hat is Changes YP?

Changes YP is a peer support service for adolescents and young adults in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire. We offer support and advice for children and young people who are suffering from any degree of mental distress, from low self-esteem and low confidence to those with more enduring health problems.

We deliver support groups and wellbeing workshops in schools, colleges and sixth forms and in the local community.

What is a support group?

A support group is an informal meeting run by young people for young people. Meetings follow an agenda and recovery programme and are run by specially trained coordinators who are open, patient and friendly.

Meetings provide support, understanding and acceptance; they are a great way of meeting people going through similar experiences.

By participating in support groups, you are given the chance to become the helper and be helped.

What is a wellness workshop?

Wellbeing workshops are fun interactive courses designed to help you improve your self-esteem and confidence as well as giving you the opportunity to help others.  You learn ways to think and feel better, gain a healthier body image, understand anger, improve relationships, find healthier coping skills and much more.

Where do Changes YP work and who with?

We work with 8-18 year olds in Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme and Staffordshire Moorlands and 16-25 year olds in Stafford and surround. We are based at Changes Wellbeing Centre in Stoke but deliver Wellness Programmes and Peer Support Meetings in schools, colleges and community settings. To organise the delivery of a Wellness Programme in your school or college, contact us.

Who can refer a young person?

Anyone! A young person can self-refer or be referred to us by a parent, carer or professional. Once you’ve contacted us to make the referral we’ll arrange an initial consultation to meet with the young person, discuss the reasons for referral and explain what Changes YP does and what support they can access.

What else do Changes YP do?

We have an active social calendar including sport, music and art activities to help build confidence, meet new people and have fun!

We also run training sessions for professionals working with children and young people.

So what do I do now?

There is no waiting list, no referral needed, just contact us for an informal and friendly chat.

Can I volunteer?

We have loads of volunteer opportunities from office-based duties to creative and PR work. We also run an accredited training programme for those interested in helping to deliver the service and support young people experiencing mental distress. For more information contact us.