Youth Services

Young people can be susceptible to a number of issues and pressures in their lives, and Direction recognises that it is vital that services are within their reach.

Direction for Bedfordshire is a tool that can be accessed and utilised by younger service users through our website, email service and Facebook page.

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Aquarius

Aquarius

0330 008 3925
ypbedfordshire@aquarius.org.uk

Aquarius is a young people's drug and alcohol support service covering Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire, working with ages 5-19. Referrals can be taken for young people facing Substance Abuse or Exploitation, and for young people who are affected by a parent or carers' alcohol or drug use. Assessments are made to understand the young persons wider needs in order to provide the most effective care.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford, Central Beds

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Att10tive Social Enterprise

Att10tive Social Enterprise

01582 574998
att10tive@gmail.com

Our mission is to build cohesion and encourage communities to work in harmony. Through our activities, we encourage people to show tolerance respect and empathy to others particularly people who come from different cultures, ethnicities, religions and areas. We achieve these aims by providing non-formal education and training for young people and professionals who work with young people to fill a gap.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford, Central Beds, Luton

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Bedford Open Door

Bedford Open Door

01234 360388 / 07922105200
counselling@bedfordopendoor.org.uk

Bedford Open Door is a charity providing FREE and confidential counselling to young people. Counselling is provided by a team of fully trained, experienced and friendly volunteer counsellors.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford

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BigDeal

BigDeal

0808 8020 133

BigDeal is a place for young people to find information and support related to gambling, either for themselves or someone they care about. The first step towards life without gambling problems is understanding the issue and asking for help. We are here for you, so you will not be alone whatever you are dealing with. If you’d rather chat to an advisor online, you can contact us via our NetLine service. The NetLine provides confidential advice, information and emotional support throughout Great Britain to anyone experiencing problems with gambling. The NetLine is an online text ‘chat’ service, where you can talk to an adviser by typing, and they will type back. You can access the service via a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop PC. As well as reading what the adviser types, the adviser can also send you documents and links to read later. The NetLine services are open from 8am to midnight.

Areas of Operation:
National

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Chums

Chums

01525 863924
info@chumscharity.org

CHUMS currently delivers nine services across Luton & Bedfordshire, although not all are available in both areas. Supporting children and young people is at the heart of everything we do, and we are passionate about supporting as many children and young people as we can. We recognise that one size does not fit all which is one of the reasons why we have developed our unique service model.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford, Central Beds, Luton

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Grove Corner Youth & Community Centre

Grove Corner Youth & Community Centre

01582 513000
info@dunstable.gov.uk

Located in the town centre of Dunstable, Grove Corner is a dedicated Young People's Centre for ages 10 to 18. Open four days a week, this is a centre offering drop-ins and activities throughout the year. This is a great place for young people to interact and make connections. Check out the Grove Corner Facebook page to see all the latest updates: HTTPS://WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/GROVECORNERDUNSTABLE

Areas of Operation:
Central Beds

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Kooth

Kooth

A new online counselling and emotional well-being service for children and young people aged 11-19 living in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes has been commissioned by the local NHS and Local Authorities. Kooth.com is a website children and young people can use to get advice, support and guidance for any problem, no matter how big or small. They can chat online to professional counsellors, read articles written by young people, join forums to receive peer-to-peer support, access self-help materials and keep a daily journal.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford, Central Beds, Luton

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Luton Town Football Club Community Trust

Luton Town Football Club Community Trust

01582 561 622

Our work is driven by three key objectives: to inspire and motivate young people and their families to be physically active and to lead healthy lifestyles; to provide opportunities for young people to play football whatever their ability or background; and to work with our local community, particularly those that are disadvantaged, to help raise aspirations and improve life chances.

Areas of Operation:
Luton

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Nacoa

Nacoa

0800 358 3456
helpline@nacoa.org.uk

Nacoa (The National Association for Children of Alcoholics) is a registered charity (No. 1009143), founded in 1990 to address the needs of children growing up in families where one or both parents suffer from alcoholism or a similar addictive problem. This includes children of all ages, many of whose problems only become apparent in adulthood.

