated Hertfordshire Compact on how all sectors can help to support the HCC key responsibilities “Working Together”
The support CHEXS gives the Families First agenda at a local level is paramount to building upon Hertfordshire’s successful drive to prevent escalation of needs for families and provide the right response, at the right time, by the right service.
The CHEXS working practice is based on providing value for money and a responsive service. CHEXS embraces the Social Values Act and the charity’s mission is to continually raise and promote this methodology to key statutory and private sector organisations. This helps to ensure that limited funding and resources reach out to the wider community allowing the benefits to be accessible by all, especially the vulnerable and disadvantaged.
CHEXS’ historic track record in delivery, linked with core knowledge of local need has been recognised by being awarded the following this year:
1. Broxbourne Youth Awards 2015/6 – Winner Youth Charity of the Year
2. Broxbourne Borough Council nomination for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. (This is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK)
3. High Sheriff Award in recognition of great & valuable services to the community 2016
4. Lee Valley Park Authority winner group Volunteer of the Year award 2015
CHEXS could not be successful without the support of our key local community supporters including:
- B3 Living
- Lee Valley Park Authority
- Sainsbury’s Waltham Point Depot
- Broxbourne Borough Council Community Services (Leisure)
- Aylett’s Nursery
- East Herts and Broxbourne CVS
Without the backing, both financial and in time/expertise, of these organisations and key people within them we would not be able to provide the breadth of projects and experiences that we currently do.
There are many other people and organisations that support CHEXS with their time and expertise and we are continually grateful for all their dedication. Without this support, advice and guidance we would not have been able to provide such a fantastic range of courses and experiences which has helped the families and local communities we serve.