Sometimes its difficult to talk to someone close to you or to know where to get the advice and support that you need. Sometimes you just need information and advice! Speak UP will give you someone independent to talk to; offering support to help you find a solution to deal with any questions, worries or problems that you may have.

Find your local Youth Access Point (YAP)

UP in Poole is now UP in BCP. Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Local Authorities have merged and you can now access all services for young people, wherever you live in the BCP area, using this site. If what you are looking for isn’t listed, get in touch and we will add it to the site and get you the information that you need.

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Find my nearest Youth Centre

You can access any of these centres, wherever you are.

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NHS Chat Health

Confidential help and advice.

It’s safe and easy for you to speak to a qualified health professional. Just send a message, you don’t have to give your name.
Discreet and quick. It only takes one message to start making a difference. You’ll get confidential advice from trained health staff in your area.

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Little Lullaby

Little Lullaby is an online support community for young parents and parents-to-be.
Chat, tell your story and share advice with other young mums and dads through pregnancy, birth and beyond.

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Switchboard LGBT+ helpline

We’re here to help you with whatever you want to talk about. Nothing is off limits, and we understand how anxious you might feel before you pick up the phone.

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Think u know

Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline.

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Alateen

Alateen is for teenage relatives and friends of alcoholics. Alateen is part of Al-Anon.

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Connection – a 24/7 mental health helpline

Connection is a round-the-clock helpline for people of all ages, anywhere in Dorset, who are experiencing mental health problems and need support.

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T Levels – The next level qualification

T Levels are an alternative to A levels, apprenticeships and other 16 to 19 courses. Equivalent to 3 A levels, a T Level focuses on vocational skills and can help students into skilled employment, higher study or apprenticeships.

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Wired

WIRED is youth service providing intervention, education and training in supporting young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing.

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The Quay Foyer

Providing accommodation, personal support and access to training and employment opportunities for young people aged 16-30.

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BPAS – British Pregnancy Advisory Services

The UK’s leading abortion care service. We campaign for women’s reproductive choices.

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St Mungo’s

St Mungo’s outreach teams go out each night to meet people who are homeless and to help them off the streets. With 17 outreach teams we are one of the largest providers of outreach services in the country.

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Rockley Education

We offer either a Level 2 Diploma or Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and Outdoors or an Outdoor Activity Instructor Apprenticeships.

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AIM Community

AIMCommunity provides a variety of opportunities for young people to access support and creative learning

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Repect Male DA Advice Line

The Helpline for male victims of domestic abuse.

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The Listening Ear

Is dedicated to providing the best possible counselling to children, young people and families.

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Water Lilly Project

The Water Lily Project is a Christian charity that is passionate about supporting and empowering vulnerable women in Christchurch and surrounding areas and helping them back to independent living.

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NSPCC

The NSPCC is the UK’s leading children’s charity, preventing abuse and helping those affected to recover.

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DadPad

An essential guide for new dads, developed with the NHS.

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CEOP

Are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online?

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Childline

Free and confidential help for young people in the UK.

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Children’s Centres

Children’s Centres are for families with children under five years old.

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Family Lives

We build better family lives together

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The Money Charity

The Money Charity’s vision is that everyone achieves Financial Wellbeing by managing their money well.

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We are with you

Get free, confidential support with alcohol, drugs or mental health from one of our local services or online

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Pan-Dorset Safeguarding Children Partnership

Safeguarding Children in Dorset

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Depaul

Supporting young people facing homelessness to achieve their potential.

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YMCA – Housing & Support

We provide short-term supported housing for men and women from 18 to 65 years and provide 108 beds over four projects. Our focus is on equipping clients with the skills they require to achieve or return to independent living.

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BCHA

We are a not for profit, registered Housing Association that have been supporting the local community including those experiencing homelessness for the past 50 years.

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Relate

We offer a range of services to help you with your couple and family relationships, whether you’re young or old, straight or gay, single or in a relationship.

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Papyrus

PAPYRUS is the UK charity for the prevention of young suicide. We offer help and advice to young people with thoughts of suicide.

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Wave Project Dorset

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Sexual Health Dorset

Sexual Health Dorset is provided by Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust and provides contraceptive and sexual health services across the county.

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Maternity Matters in Dorset

Your guide to maternity options and services in Dorset.

