Information and advice for young people
Where can I go for advice and information?
The Space@Connexions work with young people who have left school but are under 19 years old, to help them find employment, education or training. We also work with young people aged 19 to 25 and for whom an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan is maintained.
We offer advice and support on a range of issues including:
- housing and homelessness
- welfare rights
- sexual health advice
- C scheme (issue of condoms for ages 12 -25 years)
- training and employment
- chlamydia screening
- pregnancy testing
If we cannot answer your query we will probably know who can. Alternatively, contact us for advice and check our Facebook page for updates.
We are open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5pm.
Sexual Health Clinic
The Sexual Health Clinic at Space@Connexions offers free and confidential sexual health and wellbeing advice for under 25 year olds, including:
- emergency contraception
- sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
- contraception choices
- free condoms.
You can book an appointment by:
- telephoning the Information and Booking Line on 0800 328 3383
- visiting the walk-in clinic at 8 Curzon Street, Derby, DE1 1LL
If you are worried that you have an STI, we recommend that you are tested, particularly if you have recently changed partners. Most infections can be cured. We will help you get the treatment you need.
You can order a free and confidential STI testing kit online. The kits are posted in a plain envelope to your letter box. Results are quick and can be sent to your mobile phone.
Opening hours (except for bank holidays):
Tuesday from 2.30pm to 6pm
Saturday from 12.30pm to 4pm
Please note, coil fitting and removal is not available at the clinic - please telephone the Information and Booking Line on 0800 328 3383 to make an appointment at London Road Community Hospital.
What's going on for young people in Derby?
- Youth clubs - find out what's happening in your area.
- Duke of Edinburgh award.
- The Movement - activities and more for 11 to 16 year olds.
Where can I look up information myself?
As well as giving our own advice and support, there are many other organisations you can contact us. Please use the links on this page to get information on a range of issues. Telephone numbers are also given where available.
Advice and support
- Childline - is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK. Children and young people can call 0800 1111 to talk about any problems, including bullying, mental health, health, exams, eating disorders or families.
- The Samaritans - call 08457 90 90 90. They can provide emotional support 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
- Youth2Youth - a help line run by young people for young people. Call 020 8896 3675.
- Kidscape - anti-bullying charity website with information, downloads, FAQ and training.
- BullyingUK - information from one of the country’s leading anti-bullying charities.
Drugs and alcohol
- FRANK - a national website containing information and advice for young people about drugs.
- Addaction - website of Britain’s largest drug and alcohol treatment charity.
- Phoenix Futures - the leading provider of care and rehabilitation services for people with drug and alcohol problems in the UK.
- Beat - general information and a help line about eating disorders, with particular reference to anorexia and bulimia nervosa.
- Jobcentre Plus - government job finding website, with vacancies and information.
- This Is Derbyshire - popular local job search website for Derby.
- Apprenticeships - comprehensive help and information about all aspects of apprenticeships.
- National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) - gateway to contact with hundreds of different.
Voluntary organisations around the UK
- vInspired - access into volunteering for young people.
- NHS - basic information and advice on various illnesses and conditions for the general public.
- BBC Health - an easy to use website containing a wide range of information for people of all ages, on general health, fitness, sexual and mental health.
- NHS - information for the public on national and local National Health Service organisations and services.
- Embarrassing Problems - advice on health problems that are difficult or embarrassing to discuss.
- The Mix - a non-judgemental site run by charity YouthNet UK, providing various information, including drugs, alcohol, sexual health, the law, employment and finances.
- Youth Information - the National Youth Agency’s online site for young people.
- Thinkuknow? - staying safe online. Advice for 11 to 16 year olds.
Housing and homelessness
- Housing advice - young people - our advice for young people.
- Shelter - details of housing initiatives run by this charity, also with policy and news about homelessness.
- YMCA - Young Men's Christian Association - site of the largest provider of safe, secure and affordable supported housing for young people.
- Foyer Federation - large network of local services to support young homeless people with training and accommodation.
- Young Minds - young minds website offers information to young people about mental health and emotional wellbeing.
- MIND – the national information line is 08457 660 163 is available from 9.15am to 5.15pm Monday to Friday. Our local help line number is 01332 772300.
- SANE - SANEline is a national out-of-hours telephone help line offering emotional support and information for people affected by mental health problems. Call 0845 767 8000.
- Rethink - Rethink works to help everyone affected by severe mental illness recover a better quality of life. Call 0845 456 0455.
- Papyrus - prevention of young suicide. Call 08000 684 141.
Money and finance
- National Debtline - Free and independent advice line for people in debt.
- Department for Work and Pensions - information and advice about benefits.
- HM Revenue & Customs - general government advice regarding income tax and national insurance.
- R U Thinking? - a website especially for under 18s. The website gives information on contraception, sex and relationships. It allows you to search for services anywhere in the UK. The helpline is 0800 28 29 30.
- Family Planning Association - enabling people to make informed choices about sex. Call 0845 122 8690.
- Brook - provides free confidential sexual health advice and services specifically for young people under 25. Helpline 0800 0185 023.
- British Pregnancy Advisory Service - Britain’s main provider of abortion services and consultation, also providing contraception.
- The National Chlamydia Screening Programme - find your local free service.
- Stonewall - lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender equality organisation.
- Derbyshire LGBT+ - Derbyshire LGBT+ is a voluntary agency offering free confidential advice, information and supportive listening for lesbians, gay men and bisexuals, including their families and friends.
- Coram - offers advice, support and information to young people about pregnancy.
- Smokefree - the NHS national campaign site and their local services index designed to assist the public in giving up smoking.
- iQuit - an interactive site for young people about smoking.
- Legal Aid Agency - runs the legal aid system in the UK and Wales. Offering information, advice and representation.
- Citizens Advice Bureau - the National Association of Citizens Advice Bureau, with an advice line and details of local offices.
- DirectGov - the UK government’s own website, legal advice and information about all areas of life.
If you have a question or comment regarding the information and advice for young people please complete the information and advice for young people form.