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Coronavirus: young people and family services

We're adapting the way we support people

The way we support young people and families is changing to reflect the latest government coronavirus safety guidelines.

(See the NHS.uk website for coronavirus updates)

Services for young people, families and adolescents

We are still working with young people (up to the age of 18) and their families who are having difficulty managing relationships and / or their emotions.

Staff will support you over the phone or via Skype (or a similar means of communication) instead of meeting face-to-face. If your support worker is unable to do this because they are ill, another member of the team will support you.

Porchlight is also working with food banks to support parents / carers who are struggling to provide food and drink for the family. If you are struggling, speak to your family support worker.

The BeYou Project (LGBT+ support)

Our BeYou service is still supporting LGBT+ young people in Kent (aged 8 - 25) who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, non-binary or are questioning their sexual orientation and / or gender identity.

Staff will support young people (and their parents / carers if needed) over the phone or online instead of meeting face-to-face. Weekly BeYou meet-ups for young people are not currently being held, but we are looking into ways to carry these out online.

We understand that LGBT+ young people can experience feelings of isolation at the best of times, so we’re doing what we can to ensure they feel connected, supported and part of the community.

You can also find resources about coming out, staying safe, and advice for friends, family and careers on The BeYou Project website.

If you have questions about the way The BeYou Project is changing, email beyou@porchlight.org.uk