Posted by Kat Heath on 02 Sep 2018

Life for teenagers and young people is becoming increasingly stressful and confusing.   Expectations academically and socially through the rise of social media on top of peer pressure from fellow contemporaries are resulting in increasingly high levels of mental health issues and behavioural problems within the 11-19 age bracket.

According to the Guardian 75% of mental health and behavioural problems start before a childs 18th birthday, with 10% of school children have a diagnosed mental health problem.
So with these statistics in mind it isn’t surprising that there is a demand for support and guidance within the 11-18 age group.

The closures of youth centres across the country means that many young people haven’t access to a safe space to interact with others their own age outside the school and social media sphere.  There is no outlet for their energy or creativity leading to boredom and the temptation of falling into the realms of antisocial behaviour.  Luckily within the Epsom and Ewell Families area there are a number of accessible youth centres and youth mentoring services aimed at 11-18 and in some cases up to 25 with SENS.
Below are a list of those services:

CYP Haven
Focus Youth Centre,
9 Depot Road, Epsom, KT17 4RJ

This service is running weekly workshops for 11-18 year olds every Saturday 3-5pm until the 20th October covering subjects such as self esteem, self harm, exam and study stress and more, you can find more information here.

The Edge Youth Centre
Rowden Road,
Ewell, KT19 9QA

A free and safe place for 11-19 year olds  (25 SENS) to have access to help, advice and to develop life skills such as Photography, babysitting, theatre and street dance. There is also a music studio too.
Open every Friday 4.30-6.30pm.

Surrey Care Trust
The Crescent,  Heathside Crescent,
Woking, GU22 7AG
Contact: 01483 426990

Providing training and mentoring support for young people within Surrey.
Paying close attention to those with a poor education, a low skill set or those with limited opportunities.
Programmes include:
Steps to 16.
Many of the mentoring programmes for those out of work or training take place throughout the borough of Reigate and Banstead.
For more information visit the website.

Jigsaw 4 U.
40 Mill Green Road,
Mitcham, CR4 4HY
Contact: 020 8687 1384

A charity led organisation that offers mentoring and support to young people throughout Surrey and South West London.
Various programmes include, mentoring, promoting self confidence, 1hr weekly visits for secondary school transition, developing new life skills and access to day trips such as the seaside or art galleries.
Jigsaw 4 U also provide parental bereavement councelling and help with mental health issues.
Visit the website for more information.

MAPS (Mentoring and Peer Support)
Volunteer Centre,
31 West Street, Sutton, SM1 1SJ
Contact: 020 8661 5900

MAPS is an award winning early intervention mentoring project that helps young vulnerable teens facing challenging circumstances such as bereavement, abuse, low self esteem or a low skill set.
A mentor will visit them once a week for a year providing them with a positive role model to help combat issues they may have.
For more information visit the website:

As well as the list above your local Sure Start Centre has links to resources within the Surrey 0-19 team.

If you know of a child who maybe at risk of harm from abuse please contact the police or social services.

Let’s look after our local youth!

Kat xx

Kat Heath
Kat Heath is a qualified beauty therapist and a mum of two boys, Harry and Elliott.

Kat also has been a marketing ambassador and blogger for many on-line mummy sites as well as working as a therapist for Decleor, Clarins and Guinot within Selfridges, Peter Jones and John Lewis.

Her passions are fashion, interiors, wellbeing and food!

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