Younger People

  • Youth Advice Centre (YAC)

    The Youth Advice Centre offers advice, support and guidance to young people in Brighton and Hove. Their services include:

    • housing advice for young people (under 26) who are homeless or threatened with homelessness
    • one to one support and advice for 13-25 year olds, including emotional health & wellbeing, sexual health and debt and benefit support
    • family mediation aimed at reducing homelessness through support with relationship breakdown  (mainly for 16-17 year olds, but they can also work with 14-15 year olds and their families)

    There are also a range of other services which operate at the centre. See the website for the most up to date information about the opening hours for each service.

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  • YoungMinds Parents Helpline

    The YoungMinds Parents Helpline is a national service providing free and confidential support to parents and carers who are worried about the emotional problems or behaviour of a child or young person under 25. Trained helpline advisers are able to provide further information, explore concerns, and discuss the types of service available.

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  • YoungMinds

    YoungMinds is a leading charity championing the wellbeing and mental health of young people. As well as campaigning, fundraising and running various projects they also provide a website offering information and advice to young people and children about mental health and emotional wellbeing. They also offer support and information to schools and parents about young people’s mental health and provide a helpline for concerned parents and carers.

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  • Young Persons Clinic – under 25

    Part of the integrated Sexual Health & Contraception (SHAC) service, the Young Persons Clinic is located at SHAC East (The Claude Nicol Centre) and offers a walk-in service with no appointment required. Although young people are free to use the clinic’s daily walk-in and appointment services, the young persons clinic is specifically for those aged under 25.

    Services available include:

    Full sexual health screens for young men and women or self taken swabs/ urine test for chlamydia and gonorrhoea
    Blood tests for HIV, Hepatitis and syphilis
    Hepatitis vaccination A and B for people at risk
    Free treatment for any infection found
    Pregnancy testing
    Full range of contraception including contraceptive pills, Depo-Provera injection, implants and emergency contraception
    Free condoms
    Referral to other services as appropriate

    This is a confidential friendly service for young people. Young people less than 16 years old have the same rights to confidentiality as those over 16 years old.


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  • Young People’s Centre (YPC)

    The Young People’s Centre (YPC) is a safe and social space with a café located in the centre of Brighton where young people aged 13-25 can access free advice, support and counselling, as well as affordable food, activities and free access to computers and the internet.

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  • Young Carers’ Project

    Run by the Carers Centre this project is for children and young people aged 8 – 24 years old who have regular caring responsibilities for family members who have an illness or a disability. They provide support and advice, run activities and groups and work with schools to raise awareness about Young Carers.

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  • YMCA Downslink Group

    This organisation provides support to young people (under 26) who are homeless or having problems in their current housing, including access to supported accommodation, tenancy support, housing advice, relocation support, counselling, courses, and Sussex Nightstop Plus, which provides an alternative to emergency accommodation through local community volunteers.

    Supported Accommodation

    Through their supported accommodation they house 79 young people each night across 6 houses. Each young person is allocated a support worker who will help them to identify targets and to work towards achieving goals that lead to independence.

    Community Projects

    Their work in the local community reaches thousands of young people each year and impacts a number of areas including mental wellbeing, sexual exploitation, young offenders, general advice, housing advice, mentoring and counselling. Click on the links below for more information.

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  • Winston’s Wish – South East

    Winston’s Wish is a charity that supports children who are bereaved.

    The death of a parent or sibling is one of the most fundamental losses a child will ever face. At Winston’s Wish, we believe that bereaved children need support to make sense of death and rebuild their lives – and that is why we exist.

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  • Winston’s Wish – charity for bereaved children

    Funded by Help for Heroes, Winston’s Wish is the leading childhood bereavement charity in the UK. Supporting families after the death of loved ones, the charity has been working with bereaved children since 1992.

    The charity offers the following services:

    • A free National Helpline (08088 020 021). The line is open from Monday to Friday (except bank Holidays) between 9am and 5pm. Calls are free and confidential and are staffed by people with extensive experience of supporting families and children.
    • Online support, including an interactive young people’s section and email support.
    • Specialist publications for children/young people, parents/carers or professionals.
    • Individual, family and group work.
    • A telephone call-back counselling service.
    • Drop in groups.
    • Training and consultancy for professionals.

    We work with parents or carers to help children and young people to understand what happened whilst managing that information and the feelings and behaviours that go with it.

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  • Voice Collective Brighton

    A new support group for young people who hear voices, see visions or have other unusual experiences. Runs fortnightly. For more information, please contact Sara Callarman by phone or email below.

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