121 Youth Support

Are you LGBTQ+, 11-18, and living in Devon?

Proud2Be offers FREE 121 support where you can be who you are and talk about what you want with a kind and supportive LGBTQ+ youth worker.

It is likely that you will have some questions – we have answered the most frequently asked questions that we get asked by young people about the service:

Do I have to?

No. This support is entirely voluntary and is led by you. You get to decide whether this support is right for you and whether or not you want to give it a go.

What will happen at the sessions?

Again this is led by you! Youth workers can meet you at school, at home, outside (if it’s dry), at a cafe or at the Proud2Be Hub in Newton Abbot.
You can do some crafts, play board games, fill in some workshop sheets or just chat! This is your safe space to explore things that are important to you with someone who is not a friend/family member/teacher/social worker.

How many sessions will I have?

You can have up to 12 sessions (usually lasting an hour each) but you may not feel you need that many – this will be led by you!

You can also have a trial session with no pressure to continue if it doesn’t feel right for you – you can always get in touch with us at a later date if you change your mind.

Is this the same as counselling?

This support is not counselling and our youth workers are not counsellors. If we felt that a counsellor would be better placed to give support, we would talk about this with you at the assessment.

Will you have to tell others about what I talk about in the sessions?

We are committed to ensuring that you feel free to share information with a youth support worker in a confidential manner.

You can expect that any information you give to a youth support worker is treated as sensitive and confidential and will not be shared UNLESS:

  • You ask us to
  • We believe that you, or another person, is in danger or is being harmed. We would always try to talk to you about this first.
  • You disclose that you are involved, or plan to become involved in acts of terrorism.
  • We are told we have to by law, for example for a court case.

Being LGBTQ+ in itself is not a safeguarding issue and for this reason, we wouldn’t share information about your identity with anyone else in your life – unless you ask us to.

Who can make a referral?

You can refer yourself into the service (if you are aged 13 or above), or be referred by a parent/carer/guardian or someone who works with you (like a teacher, GP or social worker).

If you are referring on behalf of a young person, please talk to the young person first about what is on offer and whether they would like some extra support.

I am interested, what happens next?

  • Fill in this referral form
  • Once you have completed the referral form, Maya (our 121 support coordinator) will be in touch to arrange an informal assessment (either in person or via zoom)
  • If you are eligible for support and you feel that it is right for you, Maya will arrange your first meeting with a youth worker where you can start to get to know them and ask any questions you may have

If you have any questions please email maya@proud2be.org.uk

Alternatively, you can call us on 0333 772 1187 to speak to one of our team or request a call back with Maya


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