Published on: Wednesday 1st August 2018

Redhill has become the latest location in a network of safe spaces for young people who are distressed or worried about how they are feeling.

 

The CYP Haven Redhill is a safe and friendly space for anyone aged ten to eighteen to speak in confidence one of our trained staff. From Wednesday 8 August the centre will be open three days each week and young people can drop in without an appointment whenever they need to talk.

 

The service runs out of The Annexe at the Redhill Family Centre on Station Road, Redhill, and will be open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 4pm to 8:30pm, and on Sundays from 12 to 6pm. Staffed by an occupational therapist, a children’s rights worker and a youth worker, the service offers advice and support to any young person in distress or crisis, or who need help dealing with difficult life events and circumstances. Workshops and activities are also available to help young people develop new skills and coping mechanisms.

 

The CYP Haven Redhill is part of a two year pilot project aimed at providing an alternative to Accident and Emergency services for young people who are struggling to cope. The first CYP Haven opened in Guildford in May 2017 and now receives around 40 visits each month. Epsom gained a CYP Haven in March 2018 and CYP Haven Staines opened in May. CYP Havens are provided by in partnership with Surrey County Council and are funded by Surrey’s Clinical Commissioning Groups.

 

Clare Sartin, our CYP Haven Lead, said: “We’re delighted to now be opening a CYP Haven in Redhill, as this means even more young people will be able to get confidential and informal support when they need it most. Studies have shown that helping young people deal with mental health problems or crises early in life greatly improves the chances of recovery, and the CYP Haven network is really making a difference in ensuring that young people in our area have access to services that can help them when they need it.”

More information about CYP Havens is available at www.cyphaven.net