The Base for Children & Young People

Our specialist service for children and families

A range of creative therapy and support options for children and young people

Our core purpose is to prevent and reduce the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and poor mental health  on children, young people and/ or adults through our holistic services at Future Living Hertford.

Taking the research and data we have gained over the years, we have developed a children’s service, The Base, designed around the specific needs of children.

The Base is open to all, but specialises in working with children and young people who have been affected by domestic abuse.


This dynamic service is actively involved in research to influence policy and practice at a local and national level.


Childrens Paintings in Art Class
Child psychologist

Our vision is a world in which all children’s voices are heard and valued and where all children and young people can access the emotional wellbeing support that they need.

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Talk, Play, Filial Play & Art Therapy

  • A broad range of creative play, art and counselling therapies for children and young people aged 3-17
  • Delivered in our fully equipped children and young people’s hub at Vale House
  • Sessions 45-50 minutes weekly

For more information, or to make a booking, call 01992 537 344, self refer or email us



Drama Therapy

  • Fully funded bespoke group drama therapy for children and young people
  • Can be delivered in house or externally 
  • Sessions from 2 hours 

For more information, or to make a booking, call 01992 537 344, self refer or email us

Sugar Foot Boxing Academy

One of the many exciting new ideas supporting young people to play out anxiety, anger, depression and many other emotions in every day life. 

This boxing therapy model allows children to access physical exercise (boxing) in a safe space with a therapist and coaches on hand to help them through difficult times.

  • Therapeutic boxing club for young people aged 10-14
  • Facilitated by specialist boxing coaches alongside a therapist
  • 1 hour weekly sessions to build confidence and support young people’s mental health
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Young Hearts

Young Hearts

  • A healthy relationships programme for young people in primary and secondary schools
  • Exploring how to build healthy relationships and recognise unhealthy ones
  • 4 x weekly sessions of one hour for each year 6 class or
  • 4 x weekly sessions for two year 6 classes together in the hall

For more information, or to make a booking, call 01992 537 344 or email us

Kids Kit

  • A space for parents and carers to strengthen and develop their skills
  • A 6 weekly 1.5 hour group work programme
  • Delivered at Vale House
    Supporting parents to respond to their children with empathy and boundaries to create a feeling of safety and bolster resilience and wellbeing.
  • 1:1 parenting support also available

For more information, or to make a booking, call 01992 537 344 or email us

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Children’s Voices Campaign

Future Living is campaigning for change for children to have their thoughts, feelings and voices heard, particularly in the judicial arena where contact orders are being decided.

We hope that with your help we will be able to influence and support those decision makers to ensure the quality of child arrangements especially where domestic abuse is involved.

You can help us by signing up to support our campaign and make a difference to children’s lives, breaking the cycle of domestic abuse for the future.

Theory of change for Children & Young People


Neurobiological research confirms that stressful or traumatic experiences early in life can have a profound and destructive impact on the brain. Mental health problems, domestic violence, substance abuse, and homelessness have an overwhelming impact on the child’s stress management system.

Future Livings approach is unique in combining a comprehensive, wrap around range of services utilising a range of s psychotherapeutic intervention for children and young people, resulting in long-term positive outcomes for children and families.