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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4YP

4YP

07780 448 599
wendymillgate@4ypuk.com

4YP offer impartial, careers information and guidance, intensive support and mentoring, youth work and training services.

Areas of Operation:
Central Beds

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Aquarius

Aquarius

0330 008 3925
ypbedfordshire@aquarius.org.uk

Aquarius is a service for anyone under the age of 18 in Bedfordshire, who is affected by substance misuse. This includes those who are taking drugs or drinking alcohol themselves, or if they are affected by family members who have problems with alcohol or drug use. Many of the children and young people we work with are also facing other challenges, such as school exclusion, homelessness, mental health, unemployment, or experience of the care system. We’re here to provide the support you need.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford, Central Beds, Luton

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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 in Bedford and the surrounding areas. Counselling is provided by a team of fully trained, experienced and friendly volunteer counsellors. There is an appointment system and also some drop in sessions.

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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Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)

Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)

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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Directional CIC

Founded in October 2013 by director Jermaine Hall, Directional CIC has continued to grow and expand the services we offer. From generic sports sessions, to 1-1 mentoring programmes and group motivational projects, we always aim to provide positive role models who young people can relate to. All of our staff members have grown up in Luton, so we understand the challenges young people may be facing. This helps us to engae with them better and relate to the difficulties they may be having. We use this to create good working relationships and inspire young people to be the best they can be.

Areas of Operation:
Central Beds, Luton

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Dynamic Decisions

Dynamic Dimensions is a knife crime intervention programme and they support anyone who is involved in knife crime.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford, Central Beds, Luton

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GreenHouse Mentoring

GreenHouse Mentoring

01582 528213
ghm@stopsley.net

GreenHouse mentors are unpaid volunteers who come from a wide variety of backgrounds, with a whole host of experience. We have many matched mentors, mentoring young people who are facing significant challenges in their lives.

Areas of Operation:
Luton

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Grove Corner Youth & Community Centre

Grove Corner Youth & Community Centre

01582 891434

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: www.facebook.com/grovecornerdunstable

Areas of Operation:
Central Beds

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Hear2Listen

Hear2Listen

01767 319505

Hear2Listen is a regional, non-profit organisation providing a range of professional services designed to increase the emotional wellbeing of young people, supporting them in overcoming barriers that prevent living healthy and fulfilling lives. Since 2012, we have worked with over 4,000 young people across Bedfordshire and have recently started delivering services in Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford, Central Beds, Luton

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Jamrock Media

Jamrock Media

01582 510899
info@jamrockmedia.org.uk

Jamrock Media was founded in 2009 as a social enterprise with a focus on empowering and motivating disadvantaged young people and BAME communities through creative entrepreneurship programmes. We are a youth engagement platform providing training and creative experiences to young people across Herts, Beds & Bucks.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford, Central Beds, Luton

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Kooth

Kooth

Kooth is a transformational digital mental health support service. It gives children and young people easy access to an online community of peers and a team of experienced counsellors. Access is free of the typical barriers to support: no waiting lists, no thresholds, no cost and complete anonymity. Launched in 2004, more than 1,500 children and young people across the country login to Kooth every day. 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. Login on the Kooth website to find out more.

Areas of Operation:
National

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Luton Town Football Club Community Trust

Luton Town Football Club Community Trust

01582 561 622
Community@lutontown.co.uk

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) was 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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National Citizen Service

National Citizen Service

0800 197 8010

NCS is a youth programme that runs across England and Northern Ireland. We exist to engage, unite and empower young people, building your confidence so you can go out there and achieve your dreams, no matter where you’re from or what your background is. If you are 16-17 years, you can sign up to a 3-4 week residential programme that involves adventures and learning life skills that you can then take back home to work on a project in your local community.

Areas of Operation:
National

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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

PAPYRUS is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. We provide confidential support and advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide, and anyone worried about a young person through our helpline, HOPELINEUK. This includes anyone under the age of 35 experiencing thoughts of suicide, or anyone concerned about a young person who may be thinking about suicide.

Areas of Operation:
National

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ResoLUTiONs

ResoLUTiONs

0800 054 6603 / 01582 965 123
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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SSG Services

SSG Services

01234 340782
info@ssgservices.co.uk

SSG offer two core services: Training and Activities. They provide corporate and professional training as well as offering a range of vocational qualifications. Their four main activity brands Fish 2 Water, Kidzsize, Active Adventure & Battlefield Live provide year round activities.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford, Central Beds, Luton

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The HOPE Programme

The HOPE Programme

0300 365 1045

The Hope Programme offers a telephone support line, information, counselling and coaching to people over 10 years of age in Bedfordshire who have suffered rape and sexual violence at any point in their lives.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford, Central Beds, Luton

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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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Violence and Exploitation Reduction Unit

Violence and Exploitation Reduction Unit

veru@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk

The Violence and Exploitation Reduction Unit (VERU) has been developed to tackle the root causes of knife crime and other serious youth violence in Bedfordshire; this has been funded by the Home Office. The Youth Intervention Specialist (YIS) Team specialises in youth interventions, and is an innovative partnership initiative between the VERU, specialist providers of emotional counselling and practical support, and Bedfordshire Police. It has been designed to help and support the community, children and young people involved in and/or at risk of child criminal exploitation. The team comes with a wealth of both lived and professional experiences, ready to support and work with victims, witnesses and those involved in criminal activities - to include our specialist area around gang associations.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford, Central Beds, Luton

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Wicketz Luton

Wicketz is a cricket programme for young people aged 8-19, living in deprived communities. By establishing sustainable community cricket hubs, we provide year-round weekly cricket sessions with a focus on breaking down barriers, developing crucial life skills, creating stronger communities and enabling brighter futures for those taking part.

Areas of Operation:
Luton

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Youthscape

Youthscape

01582 877220
hello@youthscape.co.uk

Our local team are dedicated to serving the emotional, social and spiritual development of all young people in our schools, churches and local community.

Areas of Operation:
Luton

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