Support for young people

Life can be tough and confusing when you are young. That's why services are there to help throughout the local area.

Visit the Connexions 360 website for information on a range of services designed to support young people. The website has information about what you can do about issues which are affecting your mental health. This may be anything from severe panic or fear, bullying, taking drugs and drinking too much, hearing voices or seeing things, not wanting to be with your family or friends or wanting to harm yourself. Alternatively you can talk to someone in confidence through:

  • Childline – 0800 1111 or
  • Samaritans – 0845 790 90 90 or email

A Young Carers Service is provided by Care for the Carers to young people aged 8 to 18 who are caring for a parent or other family member. The service offers 1:1 support to help young carers manage their caring responsibilities alongside their education and social lives. For more information contact them on 01323 738390 or visit their website at

YMCA DownsLink Group run a drop-in service for disadvantaged or disengaged young people at Charlie’s Youth Access Centre at 56 Seaside, Eastbourne BN22 7QL providing everything from 1:1 support and advice to cooking facilities and internet access. You can drop in during opening hours on Mondays from 11am to 2pm, Wednesdays from 3-6pm, Thursdays from 2-5pm and Sundays 1-4pm. Contact the Centre on 01323 411718 or by email: They also offer a wide range of other services, some of which are listed on our Young People page

Youth Drop In Newhaven, is a service that  provides free advice, information and support to all young people aged 11 to 18 years provided by qualified and experienced youth workers. Taking place at Denton Island Community centre in Newhaven every Wednesday 4pm-6pm. For more information contact them on 01273 517250                                                                                                                                       or 07920526224, or