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hvoss (Herefordshire Voluntary Organisations Support Service)

Working with Young People

Our mission...

Our mission is to create a quality sustainable network of youth and community support services, building the confidence, character and life skills of young people challenging them to be the best they can be. We will do this through collaborative planning, partnership working and provision of training.

What is hvoss offering...

hvoss believes all young people in Herefordshire should be valued and respected for who they are and have access to quality safe opportunities to thrive through learning and fun.

hvoss recognises the lack of open access, early intervention and targeted youth work provision at market town level and has identified the need for such provision. The response has been to offer support to community groups and organisations using mentoring, training and networking to establish the most sustainable youth provision for these young people and the communities in which they live.

As a result of previous work, hvoss has proved it can deliver a comprehensive programme of youth and community development. Working in partnership with HALC, we invite Parish Councils to work with youth@hvoss to ensure that every child and young person should have the greatest possible opportunity to be the best they can. We offer professional support to local communities within the county and through our developed and unique method of informal and formal consultation we can work across the County to identify and establish the most appropriate youth provision to meet the needs, responsibilities and aspirations of young people. Over the past 4 years hvoss has established 7 new groups and has supported the market towns to establish their own youth groups where council provision has ceased. 

Whatever your Parish Youth need is, youth@hvoss can provide a working solution. Please refer to our packages on page 3 of the youth@hvoss brochure 

If you would like further information please contact:

Will Edwards, Youth Development Officer 

T: 01432 343932    E: 


MYLO At Steensbridge

Special Interest Groups...

hvoss recognises the strength as a membership organisation for the voluntary sector, making the most of the combined skills and resources out there in the VCS in Herefordshire. As a membership organisation, hvoss is guided through Special Interest Groups where member organisations come together to share best practices and provides a voice for the sector at local, regional and national levels. For Children & Young People hvoss has established 3 Special Interest Groups:

YIG - Youth Interest Group Youth Practitioners and Youth organisations. This is a sub group of the hvoss Board and meets quarterly or in response to issues raised by member organisations of hvoss. It holds network meetings to gather youth organisations, share current activity and discuss the latest developments in Youth Work and the delivery of local youth services.

CHIG - Children Health & Well Being: with a specific focus on Children & Families.


Download: hvoss 'A Strategic Plan for Youth Work Provision in Herefordshire'