Support for Young People


If you are a young person living in South Tyneside, there are adults that you can ask for help from when your life becomes tricky.

Asking for help can sometimes be hard, but you are not alone.  Everyone’s family life is different and you will know best who you feel most comfortable talking to. This could be:

  • Your family – parents or carers, siblings, grandparents, aunties, uncles, or cousins
  • Trusted friends – your own friends, friends of the family, neighbours 
  • Professionals – The Early Help Family Work Team, schoolteacher, GP, a social worker, therapist or youth worker.
  • A community group
  • A faith leader 

In South Tyneside, we have a team called the Early Help Family Work team. We work with children, young people and adults who are important to you. Our aim is to work with you all to make the changes you want to make which might make your life easier.

These changes could be with school, home, your parent’s relationships and how they communicate with each other, your relationship with your parents and how you communicate together, or something just might not feel right.

We have developed this tool – we call it the wheel, to help you and us think about how we might be able to help you.

If you feel that you would like to talk through support for you and your family, please give us a call on 0191 424 5210 or maybe speak to an adult you trust and ask them to help you.

Support Available

South Tyneside Youth Service

South Tyneside Youth Service gives young people the chance to get involved in exciting youth projects across the Borough. Projects offer a safe space for young people to:

  • relax and have fun
  • engage with informal education
  • access creative and sporting activities
  • go on trips (including residential trips)
  • take part in social action/community projects
  • opportunities to develop personal, social, and emotional skills
  • Projects are based around young people’s own interests, experiences and are youth-led.

If you would like more information about any projects please contact Gayle Snowball, Senior Youth Worker, South Tyneside Youth Service on 0191 424 0118 or email:

Follow South Tyneside Youth Service on social media:

Facebook: South Tyneside Youth Service

Instagram: @stc_youthservice

Free holiday activities

Eligible children across South Tyneside will continue to access free, nutritious food and engaging activities over the school holidays, as the government has confirmed funding for the holiday activities and food programme (HAF) throughout 2024. These free holiday clubs will continue to run to support parents with childcare costs over the holidays.

Activities include:

  • football
  • multi-sports camps
  • creative sessions
  • cooking classes

This allows South Tyneside to provide for families who are eligible for benefit related free school meals.

Who can attend:

To be eligible to attend the free winter holiday club activities, children and young people must:

  • live in South Tyneside, and
  • be 5 to 16 years old, and
  • be eligible for benefit related, or be in a family currently experiencing hardship

We are operating on a trust-based booking system which will hopefully allow families who will really benefit from free meals and activities, to access them.

Bright Futures

Bright Futures are an award-winning charity supporting young women up to the age of 25 helping them tackle some of life’s biggest challenges such as alcohol misuse, domestic abuse, unemployment, poor mental health and wellbeing, sexual abuse and exploitation.

They are there to Support, Educate, Empower and Influence – giving young women a brighter future.

To find out more about how Bright Futures can support you, click here.

Social Prescribing Team

The Social Prescribing Team’s aim is to make a difference to the lives of the people they work with, through promoting the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to practice self-care.

Their appointments are longer than typical GP appointments which gives you more time to talk about what matters to you.

Here are some of the things that people often like to talk about:

  • Feeling down, stressed or anxious
  • Managing health conditions and symptoms
  • Keeping active
  • Benefits, money and housing problems
  • Making healthier choices
  • Reducing smoking or alcohol
  • Loneliness
  • Caring for someone

They can support you to:

  • Identify what is affecting well-being and how you would like things to be different
  • Build knowledge, motivation and confidence to make changes
  • Set and achieve personal goals to improve well-being
  • Connect with people, activities, groups and opportunities in your area
  • Develop strategies for managing mental and/or physical health conditions

Anything discussed will be kept confidential however if an individual discloses information which highlights that someone is at risk, we may need to share this with relevant organisations.

Anyone aged 16 or over living in South Tyneside can access our services free-of-charge. Find out more below:

South Tyneside Social Prescribing Service

Healthy Minds

Healthy Minds is a supportive team of professionals who work with children and young people as an early intervention to prevent stress and improve mental health outcomes.

This is a free NHS service available for school/college pupils and their families to develop skills and promote positive wellbeing. Healthy Minds aim to ensure children and young people enjoy life and can establish coping strategies to manage thoughts, feelings, and behaviours.

They offer evidence-based treatments, including individual and group work to support a variety of common mental health issues including Low Mood and Depression, Bullying, Self-Harming Behaviours and more.

South Tyneside Lifecycle Primary Care Mental Health Service



Support for people with special educational needs and disabilities:

The South Tyneside local offer can offer young people with SEND information and signpost to a range of services including assessments, care services, direct payments and much more. Details can be found here.

SEND Parent Carer forum

The forum work with strategic bodies, service providers and commissioners to make sure that they meet the needs of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families.

Their overall mission is to work with these groups to represent the views and experiences of children, young people and parent carers in the area, and help work towards a brighter future.

They are an independent group and not part of any statutory service.

They received a grant from the Department of Education to allow parents and carers to take part in the development and monitoring of services.

For more details click the link below:

SEND Local Offer: South Tyneside Youth Service.

The Toby Henderson Trust

The Toby Henderson Trust (TTHT) is an independently funded charity supporting autistic children, young people and adults, their families and carers in the North East of England.

They provide relevant, appropriate and accessible support for autistic young people from two years into adulthood, whilst also empowering parents, families and carers by sharing knowledge, experience and understanding.  They acknowledge that everyone’s situation is unique and encourage you to contact them to discuss how they can offer individual support.

The Toby Henderson Trust

Looking after yourself

For general information and advice about looking after yourself and staying well, click here.