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Young People

Nottingham City Council Youth Service in collaboration with our partner organisations, provides a safe environment, a sense of belonging, and the opportunity for some of the most vulnerable young people to participate in positive activities, establish friendships, learn new skills, and expand their experiences!

Young People
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What We Do

The Nottingham City Council Youth Service Hub and our partners offer after-school and evening youth provisions where young people can get involved in sports, team games, dancing, arts & crafts, music, media courses, cooking skills, leadership skills, accredited learning and wellbeing workshops!

These are just a few of the activities and services that young people shape, lead, and participate in. We also deliver projects that focus on young people's needs and improve their general well-being and health.

Professionals, parents/carers or young people themselves can make referrals to our service. Young people must be aged 11 to 17. Young people must also live or attend school or college in Nottingham city boundaries.

Our Youth Workers are professionally trained to provide the highest level of support, and work closely with partners to provide counselling, mentoring and access to other services.

We support young people with the issues that are important to them such as confidence, self-esteem, relationships, sexual health, substance misuse, staying safe from exploitation, and independent living skills. 

For further information and details of our latest activities across Nottingham City, click the button below or see Groups and Activities below.

Holiday Activities

Support Services for Young People

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Nottingham Youth Justice (YJS)

The Youth Justice Service (YJS) consists of staff from the City Council, Police, Probation and Health, and is overseen by a partnership board chaired by the Corporate Director for Children and Adults. Youth Justice Services are sometimes known as Youth Offending Teams or Youth Offending Services.

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Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs)

Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) in Nottingham City currently offers support across 46 schools within the city. MHSTs are part of a national project that is NHS England funded and they offer a collaborative, system-wide approach to support the mental wellbeing of children in primary school and young people within secondary schools and colleges.

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Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

CAMHS provides support for young people across Nottingham City.

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Child Friendly Cities Initiative

The Child Friendly Cities Initiative (CFCI) is a UNICEF-led initiative that supports municipal governments in realising the rights of children at the local level using the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as its foundation.

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Childline is there to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through, it is free, confidential and available any time, day or night. You can talk about anything. Whether it’s something big or small, trained counsellors are there to support you.

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NHS Chat Health: Advice for Teens in Nottingham City

Chat Health is a confidential help and advice service for teens in Nottingham City, they help with all kinds of things like:

  • Emotional health
  • Sexual health
  • Relationships
  • Self-harm
  • Bullying
  • Alcohol
  • Healthy eating
  • Drugs
  • Smoking and more!

Get Advice
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Whatever you're feeling, we're here to help. Access support from other young people and professionals, all at your own pace. 

Get Support
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National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

Everything they do protects children and young people today and prevents abuse tomorrow to transform society for every childhood.

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Find a job and explore your career opportunities with Futures! They provide personalised and FREE support from expert careers advisers, for those in sixth form, college, university; no matter your age. They will assist with application forms, create or improve your CV and find job vacancies that are right for you or help you make a career change - wherever you are on your career journey they've got you covered!

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ChalleNGe Nottingham's Cultural Education Partnership

Young people aged 16-25 meet monthly to connect and collaborate on making arts and cultural opportunities more visible and accessible. They represent Nottingham Music Hub, Backlit, Freedom Foundation, Diversify Education and Communities CIC, Lakeside Arts, Ignite!, Nottingham Playhouse, Mad Truth, and they have three individual freelance creative practitioners.

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Specialise in engaging young people through a range of creative activities including music technology, DJing, dance classes, film and multimedia.

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Change Grow Live

Free and confidential service supporting young people with challenges including drugs or alcohol, trouble with housing, domestic abuse, or your mental and physical wellbeing

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Support when you need it, if you are not feeling yourself, talking about it often helps. If you need someone to talk to, they are there to listen.

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It's Ok not to feel Ok. NottAlone provides local mental health advice and help for young people in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, all in one place.

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The Mighty Creatives

The Mighty Creatives support the most under-represented young people in society through creative experiences that make lasting personal and social change.

