What's our story?
Like all things we began small in 2002. Churches Together in Hitchin (CTH) campaigned, prayed and fundraised to employ our first Schools Worker. In the beginning, we opened with a vision to provided RE lessons, assemblies and lunch groups as an opportunity to be the face of CTH within Hitchin schools. We started with a focus on Hitchin Boys School and began building a solid foundation and reputation for the organisation.
Over the next few years our reputation grew and in late 2006 we received a large anonymous donation. Enter our new Director. With this new momentum, we were able to extend our work into all three Hitchin secondary schools and increased our provision to schools which included mentoring students and delivering 6th form enrichment programmes.
In 2008 we took over the chairing of the Forum and together we had our very first residential - Slum Survivor. A fantastic weekend involving 36 young people from local churches and schools, where we lived in slums, experienced poverty and managed to raise over £3000 for Soul Action.
We pick up speed in the next few years and extend our work into primary schools, working with year 6's to help them navigate the transition to secondary school. We also increase our range of work within secondary schools to include key issues such as self-harm. Our work with the Forum continues and develops with regular town-wide events, summer camps and Time Trek our holiday club for primary school children as well as regular training for youth and children's workers called Fuel.
In April 2015 we welcomed two of our wonderful volunteers onto our staff team. Amanda Maylin as our Office Manager and Donna Wade as our Self-harm worker.
In Sept 2016 we made a few changes to our model and we gained two new staff members. One Schools and Youth Worker (shared with Walworth Road Baptist church) to further our connection and work within the community and a Wellbeing Developmental lead to help us develop our new promote strategy within schools. We now work within and alongside nearly all the schools within Hitchin (Primary and secondary).
And we're just getting started...