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Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Children & Young People Mental Health Support

Who else can help me?


Below is a list of local support that you may find helpful, many of these you can access yourself right away.  If negative feelings don't go away, are too much for you to cope with, or are stopping you from carrying on with your normal life, then ask for help. If you are worried about making the first step. then accessing one of these services or speaking to your GP is a great way to start.  

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Centre 33 offers a range of support for young people (up to 26th birthday) in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Centre 33 can help with all sorts of issues from housing, sexual health and money worries to family problems and bullying, no matter how big or small the problem is.

‘Someone to Talk To’ drop-in sessions and a helpline operate across the county 5 days a week. They also provide a schools counselling service and a young carers’ project. Centre 33 have an open access policy and young people can refer themselves to the service, by dropping in or phoning.

For more information on the Centre 33 service visit their website or call (0333 4141809) or email (help@centre33.org.uk).

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Support for Young Carers

Young adult carers are young people aged 16-25 who provide unpaid care for a family member or friend with an illness or disability, mental health condition or an addiction. 

Centre 33 is here for all young people across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough with emotional and practical support.  If you are a young adult carer aged 16-18 we can help with assessments, one to one support, specialist carer groups, information and advice, along with support around your transitions. See below for further information about the support we offer. 

Centre 33 work in partnership with Caring Together and Making Space who are able to provide support to carers aged 18 and above. Caring Together provide information and advice for carers, run services in local communities and campaign for carers’ rights and Making Space support those caring for an adult living with a mental health condition.  

What help and support do we offer?


If you’re struggling with your caring role and would like some extra support, please get in touch with us and let us know. We’re able to offer 4-6 sessions of one to one support for young carers with complex caring needs which could include practical and/or emotional support, advocacy, activities and support to access other services. We can provide these sessions at a time or location that is convenient for you.

Due to Covid-19 we are currently providing this one to one support over the phone or online through Zoom. We hope it won’t be long before we’re able to start offering in person support again, as soon as we’re able to do this we will let you know.


Young carers in year 11 and above will be entitled to a transitions assessment. We know that periods of change can be particularly difficult for young carers, and that young carers can feel like they have to choose between their future aspirations and caring for their family. To find out more about the transitions support we are able to offer please get in touch with us. 

 How can I get involved?

You can drop into Centre 33 and we can help you access support. Find details of our different hubs here. Due to Covid-19, these hubs are currently closed, we will let you know when this changes.

If you are aged 16-18 and would like to access support from the young carers service you will need to complete an online referral form which can be found here. Parents/guardians or any professionals working with you can complete this referral form for you on your behalf as long as you consent to the referral being made. If you are aged 13 or over you can complete this referral form yourself and do not need parental permission.

If you have any questions or would like some further information about the support we provide please get in touch with us.

Email: youngcarers@centre33.org.uk

Phone: 0333 4141 809

Text/WhatsApp: 07514783745

Note about  permission

At Centre 33 all our services are confidential. That means we will not tell anyone, without your permission, that you are in contact with us or what you tell us. If you are in the young carers project then your parents or carers and sometimes your college are informed and involved unless it is not appropriate or you don’t want them to be. We can discuss this with you.

That would only change if we thought you or someone else was at risk of serious harm. If we did have to talk to someone else to help keep you safe, we would always try to talk to you about that first.

New Horizons at Centre 33

New Horizons is a partnership of 7 organisations across the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership. Centre 33 has a New Horizons Coach in their team.

If you are experiencing money issues that are causing a barrier to

  • moving closer to work
  • using the internet and getting on-line to save money and get better deals
  • getting into training and job seeking

contact Sam on Sam@centre33.org.uk or 0333 4141 809

Sam can meet with you in a comfortable one-to-one setting and support you in forming a plan to enable you to get closer to your goals. You can ask for support with CV writing application form skills, interview skills, exploring volunteer options, exploring education/training options, help with getting online, support in starting to job search or anything else that may help you move forward.

Kooth LogoKooth – opening the door for mental health support for children and young people Find out how young people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough can access help and support with their mental health and emotional well-being without a referral via Kooth.

Kooth is a confidential and anonymous online service for young people, specifically developed to make it easy and safe for young people to access mental health support as and when they need it, while removing any associated stigma. Once signed up, Kooth users have access to BACP trained counsellors available until 10pm, 365 days a year, peer-to-peer support through moderated forums, and a range of self-help materials, co-written by other young people. Any young person aged 11-18 years olds (up to 19th birthday) with a Cambridgeshire and Peterborough postcode can access the service for free.

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You can watch the Kooth video here.

CHUMS Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing ServiceCHUMS

Offers support to children and young people with mild to moderate mental health difficulties, such as anxiety and low mood, as well as those with significant emotional wellbeing difficulties arising from life events such as bereavement and bullying.

Referral criteria

  • Peterborough – Up to the age of 18
  • Cambridgeshire – Up to the age of 25

For further information contact:  Peterborough           0330 0581 657     Cambridgeshire       0330 0581 659

Update on Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Service

From 1 July 2021, CHUMS will no longer be delivering the Emotional Wellbeing Service in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. From 1 July, a new service called Younited will be providing support for children and young people with their emotional wellbeing and mental health. 

We would like to reassure those already referred to CHUMS that the new service will continue to support you with your mental wellbeing, and this change will not affect the level of support offered to you.  Children and young people will be contacted by the new service in due course.

Younited will be provided by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) under a partnership agreement with Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, Centre 33, and Ormiston Families.

Professionals will be able to make a new referral to the Younited service from 1 July 2021.

Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre

Offers free specialist support to women and girls across Cambridgeshire who have been impacted by rape and sexual violence, no matter when that abuse happened.

Every year, their confidential, non-judgemental and user-led services support more than one thousand women and girls to not only cope and recover from the impacts of sexual violence but to go on to flourish and thrive.

If you have experienced sexual violence, no matter when the abuse occurred, they are here for you with emotional support, counselling, advocacy support and advice. They want you to know that you are not alone.

They have a helpline number: 01223 245 888 that it is open:

  • Wednesday 7pm – 9.30pm
  • Thursday 7pm – 9.30pm
  • Sunday 10am – 12.30pm

Or if you would prefer to receive support from them by email, you can contact: support@cambridgerapecrisis.org.uk and click here for more information

Or please contact them via their live chat on Fridays 10am – 12.30pm. Click here for more info. 

They also offer counselling - for more info please see here. 


The Partnership brings together key agencies across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough with the aim of reducing the harm, risks and costs associated with domestic abuse and sexual violence and to prevent these crimes occurring across Cambridgeshire.

Please visit their website to find information about domestic abuse and sexual violence, including advice leaflets and how to access local services.

Do you need help? Click on the logo below to go to The Hideout website

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STARS offer 1:1 pre and post bereavement counselling support to children and young people up to the age of 25 years old, who live in Cambridgeshire, (not currently Peterborough). Referrals can be made by young people if over 16 years of age or they can ask parents, carers, doctor, teacher or any professional involved in their care to refer for them. Our referral form is accessible via our website www.talktostars.org.uk  Our sessions can be provided the STARS offices in Trumpington in Cambridge or at the child or young person’s school or college. Our aim is it to facilitate counselling support in an environment that feels safe and secure and causes the least disruption to their day.

STARS counsellors also provide telephone guidance and advice if required and can be contacted on 01223 863511 or at info@talktostars.org.uk

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Red Balloon supports young people who self-exclude from school and are missing education because of bullying or other trauma. We provide an academic and therapeutic programme to enable our students to get back on track and reconnect with society.

blue smile

Blue Smile provides arts-based, long term therapy in Cambridgeshire schools, for children aged 3-13 who are struggling with mental and emotional issues. The charity works closely with the school and parents for the best possible outcomes, even for children with the most complex and challenging needs. As well as one to one therapy, they supply staff training and supervision, workshops, group work and parenting programmes.  See their website for the costs and details of these services.

 It is estimated that at any given time up to 200,000 children in the UK are affected by having a parent or close family member in prison. This is more than the number affected by divorce.

Ormiston Families Breaking Barriers is a non-judgemental, early intervention service providing support for children and young people affected by the imprisonment of a close family member.

Through offering tailored one to one support Breaking Barriers aims to reduce anxiety around prison, support emotional wellbeing and assist in engagement with school.

We work in schools, family homes, or wherever a young person feels safe, to help them come to terms with the emotional trauma.


The kite trust

The Kite Trust are Cambridgeshire’s leading organisation working with LGBT+ young people. We are proud to promote the health, well-being, and inclusion of LGBT+ young people across Cambridgeshire; raising awareness, supporting, and educating our local communities.

SLIP (Sex, Law, Internet and Porn) is one of our new initiatives and aims to support both young offenders and any young person who did not fully engage with RSE (Relationships & Sex Education) at school.

The programme is comprised of 6 sessions and is open to young people up to age 18, living in  Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.    

We can tailor SLIP to meet the needs of participants, by running group sessions or taking individual referrals.

SLIP is available to young people age 19-25 and for young people outside of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough for a charge. Please contact us for details.

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Gwydir Street, Cambridge, CB1 2LJ

Tel: 01223 508805


H.A.Y. Peterborough! How Are You? We are bringing together everything in Peterborough that promotes positive mental health. From a friendly ‘how are you’, to activity groups and much more – it’s all taking care of our mental wellbeing. Mental health isn’t something that is good or bad; it’s a continuum, a sliding scale, a constantly shifting state for each and every one of us. We all have mental health and so we all need to take care of our mental health – we don’t wait until we’re physically under the weather to do things we know are good for keeping us physically healthy and the same should be true of our mental health. So, let’s put a spotlight on all those things going on in the community that are good for our mental wellbeing. Click here to see their map and links for all the activities available for children and young people in Peterborough. 

cogwheel trust

The Cogwheel Trust provides counselling support for adults and young people  in Cambridge and the surrounding areas. Parents can refer their child into the service which is based in Cambridge. The Cogwheel Trust is a charity and it asks for donations towards appointments based on income. To find out more visit their website or call 01223 464385.

Arts and Minds logoArts on Prescription is a series of friendly, weekly art workshops for people experiencing depression, stress or anxiety. Led by a professional artist and a qualified counsellor, they offer the chance to experience working with a wide range of materials and techniques, including drawing, printmaking and sculpture. Sessions last for two hours and are open to all abilities – no experience necessary. Workshops continue online for people over 18. 

Red2GreenRed2Green – Helping people in the place they live and progress to volunteering. 

Harvey's Barn
Park End
Swaffham Bulbeck
CB25 0NA

Tel: 01223 811662 x 222

 Healthwatch LogoHealthwatch Peterborough

Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are an independent champion for people who use health and social care services. They listen to what people like about services, what could be improved and share people’s views with those with the power to make change happen. They also help people find the information they need about services in their area. Healthwatch have the power to ensure people’s voices are heard by government and those running services to involve people in decisions that affect them. Their sole purpose is to help make care better for people. Read more about Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough here.


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