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For details of local mental health organisations for young people aged under 18 please see our Youth Services Directory.

Aim Community

Aim Community is a creative arts, education and mentoring charity based in Bournemouth and Poole. Bespoke support packages are provided for 7-19 year olds. Young people are given a variety of creative arts experiences to reach their potential and enhance their creativity.


Ansbury work with young people, parents and adults to help them achieve their career goals through quality guidance and advice.

Children’s Centres

Family Support and Parenting Advice. Bringing up children and supporting your
teenager into adulthood can be very rewarding. There can also be some challenging
times when you and your child or young person need extra advice and support.

Bovington: 5 King George V Road,
Bovington, Wareham, Dorset BH20 6JQ
Tel: 01929 463220

Swanage: Chapel Lane, Swanage,
Dorset BH19 2PW
Tel: 01929 423589

Upton: Outreach

Wareham: Wareham Lady St Mary C of 
E First School, Streche Road, Wareham,
Dorset BH20 4PG
Tel: 01929 552864

Wool: Outreach
Tel: 01929 463220

Doc Ready

Doc Ready is a useful online tool that supports young people when they discuss their mental health with a doctor for the first time. A range of information and advice regarding what to expect is available and a buildable online checklist is also accessible to help people be prepared when they see their doctor.

Dorset Family Information Service

Dorset Family Information Service provides free and impartial information including childcare, schools, activities and services for children, young people and families.

Tel: 01305 221066

Hope For Food

Hope For Food is a charity based in Bournemouth set up and run by volunteers.  Hope for Food is dedicated to helping the homeless and disadvantaged.  They do this through food and care packagessoup kitchens and surplus food distribution.

You can also find their Facebook page here.

Purbeck Parenting Support

Support for parents can be accessed through children’s centres where local services are
brought together and a programme of activities are available.

Safe Date

Safe Date is a free healthy relationship programme for young people across the UK. Safe Date provides domestic abuse training education and offers free preventative workshops for education establishments in order to raise awareness and understanding.


SMILE is a community group and support network which aims to support lone parent families.  SMILE increases confidence, self-esteem and resilience of parents and children in lone parent families.

They offer a variety of services including one-to-one support and group activities. Many community events are also run by SMILE.

The Listening Ear

The Listening Ear is a counselling and training service based in Bournemouth which provides a range of courses including therapeutic counselling and bespoke services.

Young Minds

Young Minds provides a voice for young people’s mental health and wellbeing. As one of the UK’s leading charities, they are committed to improve the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.

They also support parents to help their children through difficult times, and equip professionals to provide the best possible support to the young people that they work with.

There is a wealth of information on the website.

Youth Access

Youth Access is an advice and counselling network. It is a national membership organisation for information, advice and counselling services for young people. 

Guide to UK Benefits

There is also a really handy UK Benefits Guide, updated for 2017, which you can see here.  It lists the most significant benefits you could be entitled to.  If you meet the detailed criteria, you should certainly state your claim and receive the support you deserve.

If you are unsure of any details or have a question, your local Citizens Advice would be able to help you.

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