When things are tough it helps to have someone to talk to.  More than half our work involves helping young people look after their social, emotional and mental wellbeing. Our  team of youth workers are here to offer a friendly listening ear.  We don’t judge, it’s very difficult to shock us and we are discreet. Everything is confidential unless we think that you or someone else is at risk in which case we have a legal duty to report it.   

We are generalists not specialists.  Some of the things that we help with are problems at
  • school or work
  • relationships with friends and family
  • bullying
  • stress and anxiety
  • self-harm
  • self-esteem
  • alcohol and substance misuse

Some worries can be quickly resolved but others take time to overcome so we offer young people support for as long as it takes.  We will review the situation every 6 to 8 weeks but will always continue to work with you if you need it.

In some circumstances you may need more help than we are qualified to give.  In those cases we will help find the right support for you.  We now have a counsellor based in the centre one day a week offering affordable counselling sessions for children and young people (9-25) and we can help arrange appointments with GPs and mental health services such as CAMHs etc.
How to get support 
it doesn’t matter where you live – Dorset, Somerset… we are a charity and are here for every young person who comes to us.
  • At the Rendezvous – contact us – by phone, by email or drop in to see us at the centre.If you are an agency wanting to refer a young person then please contact us for a referral form
  • At the Gryphon School – talk to the pastoral team or your Head of Year
  • At home – young parents – contact your health visitor who can make a referral to us for a home visit
If you are anxious about your teenage child and would like to talk about finding support for them then please contact us and we will see what we can do to help. We don’t work with parents in a formal way but when needed have brokered relationships between parent and child and although our service is confidential we will always encourage the young person to talk to their parents where appropriate.