The National Youth Services Directory
This online directory includes the names, contact details and a summary of the services offered to young people by organisations across England and Wales. Some of the providers operate nationally. Some work in local communities.
You can search the directory by the type of service you might be looking for, or by post code.
Why have we created the National Youth Services Directory?
Those supporting young people will sometimes only have a small window of opportunity to make a difference to a child or young person’s future direction. If that window of opportunity is lost, the opportunity to change a child’s life for good may be lost too. It is essential that directories of support and services for young people are up to date, accurate and checks are made to ensure that organisations are still operational.
There are many charities, not for profit and commercial organisations providing services across the length and breadth of England and Wales. There are many directories of children’s and young people’s services held locally across the countries, often by different organisations, in different formats ranging from excel spreadsheets to online databases. This can lead to duplication of information and the contents of some directories becoming out of date quickly.
The aim of our not for profit organisation is to improve the safety, mental health and well-being of young people in England and Wales. Our staff and volunteers can only do this by offering young people who need our services, the support from organisations who continue to make a positive impact on young people’s lives. Services, projects and programmes supporting young people are rarely evaluated and so it is difficult for people using services to know which organisations make a real difference and those who don’t. We were concerned that unfortunately some providers fall short. An educational provider who provides 50 training places for young people a year, none of whom complete the course, will struggle to show the difference their training makes in real terms. An outreach service that engages with 400 young people on the streets and but cannot show how those conversations have made any difference at all, is raising valuable funding (as well as expectations) which could be better spent on a service that can show the difference it makes to young peoples’ choices, decisions and lives.
We believe that an effective organisation with a track record of delivering quality services that make a tangible difference to the circumstances and life chances of young people, should be able to easily summarise that impact – sometimes in a few sentences.
So, we hope we have created a directory of services for young people that:
- Is made up of organisations who have been able to demonstrate during a simple application process to join the directory, that they do have that impact.
- Is as up to date as possible – our staff and volunteers carry out checks that the data is accurate, so that you don’t have to.
- Is in one place – easily searchable by service type or your post code.
- Is a useful tool for young people, those who represent them and those who fund young people’s services?
Joining the directory
As well as seeking evidence of impact at the application stage, we also welcome feedback on users experience with the organisations on the directory. If you would like to provide feedback, please complete the feedback questionnaire.
Thank you for using SOS4Youth – our national directory of services for young people.