We can offer you a wide range of information or put you in touch with someone who can help you.
National Careers Service
The National Careers Service for young people in England, provided by the Department for Education.
If you’re aged 13 to 19 you can contact an adviser for information, advice and support on a range of issues.
The service offers free, confidential, non-judgemental, impartial and young-person centred information, advice and support on a range of issues including careers, education and learning. Trained advisers provide support to young people via the website https://www2.cxdirect.com/home.htm by web-chat https://www2.cxdirect.com/index.htm and e-mail https://www2.cxdirect.com/email.htm, over the phone on 0808 0013 2 19 and by SMS on 07766 413 219 between 8am and 2am, everyday of the year.
Services for Young People (formerly Connexions, Education Welfare Service and Youth Service)
The key purpose of the new SfYP (established May 2011) is to provide support to children, young people and their families who are experiencing difficulties participating in education, training and employment. Staffed by Young People’s Workers from a range of professional backgrounds, they can offer support to improve school attendance and engagement and to find employment and training opportunities.
Their aim is to ensure that all young people can progress into adulthood with the confidence and skills to achieve their full potential. Referrals are usually made by school staff or other professionals, but families and young people can contact the service directly, to ask if they are eligible for support.
The service has statutory responsibility for addressing issues around none school attendance and young people not in education, employment or training. It also offers transition support to young people with disabilities.
For further and more detailed information visit SMBC’s website
The Young People’s Advice, Information and Health Clinic - Central Youth provides free confidential advice, information and counselling on many issues affecting young people. No appointment is necessary to discuss things like sexual health, housing, health and money. Their office is at 1 St Peters Square, Stockport SK1 1NZ.
Care to Learn
If you are a young parent under 20 and you start learning, you can get help with childcare costs. Contact us for more details of who can help.
The New 16 to 19 Bursary Fund
From September 2011, young people who need some financial support to help them stay in education or training after 16 can apply to their school, college or training provider for the new 16-19 Bursary Fund. For more information see our downloadable factsheet - The new 16-19 bursary Fund