There are around 23,000 young people aged 12-25 in the New Forest area.
It’s Your Choice was established in 1987 to help those young people by providing confidential and free advice, support, guidance, and advice.
As a youth charity they want to empower young people to make positive life choices and to be there providing help and support to prevent problems escalating into bigger concerns.
They offer information and advice about many issues that affect young people including drug and alcohol abuse, sexual health, homelessness, and mental health issues.
Young people’s first point of contact with us is usually through a drop-in
or via their school, college, youth club or Pupil Referral Unit.
It’s Your Choice Charity Objectives
To respond to the emotional health and well-being needs of young people, typically aged between 12-25 years, including those experiencing difficult social or economic circumstances.
They shall do this by establishing, maintaining, and developing information, advice, counselling and support services designed to help them make safe, positive choices and lead fulfilling lives.
Thier Vision is that all young people are able to lead healthy, happy and fulfilling lives and to make a positive contribution to society for the benefit of both themselves and their communities.
Their mission is to offer a safe, free, and confidential support service that is accessible to all young people, typically aged 12-25, who live in the areas in which they operate and require support. Through the provision of information, advice, guidance, counselling and casework support, delivered through various drop-in sessions, outreach work, workshops, and projects or, where necessary, by signposting to other services, they will aim to provide young people with the knowledge, skills and information they need to make safe, positive choices on issues which affect their lives.
At the heart of all the work with young people will be a commitment to be non-judgmental, to show them respect, to empower them, and to involve them as much as possible in the development and delivery of services.