Areas of Operation:
National

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P2R

01234 352220

P2R is a one stop service which provides advice, treatment and support to people whose lives are affected by drug or alcohol use. We provide an integrated service with a range of expertise available in one place.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford, Central Beds

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Papyrus/HOPELineUK

Papyrus/HOPELineUK

0800 068 41 41
pat@papyrus-uk.org

HOPELINEUK is a specialist telephone service staffed by trained professionals who give non-judgemental support, practical advice and information to children, teenagers and young people up to the age of 35 who are worried about how they are feeling or anyone who is concerned about a young person.

Areas of Operation:
National

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ResoLUTiONs

ResoLUTiONs

0800 054 6603
resolutions.info@cgl.org.uk

ResoLUTiONs is a free and confidential drug and alcohol service for adults, young people and families in Luton. Anybody can be affected by drug and/or alcohol use, regardless of their ethnicity, religion, beliefs, class, age, sexuality, disability or lifestyle.

Areas of Operation:
Luton

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Runaway Helpline

Runaway Helpline

116 000
116000@runawayhelpline.org.uk

Runaway Helpline is here if you are thinking about running away, if you have already run away, or if you have been away and come back. You can also contact us if you are worried that someone else is going to run away or if they are being treated badly or abused. Runaway Helpline has been supporting young people for many years and is run by the UK charity Missing People. Our staff and volunteers are trained professionals who want to help you through anything you are finding tough.

Areas of Operation:
National

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Sorted

Sorted offers a FREE and CONFIDENTIAL counselling service for young people aged between 10 and 25 years.

Areas of Operation:
Central Beds

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St Giles Trust

St Giles Trust

020 7708 8000
info@stgilestrust.org.uk

St Giles Trust is a charity helping people facing severe disadvantage to find jobs, homes and the right support they need. We help them to become positive contributors to local communities and wider society. We passionately believe everybody is capable of changing their lives. Our mission is to help our clients achieve this through offering support from someone who has been there. Our peer-led services form the backbone of our work.

Areas of Operation:
National

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The Lucy Faithfull Foundation

The Lucy Faithfull Foundation

0808 1000 900
referrals@lucyfaithfull.org.uk

The Lucy Faithfull Foundation is the only UK-wide charity dedicated solely to tackling child sexual abuse. Every day, children and young people across the UK suffer sexual abuse, most commonly at the hands of someone they know. Latest research suggests at least one in six children aged 11-17 become victims. We work to prevent abuse from happening in the first place - and to prevent it from happening again if it already has. Where abuse has already taken place, we work with all those affected including adult male and female abusers; young people with harmful sexual behaviour; children with concerning sexual behaviours; victims of abuse and other family members. But we also work in families and with adults and young people where there has been no abuse, to help them keep themselves and others as safe as possible.

Areas of Operation:
National

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The Mix

The Mix

0808 808 4994

The Mix is a UK based charity that provides free, confidential support for young people under 25 via online, social and mobile. We’ll connect you to experts and your peers who’ll give you the support and tools you need to take on any challenge you’re facing – for everything from homelessness to finding a job, from money to mental health, from break-ups to drugs.

Areas of Operation:
National

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The Ollie Foundation

The Ollie Foundation

07715 311891
contactus@theolliefoundation.org

OLLIE is a charity dedicated to delivering suicide awareness, intervention and prevention training by empowering professionals and young adults in their own communities to lead suicide prevention activities. It is widely accepted in society that with appropriate support and education, suicide can be prevented.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford, Central Beds, Luton

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The Prince’s Trust

The Prince’s Trust

0800 842 842

We believe that every young person should have the chance to embrace exciting opportunities. So, we help 11 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed or struggling at school to transform their lives. Many of the young people we help are in, or leaving, care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health issues, or have been in trouble with the law. Our free programmes give young people the practical and financial support they need to stabilise their lives. We help them develop key skills while boosting their confidence and motivation so they can continue to dream big.

Areas of Operation:
National

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Tokko

Tokko

01582 544990
info@tokko.co.uk

TOKKO is a youth charity that is inclusive, welcoming all young people in Luton and the surrounding area primarily between 13 and 19 (up to 24 with a disability); providing informal learning activities and supporting bespoke programs for young people to improve their life chances across various funded projects.

Areas of Operation:
Central Beds, Luton

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