What support can we offer to parents?
Centre 33 is a young people’s organisation, and while we recognise that it is very hard to be anxious about your young person’s well-being, we do not offer any direct support to parents or concerned family and friends except in the case of young carers – see here.
However, we can recommend Young Minds for support and guidance for parents. They have lots of information on their website, as well as a helpline – visit: www.youngminds.org.uk/for_parents
An organisation that offers parent-to-parent support, particularly around self-harm is pinpoint – visit: www.pinpoint-cambs.org.uk/Pinpoint-Self-Harm-Support-for-Cambridgeshire-parent-carers
Pinpoint can also support parents of young people with additional needs, including mental health needs.
If you are concerned your young person maybe having suicidal thoughts then this website has useful information
This website has a lot of useful information
The Samaritans also have information on helping a young person you’re worried about
Please encourage your young person to contact us directly. If you need to start the phone call and hand the phone to them, that is fine as well. We realise that first call can be hard.
All our counselling sessions are held one-to-one. However, in some circumstances, the young person can be joined for the first few minutes of their first session by a parent or friend to make the first step into counselling easier for them. Note: this would not be the case in a school setting.
All our services are private and confidential and unless the young person has given their permission, we would not talk with parents, or anybody else about the content of counselling sessions.
However parents can be rest assured that if we have concerns about a young person’s health or wellbeing we would encourage the young person to speak to parents or friends.
If you do have any questions regarding our service in general you can email us on email@example.com.
In some cases we might feel it appropriate to pass on information to the young person’s GP or other relevant professionals but would always inform the young person first.
Centre 33 has a well-established counselling service, which has been running for over 30 years and has a very good reputation in the area. All our staff and volunteers are trained, experienced, and DBS checked. Centre 33 is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and we have committed to following the BACP ethical framework.
Young Carers Project
“I feel sad and lonely sometimes because no-one understands what it’s like at home with Mum being so sick.” Cody 14
Centre 33 provides a range of free and confidential services for 8-18 year old young carers who live in Cambridgeshire.
Parents and family members
If you are concerned about a young carer in your family and think they could benefit from some support you can organise a referral .
To make a referral
To make a referral to the Young Carers Project please download our referral form here.
Referrals must be made with the consent of the young person and parent/guardian before being returned to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you know a young carer who would benefit from a statutory Young Carers Assessment then please e-mail email@example.com for more information.
“Mum had been drinking whilst I was out, when I got home she lost it and threw me out, I called Kate who knows what’s going on, I trust her as we’ve spent lots of time working out plans for this kind of situation, it helped a lot.” Fiona 16