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Dorset Mind Your Head

Dorset Mind Your Head’s mission is to help the children and young people of Dorset live life mentally healthy.

We support parents, carers and teachers too.

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UK Safer Internet Centre

UK Safer Internet Centre is a partnership of three leading charities with a mission to make the internet a better place for children and young people

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BCP Housing Services

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EDAS

EDAS have a variety of projects to support people of all ages who have differing needs in relation to their substance misuse across Dorset.

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Fearless

Use our secure online form to give us any information about crime 100% anonymously.

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SH24

24 hours a day, free, discreet & confidential information and postal STI testing kits

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Young Minds

We’re leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges.

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The SEND Local Offer for BCP Council

The BCP Council SEND Local Offer provides information on services and activities for children and young people living in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

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Action for Children

If you are a child or young person we want to help you get your voice heard. Find out how we can support you…

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Poole YADAS (Young Adults Drug & Alcohol Service)

Are you struggling with smoking cannabis? Drinking too much? Are you using other drugs and need some support to stop or get it all under control?

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Sexwise

We’re here to give you honest advice about contraception, pregnancy and STIs.

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Shout

THE UK’S FIRST FREE 24/7 TEXT SERVICE FOR ANYONE IN CRISIS ANYTIME, ANYWHERE. IT’S A PLACE TO GO IF YOU’RE STRUGGLING TO COPE & NEED IMMEDIATE HELP

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FRANK

Honest information about drugs.

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Bournemouth and Poole College

We are the largest provider of Further Education (FE) and Apprenticeships in the area.

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SWRAC – South West Regional Assessment Centre

Supporting individuals to thrive through real-life and relevant education programmes.

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Internet Matters

Helping parents keep their children safe online.

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Child Exploitation and Online Protection command

Are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online?

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Festival Safe

Whether you’re a first-timer or a hardened veteran, there is something on Festival Safe for everyone.

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KOOTH

A digital mental health and wellbeing company working to provide a welcoming space for digital mental health care, available to all.

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Report online terrorism or extremism

Report online material promoting terrorism or extremism

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Mind Dorset

Dorset Mind is a pioneering local charity supporting local people with mental health challenges. We educate, challenge mental health stigma and inequality.

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Shelter England

Together, we can help people find a safe home.

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DISRESPECT NOBODY

Helping young people understand healthy relationships.

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Space Youth Project

Space Youth Project, a safe space for Dorset’s LGBT+ Youth!

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Brook

Your free and confidential sexual health and wellbeing experts.

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CAMHS Dorset

We assess and treat children and young people up the age of 18 who are suffering significant mental difficulties.

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TURN 2 US

Turn2us is a national charity helping people when times get tough. We provide financial support to help people get back on track.

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The Money Advice Service

Free and impartial money advice, set up by the Government.

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Live Well Dorset

LiveWell Dorset is a free service for adults in Poole, Bournemouth & Dorset who would like to improve their health and wellbeing.

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Entitled to

Leading providers of online benefit calculators – helping people determine what they can claim from the national and local government via our self-serve calculators.

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STARS

Offers one to one support for anyone of any age or gender in Dorset that has experienced any form of sexual violence at any time in their life.

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UCAS

UCAS connects people to University, post Uni studies including teacher training, apprenticeships & internships.

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SENDiass4BCP – SEND Information, Advice and Support Service

Helping you with information, advice, and support about Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

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Poole Housing

Find out about your housing options including private rented accommodation, house shares and social housing.

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Centrepoint

Centrepoint provides housing and support for young people regionally in London, Manchester, Yorkshire and the North East and through partnerships all over the UK.

We aim to give homeless young people a future and we want to end youth homelessness.

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Universal Credit

How to claim Universal Credit: step by step

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The Samaritans

The Samaritans are here, day or night, for anyone who’s struggling to cope, who needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure.

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Poole Teenage Pregnancy Partnership

The Poole Teenage Pregnancy Partnership aims to help young people avoid unplanned pregnancies and to reduce their risks of contracting sexually transmitted infections (STI’s). The Partnership encourages and enables teenage parents to access a broad range of support services, and to engage with education, training and employment to reduce the risk of long term social exclusion.

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REACH Young People’s Service

REACH YP offers a confidential drug and alcohol service for ‘under 24’s’ who live in the county of Dorset.

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