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Youth Advice Centre (YAC)

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.

Housing 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.

Click here for a housing benefit eligibility calculator

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

This is a preventative and supportive service aimed at reducing and preventing future homelessness amongst 14- 25 year olds.

The biggest cause of homelessness for vulnerable, young people is the breakdown of a key relationship at home. In the majority of cases everyday family disagreements lead to continued arguments which escalate and end in an impasse from which neither side is able, or willing to see a return.

We are able to give families support as well as provide a mediation service, we can arrange for this support to be over the telephone, home visiting, meeting at school or other location with a young person or meeting here in our offices in central Brighton – YAC, 11 St Georges Place, Brighton BN1 4GB.

Referrals can be received from any source including self-referrals from young people/their families or carers/professionals via telephone or referral form. Click here for a referral form.

Please feel free call the mainline number 01273 624432 and ask to speak to Helen Tonks or Mary Carmichael for 14-17 year olds and speak to Emma Brandenburger for 18-25 year olds.

Alternatively you can contact the family support mediators by their e mail:

helen.tonks@ymcadlg.org
mary.carmichael@ymcadlg.org
emma.brandenburger@ymcadlg.org

Other support at YAC
The Youth Employability Service drop in runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-3pm. This provides support for 16-19 year olds who are not in education, employment or training to find the right job, apprenticeship, college course or training opportunity.

TAPA (Teen to Adult Personal Advisor) runs a drop in on Tuesdays from 3pm-5pm, supporting young people aged 14-25 with emotional wellbeing and mental health issues.

Life skills course – YAC runs a laser accredited course around life skills twice a year that can be accessed by anyone aged 16-25.  For further information and referral process please call YAC on 01273 624432.

Contact:

11, St Georges Place
Brighton
BN1 4GB

01273 624432
yacservices@ymcadlg.org

Access:

Drop-in 3pm-6pm Monday to Friday

 

YAC also accepts referrals through the Early help process.