Shropshire Council

Time to Talk Next Steps - Support

31 August 2023 Last updated at 03:31

Free support for young people with additional needs and their families

About the Programme

Time to Talk Next Steps provides free support for young people aged 16-25 years in England with additional needs. It is for young people who are experiencing anxiety, isolation and who have limited or no plans for the future. In partnership with the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi), Contact are providing support, information and workshops for parents and carers about transition to adulthood. The project is generously funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.

What Support Is Available for Young People?

Depending on what each young person wants and needs, there are various types of support available:

  • One-to-One Online Sessions with a supporter to discuss future plans
  • Training Opportunities to become a peer supporter or to deliver training for professionals
  • Peer Support to regularly link up with other young people
  • Useful Contacts & Networks in your area

Support will be tailored to each individual

Our trained staff will focus on: strengths, reducing anxiety, building confidence and countering social isolation

This project will help young people to think about building independence by providing encouragement and motivation for their future

What Support Is Available for Parents & Carers?

Through Time to Talk Next Steps, Contact can provide the following services to support you as a parent or carer

  • Preparing for Adulthood Workshops to explore how to support young people into adulthood
  • Listening Ear Appointments with a family support adviser
  • Contact Helpline for advice, information and support

How to Request Support

Visit the webpage for more information and links to the request for support forms:

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