Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Children & Young People Mental Health Support


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Centre 33 are here to listen and to help support young people up to the age of 25 living across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough with mental health, caring responsibilities, housing, sexual health and more. They know that sometimes talking to somebody who is not your parent, friend or family member in a confidential and non-judgemental setting can help you to manage the worries and stresses of everyday life better. All of their support is free and confidential*.  

If you need someone to talk to, you can get support from Centre 33 two ways and they encourage you to contact them at a time and in a way that works for you:

1.) You can self-refer by contacting their helpline: 0333 4141809 - they can take your call from Monday to Friday 12noon-5pm and from 10am-1pm on Saturdays. The rest of the time you can leave a message and they’ll call back as soon as they can.

Text/whatsapp 07514 783745 


You can also drop into one of their centres -  it's best to check their website here for the times and locations for when you can do this. You can also message them via their website here. 

2.) They are part of the YOUnited partnership. This is a group of 4 organisations supporting children and young people with their emotional wellbeing and mental health locally from 1st July 2021. A professional can refer you to get help this way (this could be a teacher, GP, social worker etc.) The partnership has been developed in order to alleviate waiting times, gaps in support and confusion about where to go for support.

YOUnited help – up to the age of 17
YOUnited offers a single referral hub for ALL young people aged up to 17 with the support of a professional who can refer you via YOUnited.  You can find out more about the partnership and how to refer here.  If you have been on the waiting list to receive services from CHUMS then you will be updated about your next steps. 

18 to 25 year olds - Young people aged 18 to 25 can self-refer to Centre 33 and the ways to do this are here. 

Do you help to look after someone in your family?

Centre 33's Young Carers Project are there to help.

They work with young carers up to their 19th birthday. They work in schools, groups, one to one and with community groups across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Get in touch if you have questions:
Tel: 0333 4141809
Text/WhatsApp: 07514783745
or fill in their online referral form here.

Centre 33 can also help you with sexual health, housing, support with food and with money, jobs, and benefits - details here.

*Note about permission

All of Centre 33's services are confidential. That means they will not tell anyone, without your permission, that you are in contact with them or what you tell them. 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. They can discuss this with you. 

That would only change if they thought you or someone else was at risk of serious harm. If they did have to talk to someone else to help keep you safe, they would always try to talk to you about that first. You can read about this and also how they keep your information safe here

Kooth Logo and are commissioned to provide an online wellbeing platform which along with text based counselling also includes helpful articles, forums, activity centre, daily journal and messaging. We provide British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy accredited services and Kooth is available to young people aged 11-18 and Qwell is available from 18+ in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. 

The service provides a free and non-judgemental place for people to connect with others and they have instant access to self-help materials and moderated discussion forums. People can also contribute written pieces of work reflecting their own experiences, as well as accessing drop-in or booked sessions with professional counsellors, available 365 days a year, 12pm -10pm on weekdays and 6pm-10pm on weekends. Further information about Qwell can be found here and information about Kooth can be found here.  More information is available by watching these videos: Qwell  Kooth

Text 'HEAR' to 85258 for free, confidential support, 24/7

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: 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.

If you need help, please click on the logo below to go to The Hideout website

Ormiston Families 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. 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 292276 or at

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 up to 300,000 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 aged 5-19 years old, affected by the imprisonment of a close family member.

Through tailored one to one support Breaking Barriers will help children and young people to reduce any anxiety around prison, improve emotional wellbeing and feel happier, more confident and to believe they can make a difference.

We work with children in schools, family homes, or wherever a young person feels safe.

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.

Our counselling service is for anyone, including young people age 11 and above, where issues around e.g. sexual health, HIV, sexuality, sexual identity, sexual relationships, sexual trauma, inappropriate or risky behaviours is affecting their mental health and wellbeing.

Counselling is provided by Lisa Helm-Cowley. Lisa is a fully qualified counsellor, registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Lisa has an excellent knowledge and understanding of the above issues and many years’ experience of counselling people with these issues. 

We will always follow the most up to date Government guidance for COVID, alongside our own policy and procedures. As routine, we will always provide hand sanitiser for client’s use and we will always sanitise the counselling area after each client.

We can offer up to 12 sessions per individual or couple and sessions take place in a safe, confidential and relaxed environment.

Counselling sessions are free for people living in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough but as a registered charity, donations are always welcome. Although limited, we are able to offer online sessions for people who live outside of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The charge for this is £55 per session.

Cambridge venue:          Monday, 10am to 6pm

Peterborough venue:     Tuesday, 10am to 6pm

Huntingdon venue:         Wednesday, 10am to 6pm

Online:                           Thursday and Friday, 10am to 5pm 

To make or discuss a referral to our counselling service please email

DHIVERSE, Office B, Dales Brewery,
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. 


The Young People’s Counselling Service offers young people the support they need with up to 12 sessions of free counselling. This service currently operates out of three locations in Yaxley, Whittlesey and Ramsey. Young people can refer themselves or be referred by a parent/carer, GP, professional or school. Please see here for more details. 

Green Pathways: Peterborough Region Froglife’s Green Pathways project helps vulnerable and disadvantaged young people to take part in positive activities linked to wildlife and conservation in their local community. Peterborough Green Pathways has been running for 12 years, reaching thousands of children and young people across Peterborough and surrounding areas.

Green Pathways sessions are delivered to a diversity of young people, with the main aim of the project to deliver a practical conservation project in the young person’s local area. The project will improve wildlife and conservation knowledge as well as increasing, confidence, social skills and aspirations. 

This ecotherapy style project is based on scientific research that suggests being outdoors and connecting with nature, has a hugely positive effect on an individual. It helps improve physical and mental health, as well as having a positive impact on learning, behaviour and social skills for people of all ages and abilities

For more information about the project, or to refer a group, please contact Clare Middleton the Learning Officer for the Peterborough Green Pathways project:

or click here for information about the project 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.


At Relate Cambridgeshire we believe that serious mental health issues in children can be prevented with early help. We can offer that help.
We have funding from BBC Children in Need to support the children and young people of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to offer a FREE programme of Counselling.
With this FREE counselling we help children and young people to express their feelings, have an increased sense of self-acceptance, improve their ability to cope with change, and importantly, to be happier.
Please call us on 01302 347866 to register, or email for further information about this service.

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