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A haven for young people

Published: 26 July 2017

Talk about feelings

Surrey's children and young people can go to talk about things they are struggling to deal with. Whether it's related to friendships, family conflicts, school stress or self-confidence, there's always someone to talk to at a Children and Young People's Haven (CYP Haven).

A pilot CYP Haven project was set up at the Discovery Centre in Guildford to give children and young people a chance to get help with any problems they may have and socialise with other young people who are also seeking help and support. It's not like walking into a clinic or walking into a youth club, it's a mix of the two, giving them the best of both. And since we last reported in December there are now CYP Haven's open in Epsom, Staines and Redhill.

It was described by one young person as being the place where "I can be who I am and just get away from everything! It's really nice and calming".

Who is available to talk to?

A youth worker, a mental health nurse and a peer mentor will be there to talk to in confidence and on a one to one basis in order to talk about any worries the children and young people may be experiencing.

Who can visit?

Anyone aged between 10 and 18 years old can visit a CYP Haven with no appointment or referral needed, simply drop in. The aim is that everyone should feel comfortable visiting, so children and young people can bring a parent or carer with them if they'd like to, or they can talk to one of the friendly team alone.

When is it open?

For more details and for opening hours visit the CYP Haven Surrey website.

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