CHEXS is an award-winning charity that works with schools and agencies within Hertfordshire and the surrounding areas. CHEXS offers targeted support to families, children and young people with low confidence and self – esteem attributed to low academic attainment. Although not specifically targeted at deprived households many come from families with entrenched unemployment and/or reliance on benefits, which we have found may lead to low aspiration in children.
CHEXS addresses issues associated with low self-confidence and self-esteem including; challenging behaviour, anger management and poor communication skills to improve future outcomes.
CHEXS provides family support to both parents and children in the home; school or a safe place within the local area. Our focus is on giving every child the opportunity to blossom within their family, school and community. CHEXS work at universal, emerging need and targeted levels, undertaking direct interventions with children, young people and families where appropriate on one to one or group basis.
CHEXS provides children and young people with support outside of the school curriculum via outdoor experiences. Team building and volunteering projects incorporate the use of many natural materials and peer mentoring provides raised confidence and self- esteem. The aim is to increase skills and resilience for the future. Some projects culminate in a residential programme to consolidate learning. Our work enables young people to step outside their comfort zone and be challenged in a safe, supportive learning environment.
Self Esteem Programme
Helping children overcome behavioural and/or emotional problems and raise their aspirations.
Primary-age children work on a creative project in the natural environment, e.g. building willow deer, receive peer/adult mentoring, and benefit the community.
Secondary-age children follow a similar programme, including mentoring younger participants to build accountability and leadership skills.
CHEXS helps parents develop communication and behaviour management strategies to support their children’s learning, and access support to relieve family pressures (e.g. with housing/finances)