Home > Community > Support Services Directory > Young People (aged 8-25)

Young People (aged 8-25)

Young People (aged 8-25)


Young People (aged 8-25)
Service Contact  Details

Participants don't need to be referred to join the project, simply come along to one of our drop-in sessions to join the program.

Alternatively, professionals can refer potential participants to the scheme, by emailing us at Acquire@dover.gov.uk 

  • Monday - St Radigunds Community Centre - 10am-1pm
  • Tuesday - Aylesham Welfare Leisure Centre - 10am-1pm
  • Wednesday - Betteshanger Social Welfare Scheme - 10am-1pm

The Acquire project is a free unique programme which provides support to people aged 18-25 who live within the Dover District and are looking for employment and/or support and advice to increase their employability and skills.


01304 840134

Contact info: aspire@bechange.org.uk  


ASPIRE offers FREE beginner friendly workshops and support for anyone over 18 who wants to improve their health and wellbeing and their employment opportunities, and to feel more confident and positive about life. The wide range of fully supported activities includes cooking, gardening, beekeeping, wellbeing and exercise sessions, accredited courses, employment support, mentoring, volunteer opportunities, work experience, NHS One You weight loss and healthy lifestyle support and more. 


If you have any questions, please contact the Reconnect team at the email address: reconnect.kentcyp@kent.gov.uk


Reconnect is a community-led programme designed to get Kent’s children and young people back to enjoying the activities and opportunities they took part in before COVID-19 – as well as the chance to try new things along the way.


After a year of staying in, it's time to get out there and Reconnect with the things you've missed over the past 12 months. There are lots of fun activities and events going on across the county, so find something that interests you and have fun!




Sign up to the Reconnect newsletter.


See the Reconnect: Kent children and young people website. We have also created a Reconnect Facebook page


KCC Youth Services:


Dover Youth Hub (Linwood Youth Centre)

Park Avenue




CT14 9UU


Commissioned Services:

Pie Factory


Youth Hub Delivery Manager:

Erin Bell

03000 418019


03000 420008




(01843) 596777

(01843) 596998




Providing a range of support services including:

  • Building relationships
  • Group work
  • 1:1 support
  • Peer groups and friendships
  • Online/virtual, centre based, outreach and detached youth work
  • Partnership work with the community, faith groups and uniform organisations
  • School based youth work
  • Holiday programs
  • Accredited programs including Duke of Edinburgh award, ASDAN & Arts Award



Live Well Kent and Dover Youth Hub Pilot  


03000 418019/07786 191348

The KCC Dover Youth Hub are working with Live Well Kent on a pilot for 17-year-old young people and are happy to forward referrals on your behalf, if the young person consents.  This is a particularly good option for ongoing support or as a support network through transition from YP to adult services.


The Young Lives Foundation



01622 693459

The Young Lives Foundation (YLF) is an award-winning children’s charity in the South East of England with expertise in Advocacy, Mentoring, Befriending and Activity Programmes.


Kent Children & Young People’s Mental Health Service CYPMHS (NELFT)



0800 0113474


Kent CYPMHS South Kent Coast

Castleside, Dover Health Centre, Maison Dieu Road, Dover, Kent, CT16 1RH


Resources - https://mindfresh.nelft.nhs.uk/


The Children and Young People's Mental Health Service (CYPMHS) provides emotional wellbeing and mental health advice and support for young people and their families across Kent.

This service is available to young people from the age of 0-18 (up until their 19th birthday) and up until the age of 25 for young people with special educational needs or as part of a wider network of support for children and young people in the care of the Local Authority.

CYPMHS offers advice and support for stress, low mood and depression, anxiety, self-harm or difficult to manage behaviors and support for neurodevelopmental difficulties such as ADHD or ASD.

Live Well Kent (Emotional and Mental Health Services for Adults)  


0800 567 7699



Live Well Kent we can help improve mental and physical health and wellbeing. It is a free service for anyone over 17.

