Advice and support for young people

Advice and support for young people

Support services for young people who live, work or study in Bristol.

We have support services for young people who are facing difficulties.

We can support you if you’re:

  • 11 to 19 years old
  • up to 24 years old, if you have a learning difficulty
  • up to 25 years old, if you’re a care leaver

We can help you have a healthy lifestyle and make positive choices. We can support you with:

  • emotional health and wellbeing
  • alcohol or drug misuse
  • healthy relationships

We can also support you if you aren’t in, or you risk missing:

  • education
  • employment
  • training

We can help you back into education, employment or training. There are also a number of options for education and training after 16.

Organisations that can support you

These organisations give free, personalised support.

Education, emotional health and wellbeing support

To find out more about what help is available in your area, visit:

Drugs, alcohol and smoking

The Bristol Drugs Project works with us to:

  • support young people across the city
  • reduce and prevent alcohol and drug misuse

They can also support you if you're worried about a parent or care. To find out more about how they can help you, visit the Bristol Drugs Project website.

Talk to Frank has an A to Z of drugs and information about:

  • their effects
  • their uses
  • how addictive different drugs are
  • health risks
  • the law

Smokefree Bristol can help you stop smoking. Call them on:

  • 0117 922 2255 if you live in Bristol
  • 01454 865 502 if you live in South Gloucestershire

Relationships and sexual health

Unity gives a free and confidential service about:

  • puberty
  • relationships
  • sex

To find out more about how they can help you, visit the Unity website.

Brook has:

  • information about relationships and sexual health for young people aged 25 and under
  • sexual health services all over the UK

Find out more on Brook's website.

Freedom is Off the record's LGBTQ+ group for young people aged 11 to 25. It's open to anyone questioning their sexuality or gender. 

To find out more:

Mental health support

Off the record is a charity that gives free, confidential mental health support and information.

To find out more about how they can help you, visit the Off the record website.

The Kooth service is a free online counselling and information service for children and young people.

To find out more about how they can help you, visit the Kooth website.

Homelessness support

Bristol Youth MAPS is a joint service by the council and the charity organisation 1625 Independent People.

Bristol Youth MAPS can give you free support if you’ve been told to leave home or you’re homeless.

To find out more about how they can help you, visit the Bristol Youth MAPS website.

The Ask Us project is run by Bristol Law Centre. It helps young people aged between 16 to 25 with issues like debt, housing and welfare benefits.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Our SEND Local Offer website has information for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, and their families.

To find out more about what help is available, visit the SEND Local Offer website.

Support for Young Carers

If you're under 18 years old and look after another person at home, you may be a young carer.  There are a number of ways that we can help you and you can find out more information on our Young Carers webpage.