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Big Deal

BigDeal can help you find information and support related to gambling, whether it’s for yourself or someone you care

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Counselling and Support for Young People provides a confidential counselling service to young people aged from 6 to 25 within Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire.

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Freedom Foundation

Founded in 2018 we have been delivering arts and education projects aimed at improving children’s physical and mental wellbeing through music, dance, and mentoring within schools, alternative provisions, and our community.

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Jigsaw Youth Club

Jigsaw Youth Club works with neuro-divergent people who would like to develop social and life skills. This is done in a variety of environments that are aimed to provide opportunities for lifelong learning.

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The Wolf Pack Project

Through a combination of one to one support, social groups, events, and more, The Wolf Pack Project aims to create support networks and build communities between Nottingham's isolated people aged 16-35 promoting positive mental health. 

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Food Banks

Are you in need of accessing food vouchers and local food banks around Nottingham?

Get FREE & Cheap Food

Respect Not Fear

Assisting all young individuals in identifying unhealthy and abusive characteristics in their relationships. This website is full of information to encourage healthy teen relationships, offering valuable advice for assessing their own relationships and seeking help when necessary. Consider accessing for yourself or perhaps you could share with a friend.

Get advice

'Let's Talk about Sexual Health' clinic

'Let's Talk about Sexual Health' clinic for 13-19 year olds held at Bulwell Riverside Youth Centre, Free & Confidential service providing advice and guidance, STI testing, contraception, C-Cards, pregnancy testing running alongside sexual health drop-in sessions where youth workers provide support around mental health & wellbeing! 

In partnership with NHS registered Sexual Health Nurses.

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Young Men’s Group

This is a six-week programme for young men aged 13 to 17 aiming towards keeping young men out of trouble, away from offending and out of the Criminal Justice System. 

This project has been developed by male staff from the youth team and targeted youth workers from the Youth Justice Service and is delivered in a safe space encouraging young men to engage in activities and discussions to develop a healthier and safer lifestyle!

Young men can also refer themselves this is known as a self-referral.

Refer Here
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Young Women’s Group

This is a six-week programme for young women aged 13 to 17 aiming towards keeping young women out of trouble, away from offending and out of the Criminal Justice System. 

This project has been developed by female staff from the youth team and targeted youth workers from the Youth Justice Service and is delivered in a safe space encouraging young women to engage in activities and discussions to develop a healthier and safer lifestyle!

Young women can also refer themselves this is known as a self-referral.

Refer Here
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The Mood & Food Café

The Mood & Food Café is a drop-in space for young people aged 11-17 to share and discuss wellbeing experiences. 

Running alongside the café, we have a 7 week programme supported by Mental Health Support Teams aimed at teaching young people skills on how to deal with emotions, mood swings and there is also a chance to connect with others!

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Junior Youth & Notts County Foundation Kicks Programme

Nottingham City Council and Notts County Foundation Kicks presents a free programme giving 10-13 year olds across Nottingham City the opportunity to play football and take part in other multi-sport activities improving participants’ physical, mental and emotional wellbeing there is also arts & crafts, gaming, pool and more offered!

The aim of these sessions is to use the power of football and the value of sports participation to help engage, inspire, and educate young people.

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The Pythian Club

Nottingham City Council has partnered with The Pythian Club to provide young people aged 9-17 the ability to participate in multi-sports, including basketball. Through basketball, young people can benefit from improved physical fitness, teamwork skills, mental well-being, emotional resilience and discipline. It’s more than just a game—it’s an investment in their overall well-being!

Watch the video below to learn more about how The Pythian Club supports young people.

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Helping Kids Achieve

Nottingham City Council have partnered with Helping Kids Achieve to provide multi-sports programmes for young people age 6-17 to take part in basketball, football & much more developing their mental and physical mental-wellbeing! 

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Friday Night Youth Sessions

Fun, engaging, sports, arts & crafts and learning activities for young people aged 13-17 each and every Friday hosted at Bulwell Riverside Youth Centre! Must be booked in advance.

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If you have any questions please give us a call or drop us an email during the daytime!