Children and Young People
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.
Find It Out Centre
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: email@example.com, 07490 447333 (The Old School House, Ham Road, Shoreham, BN43 6PA). Take a look at their free drop-in sessions here and their general information leaflet detailing what they do, 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.
Reaching Families Face-2-Face West Sussex provides emotional and practical support to parent-carers. The service is delivered by a team of volunteer befrienders who are all parents of children with additional needs. The coordinator initially sets up a home visit and parents are matched with a befriender. Face-2-Face can support parents for up to 6 months - some parents might prefer weekly visits, others to meet less frequently or to keep in touch via text and email.
Contact Reaching Families Face-2-Face Project Coordinator, Rachel, on 07535 386687 or email.
Think Futures - career support for young people. A service for 16-18 year olds not in education, employment and training (NEET), NEET young people with Educational Health and Care Plans up to the age of 25 and between June and September any Year 11 student at risk of becoming NEET. For further information, contact your local area (Worthing). For any other enquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Prince's Trust is offering a FREE course available throughout the year for 16 - 25 year olds that enables you to develop your communication, leadership, teamwork and employability skills through projects in the community. The Prince's Trust Team programme includes a recognised qualification, an action packed week away, work experience, exciting community projects, CV writing, skills for work and a chance to make new friends. Find out more here or call or text TEAM and your name to 07552 446724.
Young Minds offers FREE advice to parents and young people up to age 25, including signposting you to further support, even posting or emailing useful literature. If you are a parent needing help, contact the Parent Helpline on 0808 802 5544.