A list of charities and support groups to help young people. Whatever you’re going through, there is always someone who can help.
Beat is the UK’s eating disorder charity. Their website has lots of useful information if yourself or a loved one is suffering. They also offer online support groups and regional support services. There are also helplines available outlined below and one-to-one web chat available on their website.
Beat Adult Helpline (Over 18’s): 0808 801 0677 or email@example.com
Beat Youthline (Under 18’s): 0808 801 0711 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Beat Studentline: 0808 801 0811 or email@example.com
Our Helplines are open 365 days a year from 9am–8pm during the week, and 4pm–8pm on weekends and bank holidays.
Hello! My Name is Jon and I’m a I’m a counsellor and sports psychotherapist based in Acomb, York.
Accessing mental health and emotional support is hard, so if you do get in contact, I will meet you with the support and encouragement to get you through to that first session. By get in touch, you’re already doing great work.
I have experience of working with clients facing anxiety, depression, trauma, loss and grief, relationship and family difficulties, self-harm/suicide ideation and many of the difficult, seemingly impossible moments that a life can throw at us.
I do have my specialisms – I have the added services of sports psychotherapy and Counselling-focussed mentoring for students – but ultimately, I’m a counsellor. People are my passion and focus. Your challenges are unique – you are too! – and the solutions and perspective we create together in response will be equally unique.
Does your child have any degree of deafness? Or are you a deaf parent of a hearing child? Lollipop offer free social activities for children and young people aged 0 – 25 in York and North Yorkshire who have any degree of deafness from mild to profound, or who have parent/s who are deaf.
Lollipop gives members access to a deaf peer group to help build confidence, self esteem and promote a sense of belonging. Activities can involve the whole family or different age groups and provide opportunities for members to socialise and meet and professionals working with children and young people with deafness.
Become a member of Lollipop for free, meet new people with the support of our activity leaders, catch up with your Lollipop friends and join in with fun and varied activities. There are sessions for various age groups and communication support is always available (BSL and/or live captions).
We are open and running in-person group activities including specialist creative workshops, music workshops, bowling, and a monthly group for babies and pre-school age children. Visit our website and follow us on Facebook for the latest information.
Mind Garden York CIC is a York based community interest company with the mission to nurture the mental wellbeing of children and teens in schools and communities across York through group workshops and one-to-one sessions. This support will also extend to families, carers and children’s support networks such as teachers, school staff, youth workers and community leaders and volunteers.
Mental Wellbeing Workshops for Children
Our children’s workshops are based on the I Am Awesome Curriculum developed by My Mental Health Rocks. They are interactive and engaging and aim to empower children to realise their innate wellbeing and resilience and support them to make sense of their emotional experience.
We are planning face-to-face workshops outdoors in nature from September. Please look out for updates on our Facebook page and website.
Currently, there are part or fully funded places available to ensure support is available for anyone who needs it. Get in touch for details.
One-to-one Mentoring Sessions for Children
Alongside our group workshops, we also offer one-to-one wellbeing mentoring sessions for children and teens. Get in touch for further details.
Coaching Conversations for Adults
At Mind Garden York we provide Coaching Conversations for Adults too. An opportunity to take time for yourself, to be heard, supported, and gently guided back to your wellbeing at times when you feel disconnected from it. Part or fully funded places available to ensure support is available for anyone who needs it. Please get in touch to book a conversation.
Welcome to RAISE, a supportive inclusive community for parents of anxious children & teens.
RAISE stands for Resilient, Adaptable, Independent, Self-confident, Empowered which are the qualities we want for our children & teens.
My name is Ruth Tarr, I am a psychotherapist and hypnotherapist working with children and teens suffering from anxiety and providing much needed support for their parents. I have created this safe, non-judgemental, caring community for parents (& carers) of ALL anxious children & teens to offer and share advice, tips, strategies and help.
Supporting an anxious child or teen can feel hard, so reach out and ask for help. YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
Join to connect with, share and learn from other parents so YOU can help your children & teens overcome anxiety and realise how resilient they really are.
