Monday 24th August
More than anything, Youth in Romsey is passionate about reaching out to and supporting young people in our community, but in order to do this at our absolute best we need a little break! So from today, Monday 24th Aug, the centre will be closed for 2 weeks and we won’t be running any of our services. But don’t stress, we’ll be back and fully operating from the 7th September!
In the meantime, you can contact us by messaging on Facebook/ Instagram or emailing us at . Ella (that’s me!) will be checking in on these accounts regularly so I will do my absolute best to get back to you as quickly as possible and can answer any general enquiries you have. If you need to leave a message for another member of our team, that’s cool too! I’ll forward these on to my colleagues ready for them to address when they are back at work.
If you need help urgently, here are some helplines that you can contact for free, confidential and professional support...
> Childline (under 18) on 0800 1111 or https://www.childline.org.uk
> Samaritans on 116 123 or https://www.samaritans.org
> Beat (for eating disorders) on 0808 801 0677 or https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk
> Lets Talk About It (sexual health) on 0300 300 2016 or https://www.letstalkaboutit.nhs.uk
> Runaway Helpline (wanting to leave home) on 116 000 or https://www.runawayhelpline.org.uk
Friday 3rd July 2020
Throughout lockdown, Youth in Romsey has not stopped. Our centre has been and will continue to be closed until further notice, however our service has remained accessible to young people remotely and we have therefore been able to support them in an isolating and worrying time.
This is largely down to our lovely followers liking, sharing and spreading the word about us so thank you so much for this! It is hugely appreciated and quite literally meaning young people who would otherwise be struggling alone are getting supported. Please do continue to share!
We will continue to follow government guidelines and so the centre will not open to the public until we are told it is safe to do so. However based on the new guidelines for social distancing, we are able to admit small, organised groups in separately, and so we are busy planning a summer youth programme for our youth members following the exciting news we were successful in our application for funding to do this from Children in Need! We will of course be putting social distancing and safety measures in place to ensure this is done safely and make sure everyone’s mind is at ease. There will be more info to come on this!
Other branches of our services are running as follows…
> Counselling sessions are still being run via video/ phone calls with great success.
> We are advising those looking for sexual health services to go to https://www.letstalkaboutit.nhs.uk for advice/ to book an appointment whilst we aren’t able provide testing kits and contraception/ run clinics etc
> Our careers service is still running. Although job opportunities are rather sparse currently, we hope this will start to pick up soon, and in the meantime can offer support + advice with CV building, interview practice etc – message us!
If you have any questions, are looking for support or want more info about any of the above, don’t hesitate to get in touch – we don’t bite!
Friday 20th March
In line with the centre being closed until further notice, our sexual health clinic scheduled for Tuesday 7th April will sadly not be going ahead. If you were planning on attending the clinic and still want to access contraception, sexual health screening, pregnancy test or support please get in contact with us either via text on 07443 508418 or email us at with details of what you need and we can discuss the options available with you.
Wednesday 18th March
Unfortunately due to new government advice as of Monday 23rd March the centre will be closed. Youth clubs have been cancelled until further notice and we will contact those booked in for counselling this week individually regarding their sessions.
We will provide updates regularly on when we may re-open etc and are currently working on ways to support young people remotely during this understandably worrying time.
We have just opened a new Instagram page @yiryouth which is designed specifically for people to find advice, support and positive content surrounding mental health, sexual health, career support etc and we hope this will create a platform for young people to talk and share their experiences, supporting each other. During this time, we will focus on strategies to reduce anxiety, stay occupied and active etc with so many people staying at home, so this could be a very helpful tool to follow and share! We will also create a page on our website to give similar information re: the virus and how to keep mentally fit and healthy!
Young people can also text 07443508418 if they need to speak to someone for direct support.