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Young Devon

Young Devon is the largest young people's charity in the South West.

Our mission is simply to make Devon a better place for all young people. Each year we work with over 2,000 young people, building quality relationships to help them thrive.

Check out our new Coronavirus Resource Hub, for advice and resources during the current pandemic.

Contacts details

Address:Young Devon
10 Erme Road
PL21 0AB
Telephone number: 01752 691511
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Wellbeing

Our counselling services and training are nationally-respected and we have a long history of offering effective early help to many young people.

Our Wellbeing services are offered in our centres, where young people can meet privately with one of our highly skilled team of counsellors. We work closely with schools across Devon and Plymouth, providing counselling for young people and training for staff.

Where young people are looking for help online, we have developed a close working relationship with Kooth, who specialise in online counselling.

Young Devon has been offering help for over 20 years. Our staff are hugely experienced, will listen, help and never judge. With specialist teams, we have the resources that young people need to help them come to terms with the challenges that they face.

We have developed a new COVID-19 Wellbeing Toolkit, to support young people and their loved ones during the Coronavirus pandemic. Our toolkit features wellbeing tips, tricks and techniques for maintaining positive mental health during lockdown and beyond. Please visit our Coronavirus Resource Hub, to download this free wellbeing resource.


Skills

Grow in confidence and learn new skills with Young Devon.

We give young people the chance to thrive, by developing the 'soft' and 'hard' skills that they need.

We offer free training for young people, through our Change Academy centres; delivering a range of qualifications that provide young people with a progression route into work or higher level training. Young people can access short and long courses; learning skills for life, gaining valuable work experience with local businesses and grasping greater career opportunities.

All programmes are delivered in a way that engages, supports and challenges the learners and takes into account their personal circumstances. Learners are provided with regular 1-2-1's and pastoral support, ensuring the successful completion of the course and next steps are fulfilled.


Voice

Young people are best placed to know about the challenges they face, and the best solutions for them.

Young Devon places young people at the centre of its services. We work in partnership with them to make sure that their voices are heard by the people making decisions.

Our own services are led and owned in partnership with young people, and their voice sits at the centre of service planning, evaluation and delivery. We will continue to support and lead other partners and organisations in ensuring that young people's voices are heard.


Accommodation

A safe place to call home is possibly the most critical thing which young people who are in crisis might need.

We are here to help young people to develop resilience; this is much harder to do without the sense of security and support that a place to call home offers.

From young people with high needs, to those with much lower needs who are ready to move into their own tenancies; our Supported Housing and Supported Lodging projects provide young people with secure homes, and support to help them thrive.

We are committed to improving the range, quality and amount of Accommodation that we can offer to young people.

If we can stop a young person from becoming homeless, we will do everything that we can to do that.

One of our most profound challenges is to support young people in very chaotic situations. There is an expectation that we can help them develop a sense of stability and independence in less than a year or eighteen months, even when the situations which have brought about that sense of chaos may have persisted for years or even a lifetime.

Our Accommodation services promote choice, and allow us to spend a longer period of time supporting young people to successful independent living.

 


 

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Based: Devon

Our helpline is open Monday to Friday, from 9:30am to 4:00pm.

  • 12 to 16 years old
  • 17 to 25 years old
  • Carers
  • Mental health
  • Substance misuse
  • Stress

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