Well-being summer camp welcomes visitors
05 Sep 22
CHILDREN enjoying a summer camp based around the theme of well-being welcomed two extra visitors as part of their packed schedule at the Hailey Hall School in Hoddesdon.
Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) Head of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and New Care Models Natalija Lytrides and Broxbourne Borough and Hertfordshire County Councillor Steve Wortley, met youngsters taking part in the nine-day holiday adventure.
The camp, led by the aptly named Warriors of Well-being and organised by the Broxbourne Mental Health Support Team (MHST), which is part of HPFT, has included mindfulness activities, arts and crafts, a visit from Paradise Wildlife Park in Broxbourne, drama therapy, meditation, baking, football, rounders, team building exercises and treasure trails.
Visits from Watford Football Club and the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, which provided the Forest School, have also taken place.
Natalija said: “This has been a first for the Trust and has been a fabulous success. The children have really enjoyed the activities that we have been able to provide which has included an excellent mix of physical and mental workouts.
“We are so pleased with how engaged the children have been and hopefully they will be looking back on some happy memories of their time here at the camp.”
Councillor Wortley, who is Broxbourne Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Economic Growth, said: “We have heard a lot about the well-being of older people during and after the Covid pandemic but the mental well-being of our young people is also really important and something that I feel really passionate about.
“This has been a fantastic event for all the young people who have been involved and much credit should go to the Broxbourne MHST for organising such a supportive and well thought out event.”
Children were invited to apply to the camp by the MHST which operates across 22 schools and colleges across the district.
MHST works with schools to provide support during term time and during the holidays and is made up of professionals trained in early mental health interventions for children and young people.