Children & young people

Calderdale Open Minds

Website for young people

Open Minds website provides advice, information, support and
signposting to children and young people about emotional health and wellbeing. Open Minds has been developed after extensive input and consultation with young people, as well as a range of professionals

Noah’s Ark Counselling Centre Therapeutic Services for Children & Young People (charges may apply)

Noah’s Ark Centre offer counselling/psychotherapy
to young people aged 11-21, 1:1 therapeutic play to
children aged 5-11 and a facilitated peer support
programme, Rainbows, for children aged 5-11
experiencing loss in various ways.

Referral process: by phone – self-referrals, parents,
schools and other agencies.

Contact the service on 01422 300 457 or

School Nursing

Calderdale School Nurses
030 3330 9974
The Calderdale School Nursing Service supports schools to look after the wellbeing of children and young people aged 5-19 by delivering a range of universal and targeted health services, and providing support for children and young people with medical conditions or vulnerabilities.

School nursing staff are available from Monday to Friday between
2pm-5pm on 030 3330 9974. The school nurse referral form can be found on the webpage.

Time Out 

01422 345154 or 07388 990229

(charges may apply)

Time Out gives young people aged 13-19 access to a range of activities such as arts & crafts, sports & outdoors, singing & drama.

Time Out links up organisations across Calderdale who work
with young people. Time Out also runs courses and workshops,
both in schools and outside of school hours, on topics relating
to emotional wellbeing, such as stress, self-harm and

Time Out is a self-referral scheme but organisations can contact them on a young person’s behalf, with their consent.


Kooth is a safe, confidential and anonymous online counselling
support service for young people age 11 – 25 years. It is free
at the point of need and available through a smartphone, tablet or computer. Kooth helps to reduce wait times for young people seeking help and removes stigma around mental health.

Calderdale Young Carers Service

01422 261207

Calderdale Young Carers Service provides support for children and
young people aged 8–18 years who provide care for a family member living with a physical or mental health problem, learning difficulty, substance misuse or an enduring illness.

The service provides: Information and advice, group activities, social
events, short projects and individual work around their caring role
and issues that they face as children and young people who may be
impacted by their circumstances. Children and young people will
also have the opportunity to undertake a Young Carers Assessment
which may lead to a personalised plan of support or a further family
assessment. Both self-referrals and referrals through the Early
Intervention Panel are welcome.

Identity LGBTQ &  Youth Group

07867 644696 or 07922 574185

Identity offer 1:1 confidential support and advice to young
people regarding sexuality and gender identity and a safe
space for young people to be themselves and make new
friends. We offer a range of activities, chosen by the young
people, from discussion groups and film nights to cooking
and pool.

Referral process: You can self-refer or have a professional or
family contact the service either by phone, text or email.

Young Peoples Service

01422 288276 or 01422 288232

The service works with young people aged 11-25, with its main
emphasis on 13-19 year olds. The work is done through: Open
access youth provision (youth clubs and centres), Targeted
provision, Key Work and Voice and Influence work. The Young People’s Service delivers a range of opportunities and support across the borough of Calderdale, taking a youth work approach to
informal learning and personal development.

Referral process: By doing a referral to the local early intervention panel or by contacting the service directly.

Turning Point Counselling Service

01484 950808

The Turning Point offer help to those aged 14 and above who need someone to talk to, someone who will listen and understand, someone specially trained, and someone they can trust.

Referral process: Self-referrals only – clients can be signposted by other professionals.