Bristol Youth Links

Bristol Youth Links provides high quality, safe and reliable services for children and young people aged 8 to 19 (and up to 24 for those with learning difficulties). Services are provided by a range of providers across the city including Barnardo's, Bristol Playbus, WECIL and Kids Company. To contact the Bristol Youth Links central office call 0117 352 5729 or email byl@bristol.gov.uk. For contact details for individual service providers, click here to visit the Youth Links website.

1625 Independent People (Housing, Life Skills, Education, Jobs)



1625 provides support and advice to 16-25 year olds on housing, life skills, confidence-building, education, training and jobs. For further information call 0117 317 8800, email enquiries@1625ip.co.uk or click here to visit their website.

The Station (Activities & Advice)

The Station is a place where young people can try new things, get away from the pressure, meet people, discovery their talent and get the advice and support they need. It provides a chill-out area where members can hang out for free, a kitchen which sells food at affordable price, drop-in evening sessions where young people can learn new skills, studio and performance spaces for hire, gigs and shows throughout the year, and advice and support from experienced professionals. To find out more call 0117 204 7338, email info@thestationbristol.org.uk or click here to visit The Station website.

Off The Record (Emotional & Mental Health Support)

Off The Record provides free, confidential mental health information, advice, support and counselling for young people in Bristol aged 11-25. They provide a range of services and projects across Bristol including talking therapies, art therapy, social action, an LGBT service and training on youth mental health. For further information call free on 0808 808 9120, text 07896 880 011, email confidential@otrbristol.org.uk or click here to visit the Off The Record website.

Freedom Youth (LGBTQ)

Freedom is Off The Record's LGBTQ service for young people aged 11-25. Their main youth group meets in central Bristol every Tuesday from 7pm-9pm. They also offer a 6-week workshop on Tuesdays from 6pm-7pm where you will have the opportunity to explore your identity and share experiences with others, and they can also provide 1:1 support and signposting. For more information call Elly (07943 891071) or Hannah (07814 250751) or email lgbtq@otrbristol.org.uk.

4YP (Sexual Health & Relationships)

4YP provides young people aged 13-24 in Bristol with up to date information on sex, relationships and contraception. On their website you can search for local services and you will also find a wealth of information about sexual health. Click here to visit the 4YP website. If you have immediate concerns about your sexual health and want to speak to someone, call the Bristol Sexual Healthline on 0117 342 6900.

Bristol Nightstop (Homelessness)

Bristol Nightstop works directly with young homeless people aged 16-25, all year round, in the City of Bristol. They arrange temporary and emergency accommodation when no other options are available - a safe place to stay in the homes of trained and vetted volunteer hosts. Nightstop Hosts will offer a warm room to stay in their own home, an evening meal, breakfast, support and compassion and are recruited, trained, supported and supervised by project workers. Nightstop also provides emergency Key Worker support to give expert advice, help young people to return home where possible and support them when and where they need it.

If you need help call or text 07979 878 814, email info@caringinbristol.org.uk or visit their office at The Station in Silver Street. Their opening hours are Mon-Fri 9am- 5pm. For further information click here to visit the Nightstop website.

NSPCC (Child Abuse)

NSPCC is the leading children's charity fighting to end child abuse in the UK and Channel Islands. They help children who’ve been abused to rebuild their lives, protect those at risk, and find the best ways of preventing abuse from ever happening.

If you're worried about a child call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000 for 24/7 professional help, advice and support or email help@nspcc.org.uk.

If you are 18 or under call ChildLine on 0800 1111 for free confidential advice and support whatever your worry, whenever you need help.

If you think a child is an immediate danger call the police on 999 straight away.

For further information click here to visit the NSPCC website.

The Hideout (Domestic Abuse)

A website for children and young people to help them identify domestic abuse within the family or their personal relationships and advice on how to address it. The website has easy to complete questionnaires which guide users through difficult topics to identify where they might benefit from support or guidance and where to find it. Click here to visit the Hideout.

The Mix (Free Advice for Young People)

The Mix is a free, confidential helpline for young people under 25 who need help and don't know where to turn. Their service is available 365 days a year and young people can get in touch by phone, webchat or email. Their helpline volunteers help children and young people with a wide range of issues including homelessness, self harm, bullying and drugs. There is also an online directory called WebHelp 24/7 which provides information about specific issues.

To access their helpline call free on 0808 808 4994. Email and webchat is available through their website by clicking here.

Bristol Student Union (Mental Health Support)

Bristol Student Union offer a number of mental health support services including:

  • Just Ask - free, confidential and independent advice and information for all students (call 0117 331 8634)
  • Nightline - a telephone-based listening and information service run by students, for students (call 01179 266 266, open 8pm-8am during term)
  • LGBT+ Support Group - a safe and confidential space for students to chat through questions or worries about sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Contact bristolsu@bristol.ac.uk for more information
  • Eating Disorders support group - trained by a national charity, Student Minds, this group offers a safe and confidential space to talk openly about the challenges of recovering from an eating disorder. Contact ubu-eatingdisorders@studentminds.org.uk for further information

 

Call Charges

 

We have provided information about call charges for each organisation listed below where this is known. Where no call charge details are shown, please refer to the following general information:

  • Calls to all numbers starting 01, 02 and 03 are charged at local rate (up to 9p per minute) from landlines and from 8p to 40p from mobiles
  • Calls to 0800 and 0808 numbers are free from landlines but could cost up to 40p from mobiles
  • Calls to 0844 numbers cost between 1p and 13p from landlines and from 5p to 41p from mobiles
  • Calls to 0845 numbers cost between 1p and 12p from landlines and from 5p to 40p from mobiles.