Support for Care Leavers over Christmas

20th December 2021

 

 

 

Become Care Advice Line, which is for care experienced young people up to 27, and the adults supporting them, will be open from 10am-5pm until the 23rd December, from 10am-1pm on the 24th December, and open 10am-5pm on the 29th-31st December.  This can be reached on 0800 023 2033 or by emailing advice@becomecharity.org.uk

 

Become will also be holding a Check In Link Up (our weekly social event for care leavers aged 18-27) during the Christmas period on the 30th December. This will take place from 5.30pm-7pm on zoom- and is a chance for young people to come together, chat, play some games, have fun, and generally support their wellbeing. If a young person wants to attend this session, please ask them to email me on rebecca.williams@becomecharity.org.uk so I can send them the joining info nearer the time- and please also share this Link Up agreement with them to check they are happy with this- https://www.becomecharity.org.uk/media/2849/link-up-agreement-final.pdf 

 

Other support information that might be helpful to young people over this time:

 

Tips from Mind in preparing for, and coping over the Christmas period - https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/christmas-and-mental-health/christmas-and-mental-health/.  

 

Tips from CALM in preparing for, and coping with the Christmas period- https://www.thecalmzone.net/2019/11/christmas-getting-too-much-introducing-noel/?highlight=christmas  

 

A list of Christmas dinners being provided all over the UK:  http://thechristmasdinners.org.uk/christmas-present/ 

 

Support for those struggling with mental health over the Christmas period:  

 

Listening Works- phone, text and web chat support every evening from-6pm -midnight. This is a service for care leavers aged 18-27. https://www.family-action.org.uk/listening-works/  Phone line 0808 802 0222.  
 

The Mix- Helpline and messaging service for young people up to 25. Helpline 0808 808 4994. https://www.themix.org.uk/get-support  
 

Childline will be running throughout Christmas and the New Year, offering online and phone services to all children and young people up to the age of 19. https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/home-families/seasonal-events/christmas/  

 

https://www.thecalmzone.net/ - CALM- Mental Health Support for men, helpline open 365 days a year, 0800 58 58 58.  
 

Mind Info Line provides information and signposting advice on mental health issues. Helpline 0300 123 3393. 

Christmas and mental health | Mind, the mental health charity - help for mental health problems 

 

Mental health crisis - for young people 

Mental health crisis – for all ages 

  • The Samaritans are available 24 hours a day 365 days a year by phone on 116 123 https://www.samaritans.org/  
     
  • If there is an emergency and there is a risk to life (this can be your own or someone else’s) call the emergency services on 999.