Young people and family services

We work with children, adolescents and their families with all kinds of needs

Our team is here to make sure young people feel valued and listened to, so they can go on to do well at school and in life. We can help with managing relationships, adjusting after leaving prison, problems that may be affecting someone's education.

BeYou service for LGBTQ+ young people

Porchlight's BeYou service offers a safe, welcoming and non-judgemental space where young LGBTQ+ people can meet to socialise, have fun and help each other. This includes regular meet ups across Kent as well as one-to-one support.

How to make a referral

There is a BeYou website with lots of free resources and advice. Any questions, don't hesitate to call the free Porchlight number call 0800 567 7699 for more information.

Porchlight Adolescent Wellbeing Service (PAWS)

This service is for 13-18 year olds in Ashford, Dover, Deal, Folkestone and Thanet who are experiencing anxiety, a breakdown in family communication, or a breakdown in relationships with their school or peers.

We give young people support to improve their mental health, emotional wellbeing and communication skills. This is done by helping them to build resilience and to develop the necessary skills to achieve their goals.

We're working with the NHS Kent Children and Young People's Mental Health Service (North East London Foundation Trust) to deliver the Porchlight adolescent wellbeing service.

To make a referral or find out more

Referrals are made through the Kent Children and Young People’s Mental Health Service (CYPMHS), delivered by the North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT).

If you are a professional looking to find out more, email the Porchlight adolescent wellbeing service at

Safeguarding - how we work

Porchlight is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all those it supports, read more here.