The Youth Advice Centre offers advice, support and guidance to young people in Brighton and Hove. YAC workers are able to offer expertise in a wide range of areas. Our aim is to provide young people in the local area with a safe and friendly environment where they can access helpful advice and support.
We are the first place to go for housing advice for anyone under 26 years old who is homeless or threatened with homelessness. We also offer a family support and mediation service and a support and advice service providing sexual health advice and services, emotional and wellbeing support and benefits and money advice.
We offer support and advice to young people who are homeless or threatened with homelessness, which includes looking for accommodation in the private rented sector, negotiating with landlords, offering realistic and up-to-date advice on housing and how to pay for it and referrals to specialist housing schemes.
Support and Advice
The Support and Advice service is a safe space where any young person age 13-25 can talk to a worker one to one and receive support around a wide range of topics including :
Sexual health: Pregnancy testing, chlamydia and gonorrhea screening, access to the C Card (free condom) scheme and relationship support.
Emotional health and wellbeing: Anger management advice, self-esteem support, self-harm, stress and anxiety, bullying support and help accessing mental health support and counselling.
Debt and benefits: Help filling in forms and support to make claims, budgeting and money management advice and help to access specialist benefit support.
The Support and Advice service operates a daily drop in Monday – Friday 3pm-6pm.
Family Support and Mediation
The largest cause of homelessness for young people aged 14-16 is the relationship breakdown at home. Family mediation offer a preventative and supportive service aimed at reducing homelessness primarily among 16 and 17 year olds, although the service is also available to work with younger people aged 14 and 15 and their families .
Young people and family members can self-refer and we also take referrals from schools, local councils, social services and other statutory or voluntary agencies.