Robert Halfon visits YCT

YCT were extremely pleased to host Robert Halfon at their centre, YCT House, on Friday 20th November. Robert, MP for Harlow and recently appointed Cabinet Minister without portfolio chatted with members of staff based in YCT’s centre, Board members and representatives of YCT’s therapeutic staff team. He discussed the charities successes, challenges and future, pledging support in any way he could to enable such an effective organisation to continue supporting the children and young people of Harlow.

YCT, a Harlow based charity which offers counselling and therapeutic support currently covering West Essex, Herts and North London provides one to one and group work support including drama and art therapy, the Forest School programme, exam stress workshops as well as bespoke projects, programmes and training for young people. In addition they offer supervision, consultancy and training for professionals working in the sector. 

Robert congratulated YCT on how many children and young people YCT is now able to help - over 600 being helped every year with the service predicting this year they will deliver over 10,000 hours of therapeutic support. Robert also asked about the impact the support has, and YCT was able to share that 83% of its clients report improved mental health and emotional well-being post support with significant improvements recorded in self-esteem, emotional well-being, resilience and life satisfaction.

With being the first MP to employ the support of apprentices, Robert was especially keen to meet and chat with YCT’s esteemed Business Administration apprentice Georgia. He discussed YCT’s plans for the future recruitment of further apprentices, with the charity wanting to keep young people’s energy, enthusiasm and passion at the centre of their work. 

With Robert also being the one who brought the new Sir Charles Kao University Technical College to Harlow, the work YCT undertakes in the college was of interest. Furthermore, how YCT can link with the Public Health England move to the area and the development of the Enterprise zone, both of which Robert has worked hard to bring to Harlow.

Shortly before leaving, Robert offered a free tour of the House of Commons to the hard working and committed YCT staff and volunteers.

If you would like to visit YCT House or find out more about YCT, please contact them on 01279 414090 or