Contact details for local sources of help

Get Active Hampshire & IOW

A one-stop shop for sports and physical activities in Hampshire & the Isle of Wight. Find a sport or activity that can help you be more active. Type in your postcode and off you go.

website: http://www.getactivehampshireiow.co.uk/


Change4Life

This is a great national website that has healthy easy to prepare recipes from breakfast to dinner (and even puddings!). There is a link to the new Sugar Smart app which you can get on iTunes or on Google Play. You can find local activities based on your postcode. There is an excellent section on what to do if your child is very overweight, overweight, a healthy weight or underweight.

website: www.nhs.uk/change4life


Scouts and Girl Guides

Organisations which don't really need introductions but just in case, these are low-cost, volunteer-run charity organisations which can offer young people support and life skills that could help them through life. They have helped countless boys and girls around the world to develop both physically and mentally through a combination of adventure and educational activities, giving them a wealth of experience and opportunity, empowering them and providing friendship and support.

Scouting website

Girl Guiding website

For an article on the mental health benefits of joining these organisations click here.


School Nurses

Contact: School nurse admin, Aldershot Centre for Heath. 01252 335654/335655


Young Persons' Safe Haven

A mental health service aimed specifically at school-age children and modelled on the local award-winning adult mental health crisis service.

The service offers support to any young person, aged 10 to 17, who walks through the door and needs help coping with issues such as anxiety, depression, stress or self-harm. The service also extends to the young people’s family members and carers.

Address: 4 Hillside Road, Aldershot GU11 3NB.

Opening hours: 

Monday Closed
Tuesday 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Wednesday 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Thursday 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Friday 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday 6.30pm - 8.30pm

No appointment is necessary. A free helpline is also available within the above hours: 0800 061 4132.

For more information click here.


The Source – Youth Support Services

The Source Cafe - Suite 3, Wesley Chambers, Queens Road, Aldershot - has been open since October 2000 and remains Aldershot's only youth cafe - a drug and alcohol free social place for young people to meet in the evening.

The building is kitted out with a kitchen, games room and lounge, and is equipped with the latest games consoles and table sports. It's a safe, drug and alcohol-free place that's so rare in any town, let alone Aldershot.

Open four nights a week as a drop-in, what young people get from a night at The Source is outside of what could be their normal night out. It's safe, it's fun and it's fulfilling.

It can offer a range of arts and crafts for anyone feeling crafty or who needs to express themselves in big and small ways.

Visit the website for more information.


Youth AIMS (Youth Advice)

Youth AIMS (Advice, Information, Mediation, Support) offers guidance to young people and their families in areas such as housing, homelessness, money and debt management, relationships and employment.

Where to find them: 36 Crimea Road, Aldershot GU11 1UD

Drop in: Monday to Friday from 10am - 4:30pm.
Email: youthaims@stepbystep.org.uk or
Call 01252 346105 to make an appointment.

website: www.stepbystep.org.uk


CAMHS Surrey - Mindsight (Mental Health Services for Children and Young People)

The health and social care partnership for children and young people (aged 11 up) with mental health problems and learning disabilities living in Surrey.

Website: sabp.nhs.uk/mindsightsurreycamhs

Tel: 0300 222 5755


CAHMS Hampshire

Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) are made up of specialist teams offering assessment and treatment to children and young people up to age 18 who have emotional, behavioural or mental health problems.  People can talk to a GP, teacher or social worker about getting an appointment if they think they need specialist support.  Or they can self-refer by calling 0300 304 0050, Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. Trained mental health staff will be on hand to talk about the issues the person is experiencing and how the service, or one of its partner organisations, may be able to help.  Full details and a referral form available from www.sussexpartnership.nhs.uk/service-hampshire-community-teams#locations-list-1968


Community Paediatric Service

The new age 0-19 developmental paediatric service started on 1st April 2017 and is delivered by Children and Family Health Surrey - an alliance formed by Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SABP), CSH Surrey, and First Community Health. To find out more visit www.childrenshealthsurrey.nhs.uk/services/developmental-paediatricians.

We also have a new bespoke service for North East Hampshire children aged 6 to 11 with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder or Autistic Spectrum Condition. This service is provided by Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with Beacon and Psicon. Existing patients will be contacted and offered appointments shortly.

If you are unsure of which service your child should receive support from, please speak with your GP or contact the advice lines below.

Useful contact details
  • 0-19 general community paediatric (including children aged 0-5 with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder or Autistic Spectrum Condition) - email veronicajones@nhs.net or call 01276 454140 or 454141.
  • North East Hampshire children aged 6 to 11 with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder or Autistic Spectrum Condition - call 0300 222 5755.
  • North East Hampshire children age 12 and over – call Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service on 0300 304 0050, Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. 
  • Farnham children age 6 and above – call Mindsight on 0300 222 5755.

Hart Voluntary Action-Rushmoor & Hart Young Carers (for 10-18y olds)

The aim is to support children and young people who have taken on a caring role for a parent, sibling or other relative who is disabled, or suffering a long-term illness, including mental health problems or drug/alcohol misuse.

Website: http://www.hartvolaction.org.uk/young-carers.php

email: youngcarers@hartvolaction.org.uk

Tel: 01252 815652


121 Youth Counselling

Offers one-to-one counselling sessions for 11-25 year olds to talk about whatever they need to, with a qualified counsellor e.g.suicidal thoughts, self-harm, depression, anxiety, and bereavement.

Counselling sessions are weekly and available at different community venues across the district and operate after school/college hours, from Monday to Friday.  These are free to the young person although donations are always welcome. All counsellors are registered with and accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and fully qualified or working at Level 4 for 17-25 year olds.

Referrals to the service are welcome from schools and colleges, health and social care professionals and young people themselves.  Once the young person is in the service, absolute confidentiality of the young person is guaranteed, unless there is serious cause for concern for their safety.

For more information or to make a referral contact Megan on 01252 815652 or email: 121@hartvolaction.org.uk

Hart Voluntary Action Ltd, Civic Offices, Harlington Way, Fleet GU51 4AE

Tel: 01252 815652

Website: www.hartvolaction.org.uk

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