Your Way is a partnership between five youth and mental health services in Cornwall. Passionate about all aspects of our work, we provide quality youth services in Cornwall for, and with, young people aged 10 and over. Young people are encouraged and supported to be involved in all aspects of the service design, delivery and evaluation.
Through our strands; Create, Find, Mind and HeadStart, you can access a variety of services in your community and online. Your Way provides information, advice & guidance, counselling, mentoring and youth work, as well as opportunities to volunteer on projects to make a difference within the community and our developing Youth Advice Centres (YAC).
What is a Your Way YAC?
It’s a place where young people aged 11-25 years old can access information, advice and support from a range of services under one roof. Young People Cornwall’s (YPC) pre-existing Youth Centre The House in St Austell is our first YAC to launch. Open Mondays to Fridays it brings together YPC’s Youth Clubs, Find Your Way, Pentreath, Carefree, the CSW Group and Kooth Counselling. Between us we provide young people with someone to talk to, information, advice, mentoring, counselling and support. Our centres will offer drop in sessions to young people as well as space for young people and workers to meet.
Our aim is to provide young people in a local area with a safe and friendly environment where they can talk in a 1-1 setting with a worker, but where they can bring a friend, parent or carer along with them if they wish. They can access information, advice and support around a wide range of topics including:
Sexual Health – Access to the C Card (free condom) scheme, relationship support, pregnancy testing and chlamydia screening.
Emotional Health and Wellbeing – Anger management advice, self-esteem support, self-harm, stress and anxiety, bullying support and help accessing mental health support, mentoring and counselling.
Housing, Homelessness, Benefits and Budgeting – Help filling in forms and support to make claims, review and appeal decisions, maximising income, housing options and support, budgeting and money management advice.
Employment, Education and Training – Looking at the range of options available and the range of support you can access to help find and support you in a job, training and education.
We are looking to expand the range of services delivered from our Youth Advice Centres so that young people can easily access more help when they need it. If you are interested in joining the partnership or simply finding out more please contact Mel Carne: [email protected].
Need a safe and confidential place to talk about your mental health and wellbeing?
Mind Your Way will help you to look after your mental health and wellbeing through counselling and mentoring, both online and face to face. We also run small activity based groups around the county.
Do you need information, advice or guidance?
Our team will support you on a variety of issues including health, wellbeing, benefits, housing, money management and we will help you access other services to meet your needs.
Got an idea for a project within your community but don’t know where to start?
Our workers will support you and your community in setting up and running your own activities and sessions. We can also provide training to those involved and help to secure funding.
A partnership programme focused on preventing the onset of mental ill health.
Our Youth and Community Facilitators will help you develop tools to look after your emotional health and wellbeing. As well as supporting your Community groups, parents and carers seeking advice.
Need help now?
We are not an emergency or crisis service. If you need to speak to someone urgently call your GP or family doctor!
Childline up to 19yrs : 0800 1111
The Samaritans: 116 123
In an emergency go to A&E or call 999
You can also find support online via www.kooth.com
If you are concerned about the safety of a child or young person please contact the Multi-Agency Referral Unit (MARU) on 0300 123 1116 (01208 251300 out of hours), or the Police.