Dover Counselling Service  

01304 204123


To support those who might be feeling anxious or depressed for a variety of reasons. Offering support and a safe place to talk about how you are feeling, in confidence, and without being judged. 
Children's Health and Wellbeing Navigation

Chloe Bunnett

Children’s Health and Wellbeing Navigator



Lydden Surgery       

114 Canterbury Road, Lydden Dover      

CT15 7ET


Whitecliffs Medical Centre

Mill Lane,


CT15 7QQ




A hybrid role combining the functions of social prescribing, care navigation and care coordination


  • Support families to identify what matters most to them, set goals with a holistic action plan, and connect to peer support, groups, services and apps to build resilience
  • Collate and provide information and signposting ensuring access to support from statutory services, community resources and inclusive activities.
  • Ensure children, young people and their families know what to do and who to contact if problems escalate or in crisis
  • Engage with children and their families to build an active profile of their clinical and social journey
  • Become an Information centre for the patient, their family and colleagues across multiple organisations to ensure a seamless, holistic approach to their personalised plan

HeadStart Kent 




Targeted support available for young people attending HeadStart Kent schools and some universal services and resources available.

Talents and interests grants: https://kentresiliencehub.org.uk/schools-and-communities/grants/

Pay it forward grants:https://kentresiliencehub.org.uk/schools-and-communities/grants/

Kent Children & Young People’s Mental Health Service CYPMHS 


0800 0113474

Cherry Tree House

Cheriton High Street,

Folkestone CT18 8AN

Phone: 01303 717233                                     

Resources - https://mindfresh.nelft.nhs.uk/

The Children and Young People's Mental Health Service (CYPMHS) provides emotional wellbeing and mental health advice and support for young people and their families across Kent.

This service is available to young people from the age of 0-18 (up until their 19th birthday) and up until the age of 25 for young people with special educational needs or as part of a wider network of support for children and young people in the care of the Local Authority.

CYPMHS offers advice and support for stress, low mood and depression, anxiety, self-harm or difficult to manage behaviors and support for neurodevelopmental difficulties such as ADHD or ASD.

Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT)  


searchable directory of local services


0800 0113474 (single point of access number)


Referral email: nem-tr.kentchildrenandyoungpeoplehealthservices@nhs.net


Single point of Access (SPA) referral line for Mental Health Services

Mental health services for people aged over 14 living in Kent and Medway. Services are more specialised than services provided by your GP. Most of the mental health services are more provided through:

  • Community based teams
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Inpatient units
North East London Foundation Trust - NELFT


NELFT are the provider of all age eating disorder services and child and adolescent mental health services across Kent and Medway.

School Health Services


0800 0113474 kchft.schoolhealth@nhs.net

The teams are led by school nurses who are qualified nurses, with specialist training in public health. They are supported by school staff nurses, assistant practitioners, public health assistants and an administration team.

They work closely with health visitors, community paediatricians, schools, and other services from local communities in a range of locations, including mainstream schools and special schools and outreach services.

Salus Group 

Children and young people:



Family Support:


Salus offer a diverse range of programmes to support the needs of children and young people. This can be in school, the community or at home.


Salus delivers a range of support to families with a focus on emotional health, well-being, and practical support.

We are With You (formally Addaction)


01795 500881

Support for young people

We are continuing to take referrals into 1:1/Specialist Treatment service for young people wanting to address their substance use or make changes. Appointments are held via video chat or telephone due to the current situation.

Parents and families

Our Parent Partnership Programme has never been busier, and we are supporting lots of families across Kent during this concerning time. Families can call for 'drop in' style support or refer for scheduled sessions

We Are With You also have a webchat where YP or families can get help and advice online  support instantly if they are worried about their own or someone else's drinking or drug use or their mental health.

BeFree Positive Relationships Barnardos



01892 511468

Barnardo’s BeFree Positive Relationships service is commissioned by Kent County Council.

The aims of this service are to build and promote emotional resilience, and to educate and empower young women to have healthy positive relationships.

Face to face and group work for young women 10 – 16 years, including transgender individuals, who are at risk of experiencing unhealthy relationships.