York Family Information Service is a free and impartial service for parents and carers who have children aged 0 – 19 years old (or up to 25 years old if the child has additional needs or disabilities). We provide information on anything to do with family life in York including, Ofsted registered childcare, ways to reduce childcare costs, baby, toddler groups and activities, support services, young people and much more. We operate on an ask anything basis, so whatever your question, get in touch and we will try and help you.
Please ring: 01904 554444
Text (only) 07786 202241
York Mind exists in order to promote recovery from mental ill-health, emotional well-being and
Our services include: Advocacy, Counselling, Young Peoples services, an employment programme called Action Towards Inclusion, Training, Self-Help Groups and an activities programme which offers a wide range of activities. Please contact us or see our website for up-to-date info about our services.
We provide free legally based confidential and impartial information, advice and support (IAS) about matters relating to special educational needs and disabilities.
Advice can be provided to children and young people aged 0-25 years with SEND and also to their parents/carers to provide opportunities through carrying out individual casework where required, so that they have impartial information about their legal rights that empowers them to express their views and helps them to understand and apply their rights in matters including exclusions, complaints, SEN processes and SEND Appeals; and make informed choices about their education, health and care outcomes.
SENDIASS is a statutory service, provided in house with the City of York Council and operates at arms-length from the local authority.
Brook provide wellbeing and sexual health support aimed at under 25’s. Their website has lots of useful information about contraception, relationships, staying safe online and much more.
A confidential text messaging service to young people aged 11-18 across North Yorkshire.
By texting the service on 07520 631168 you will be able to receive confidential advice, support and signposting from a wellbeing worker within one working day via text.
Young people can text BUZZ US about any mental health or wellbeing concerns such as low mood, stress, eating problem, self harm, anxiety or self esteem. When you text the service the wellbeing worker will get back to you within one working day.
The service is open Monday – Thursday 9am-5pm and Friday 9am-4.30pm (excluding Bank Holidays).
T: 07520 631168
Club Wilber is a group run by Wilberforce Trust to provide adapted activities, events and trips that are suitable for visually impaired children and their siblings from the ages of 0 to 25 years.
If you would like to join Club Wilber call Sarah.
T: 01904 760037
Community Ties Wigginton Drop-In provides young people in years 8-11 safe access to youth services and support in making positive and healthy lifestyle choices through exciting activities, games, and more.
At the Wigginton Old School, £1 per week
T: 01904 769176
FRANK gives honest information about drugs with information about dealing with peer pressure, what to do in an emergency and what to do if you’re worried about someone. You can contact FRANK through their website using live chat, text, call or email for friendly, confidential advice.
If you’re looking for information about staying safe online, there’s lots of useful information on this website. Find information on protecting yourself and your devices as well as useful information about dealing with social media/networking.
The Island is a well-established charity supporting some of our most disadvantaged, vulnerable
and isolated children and young people to realise their potential through positive mentoring
relationships and activities.
Our vision is to support, guide and positively influence the lives of every single young person in York, regardless of their socio-economic circumstances or life experiences.
The Island, Beverley House, Shipton Road, York, YO30 5FZ
T: 01904 628449
Essential support for ages 13-25. A free, confidential service to help you make informed choices about your wellbeing using articles/videos on their website or you can call, email or live chat them too.
We are a charity in York that supports all unpaid carers in the city from age 5 upwards. An unpaid carer is anyone who helps and supports someone else because of ill health, disability or addiction. We’re here to help carers with one to one help, advice and information, groups and events. For young carers age 5 to 18 who care for a member of their family, we have regular youth groups, we work with schools and provide one to one support sessions. We also help parents who care for a child with disabilities, providing someone to talk to and specialised advice about rights, benefits and other useful information.
Please get in touch on 01904 715 490
Young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people will often be isolated. This fortnightly social group will help with your confidence and you will meet friends who are like you.
The Woodshop Margate Lane, YO30 7BJ
T: 07771 931335
York’s LGBTQ youth group for ages 14-25 run by Yorkshire MESMAC. Please get in contact for exact times and dates! Session run online during COVID.
The Workshop, Marygate Lane, York, YO30 7BJ
T: 07710 099033 (Lilly)