The Local Offer website brings together information about the help and support available for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and their families.
If you are aged 13-25 you can drop in to a Find It Out centre to get advice and information. If you want to talk to someone in confidence you just need to make an appointment. If you have an issue that they can’t help you with, they will try to put you in touch with somebody who can.
As well as advice and information there is free internet access.
|Worthing Find It Out||Opening hours|
|The Place||Monday: 1.30-5pm|
|24 Marine Place||Tuesday: 1.30-5pm|
|BN11 3DN||Thursday: 1.30-5pm|
|01903 210315 or 01903 234116||Friday: 1.30-5pm|
|Lancing Find It Out||Opening hours|
|Lancing Youth Centre||Monday: 1-5pm|
|Penhill Road||Wednesday: 1-5pm|
|01903 763639 or 07761 447976|
There’s lots more information for young people on health, leisure, housing, education, apprenticeships, volunteering plus much more available online at Your Space.
If you’re 11-19 years old you can text your school nurse on 07480 635424 for confidential advice and support. They can help students with all kinds of things like relationships, bullying, mental health, drugs and alcohol, healthy eating, self harm, smoking.
The School Nurses working hours are Monday to Friday from 9am to 4:30pm, including throughout the Summer holidays. Your message will be seen during those hours after which they respond most quickly to messages that need urgent attention and they aim to respond to all messages within 24 hours, Monday to Friday.
Esteem offers young adults aged 14-26 opportunities to develop confidence, build life-skills and improve wellbeing by providing relevant volunteering experience. If you want to gain new skills and experiences, be involved in exciting projects and community events and expand your future job options then contact Esteem: firstname.lastname@example.org, 07490 447333 (The Old School House, Ham Road, Shoreham, BN43 6PA). Take a look at their free drop-in sessions here.
YMCA Youth Counselling is a community based counselling service, able to support young people aged 11-18. Anyone can refer the young person or they can self-refer.
YMCA Dialogue offers face-to-face and online counselling, as well as group work, for young people aged 11 to 18 in West Sussex. Face to face counselling sessions take place in Lancing, Shoreham and Worthing. Our online counselling takes place on YMCA DLG’s online counselling and mental health support platform “e-wellbeing”.
Please contact them via email or call 07739 893707 if you are interested in receiving either face-to-face or online counselling.
An app to hear children and young people's views. If a young person is finding it hard to talk to a social worker or professional, Mind of my Own makes it easy for them to say what they want, when they want. It helps them structure their thoughts and get their views across.
Angling4Education delivers a range of youth interventions designed to engage, inspire, support and educate. Their mission is to use inspiring activities to engage participants and give them opportunities to grow socially and emotionally. In conjunction with WSCC, they offer short breaks for disabled children/young people and their families, giving them the opportunity to try fishing, bushcraft and beachcraft with the guidance of a team of professionals. See their website for more information.