28 November 2014

City’s youth services to hold open day

An open day on Saturday 29 November from 10am to 1pm will allow young people in Brighton & Hove and their parents and carers to find out about the support available for issues affecting their lives, including careers, substance misuse, offending and family support.

Brighton & Hove City Council’s base at 1 Regency Road – just off West Street in central Brighton – offers a range of services including:

  • education and employment support
  • family therapy and parenting advice
  • young people’s substance misuse service
  • youth crime prevention and support for young offenders
  • work with communities and individuals affected by crime.

The open day is a chance for members of the public to learn more about the Regency Road services and get informal advice from staff, volunteers and service users. Free tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

All these services have received praise and positive feedback from service users and partner agencies but welcome the opportunity to hear the views of the wider community.

The youth offending service recently received praise from a local parent who said: “The Brighton and Hove youth offending service has done a fantastic job with our son after he got into some trouble.

“When the youth offending service first came into our lives we were very apprehensive and very guarded, but his keyworker Millie soon put us at ease with her friendly nature.

“The service has had a positive effect on our son. Millie is brilliant, always available to talk to, or if we had any question was always willing to help answer the best she can.”

“When you walk into the office everyone is very friendly and you are made to feel welcome, and you do not feel that people there are judging you. Our son feels comfortable and finds Millie very easy to converse with.”

The chair of the council’s children and young people committee, Councillor Sue Shanks, said: “Our youth support services are committed to working with young people and, where appropriate, their families in a non-judgmental way towards solutions that will help them resolve some of the difficult issues they are facing so that they can move forward positively with their lives.”

For further information about the open day or the council’s youth support services please email alex.cooter@brighton-hove.gov.uk or phone 01273 296169.