0800 567 7699

Working across the South East to help vulnerable and isolated people get support, for ages 17 and over

Health and wellbeing services – Mental Health, Primary Care community link service, Aspirations, Community Inclusion and Mentoring, Jobs, education and training

Housing Services – Routh Sleeper Service, adult support accommodation, Specialist supported housing, homelessness prevention.

Kent Young Carers


0300 111 1110

Support for children who have caring duties.  Kent Young Carers is the countywide service for Young Carers aged 5-18 across Kent.  Young Carers are taking on caring responsibilities for a family member with a long-term illness, disability, mental health or substance misuse issue. 

The BeYou Project



The BeYou Project, offered by Porchlight, connects young people in Kent who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or unsure of their sexual orientation and / or gender identity.

BeYou offers a safe, welcoming and non-judgemental space where young LGBT+ people can meet to socialise, have fun and help each other.
Insight Healthcare


0300 123 4502


Insight Healthcare is a not-for-profit organisation providing free NHS talking therapy services across Kent for anyone aged 17+ living in East Kent.  
KOOTH Counselling

To create an account any young person can go to: www.kooth.com and enter some basic information.


Email kent@xenzone.com to find out more.

Kooth, from XenZone, is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people 10 -16 years, accessible virtually free at the point of use. Young people can access text-based chats with a counsellor safely, anonymously and for free. There is also a range of self-help resources including a magazine, forums and an activity hub. results. 

Kooth staff can also provide resources and training for free to anyone in Kent that works with young people. 

About Us

020 8315 0595


In collaboration with Kent Violence Reduction Unit, The Mary Dolly Foundation is offering one to one remote counselling support delivered by qualified and experienced practitioners. Young people from the ages of 16-25 can access weekly remotely delivered sessions and engage with neutral individual to simply talk about their feelings, goals and aims. Their role will be able to plan on how to achieve these.

Kent Community Health Trust – Chat Heath 


Chat on 07520 618850

Chat Health is a text service for 11-19 years. Young people can text with a member of their team about any physical or emotional health concerns they have. This service is available Monday to Friday, 9am. This service is confidential and anonymous.

Kent Community Health Trust – CYP Counselling Services 


Up to six counselling sessions are available for young people aged 11-19. These sessions can help a young person gain understanding and develop strategies to help them feel better. For primary school aged children, the child can have six sessions with a counsellor, or if more appropriate, parents can have six weekly sessions with advice on practical, easy to use strategies. The services are also extended to include bereavement counselling for those aged 4-19 who have been bereaved as a result of the Coronavirus. These sessions can be offered via video link, phone or in person.  

Dandelion Time http://www.dandeliontime.org.uk

Dandelion Time can only accept referrals from professionals such as Early Help, Social Workers, GP, Schools, or other professional agencies. If you are a parent seeking support, please ask a professional who knows your child/children best to contact us regarding a possible referral.  Dandelion Time is most suited to children/young people aged 6 – 13 with past experiences of trauma.

Kent Skills and Employability Team https://www.kelsi.org.uk/skills-and-employability

A range of support services for 14 – 25-year olds into employment, education and training. 

The Education People https://www.theeducationpeople.org/our-expertise/specialist-employment/

Delivered by Kent Supported Employment, their Specialist Employment service provides a range of services from school employability and work experience programs to supporting students and adult jobseekers into work experience, supported internships, supported apprenticeships, self-employment and paid employment.  They hold specialist knowledge and experience of services for SEND students, other vulnerable learner groups and adults with a disability or disadvantage.

CXK https://www.cxk.org

Inspiring people to thrive.  Providing training courses, development programme and emotional support, advice and guidance to young people to develop the skills and confidence to take their next steps.

Inspire Project


 The Inspire project is open to young people aged 4-18 who have a lack of oppertunity or challenging circumstance. The activity pays for them to do an activity of their choice for up to 24 weeks.
Kickstart Scheme  



The Kickstart Scheme is a government initiative to create new job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long-term unemployment.

Dover Smart Project

01304 790223


Young Carers Club every Saturday in Smart Gallery, 3 Waterloo Crescent, Dover. 

For carers aged 5 to 18 years old.