YAC (Youth Advice Centre) – Crawley

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The YAC (Youth Advice Centre) offers information, advice, guidance, counselling, and targeted youth services for young people aged 11-25 from Crawley and surrounding areas. The YAC is based at the Crawley Foyer building in West Green.

Our team is made up of a wide range of professionals, including emotional health workers, counsellors, and youth support workers; all our work is young-person centered and young-person directed. Our aim is to provide young people with a safe, friendly, inclusive, and welcoming environment where they can access helpful support and advice.

We are proud to have been awarded The Allsorts Safer Spaces Award recognizing our work to create a safe and welcoming space for LGBT+ young people.

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YAC Services (September 2021 – March 2022)

 Support & Advice Drop-Ins (11-25)

Young people can drop-in to the YAC to access same-day support and advice sessions with our friendly Support & Advice workers. Young people can access support and advice for a wide range of wellbeing issues including:

  • mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • physical and sexual health
  • employment & education
  • money, welfare and debt
  • substance misuse
  • exploitation
  • gender & sexuality

How to access: Please note that our Support & Advice drop-ins are currently on pause whilst we recruit a new Support & Advice Worker. If you are an existing client, please email us at [email protected] and we’ll do our best to help or signpost you.

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Mind The Gap Emotional Health Support (11-25)

Our Mind The Gap Emotional Health Support service offers up to 6 sessions of tailored directive emotional health support to young people living in Crawley and surrounding areas. As well as helping young people to identify coping and self-help strategies, the support utilizes a social prescribing approach to help the young person identify ongoing support. The support sessions can be delivered flexibly, through either face-to-face sessions at the YAC in Crawley or virtually using Zoom or Phone calls.

The service aims to offer an accessible pathway into support for young people who ‘fall through the gaps’ in other service provision. This may include young people transitioning between services (eg. CAMHS to AMHS), young people who experience barriers to accessing support (eg. Only offered group interventions / not offered face-to-face) or for those who would benefit from support in identifying an ongoing support pathway.

How to access: We encourage anyone who would like to access our Mind The Gap Emotional Health service to speak to a Support & Advice Worker at our weekly drop-in sessions. Alternatively, if you are unable to access drop-in sessions, please email us at: [email protected] and a member of the YAC Team will get in touch.

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YMCA Dialogue Counselling (11-18)

YMCA Dialogue offers face-to-face and online support, as well as groupwork, for young people aged 11 to 18 in West Sussex. The team of BACP accredited counsellors provide counselling, low intensity CBT, systemic family work, art psychotherapy and canine counselling.

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YMCA Dialogue BAME Counselling (11-18)

YMCA Dialogue have a specific service offer for young people aged 11-18, who identify as Black, Asian and/or Minority Ethnic (BAME) and would like to access counselling sessions with a BAME counsellor. A young person can access support if they identify as BAME and:

  • Are experiencing a mild-moderate mental health issue that would benefit from counselling
  • Have experienced racism/discrimination/prejudice
  • Experience mental health difficulties that are in any way impacted/affected by their heritage/culture/ethnicity/self-identity
  • Would like to access specialist BAME work

How to access: Young people can refer in for both Dialogue service offers using the online referral form: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/dialogue/

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LGBTQU+ Haven (11-25)

The LGBTQU+ Haven at YAC offers a safe space for young people (aged 11-25) to access support who identify as LGBTQU+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Unsure, Plus any other LGBT+ identity). LGBTQU+ identifying young people can access:

  • Free, confidential 1:1 information, advice, guidance and support from our Support & Advice service. Young people can speak to a LGBTQ+ identifying member of staff on request.
  • Regular youth groups for 11-15 year-olds and 16-25 year-olds, giving the young people a safe space to meet other LGBTQU+ young people from Crawley and surrounding areas and build confidence through LGBTQU+ affirming activities, in partnership with other local organisations.
  • Access 1:1 counselling or emotional health support in a confidential space.

How to access: Please email [email protected] for further information.

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YMCA WiSE (What is Sexual Exploitation) – Early Intervention Work (11-16)

YMCA WiSE supports young people around staying safe in relationships, online and in the community. We work with young people up to 16 years old in Crawley.

At some point in our lives, everyone will need support with relationships. This is regardless of our gender, sexuality or background.

If you’re a young person who is interested in working with YMCA WiSE, it’s important that you know that you’ve already got skills when it comes to keeping safe. Our job is to help you to build on these strengths.

To do this we work with you and the people in your life, working towards finding the best ways to support you.

Everyone we work with is different: some people want to chat a lot, others not very much. That’s ok, because we are happy to adapt how we work.

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