Treads Youth Advice & Information Centre

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About Us

Treads is a safe, friendly, informal advice, information and drop-in centre for young people.
We are based at the Blandford Youth Centre, Mill Down Road, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 7QS.
We focuses on the problems and issues that local young people face daily and provides free, unbiased and non-judgmental advice and support to individuals from the age of 11 to 19 and up to 25 for those with Special Educational Needs.
We can offer information, advice and support on almost anything, including: bullying, health and well-being, relationships, sexual health advice and services, family conflict, alcohol and drugs, education and learning, employment and training, counselings, victim support, legal, debt and finance, homelessness, housing and benefits.

Treads was established in 1997 to provide local teenagers and young adults with a safe and secure environment to seek help and advice on any subject. For over 20 years Treads has adapted to help young people in the most contemporary and relevant way and we are hoping to continue to do this. Treads is forever evolving. Our intent is to provide a more efficient way of helping young people resolve difficulties by having ready access to professional advice in addition to the one to one key support offered by Treads trained staff.
Treads has always benefited from strong links with the community and it is hoped that inviting in trusted advice agencies will serve to encourage local people to get involved and promote further our Aims and Objectives:

  • To support individual young people and enable them to make informed choices and decisions.
  • To promote a positive image of young people.
  • To promote a healthy lifestyle (physical, emotional, sexual).
  • To reduce antisocial behaviour and encourage good citizenship.
  • To raise awareness of issues concerning young people.
  • To develop independent lifestyles.
  • To offer young people opportunities to broaden their outlook and experiences.
  • To ensure young people are aware of Treads and what facilities they can access here.
  • Provide a safe and warm non-judgemental environment in which young people can meet.
  • Involve young people on the Management Committee and include them in the decisions, which are made.
  • Give young people opportunities that are fun, stimulating and challenging.
  • Give young people the chance to be heard.
  • Provide a range of information, both in leaflets and on a face to face basis around lifestyles.
  • Challenge antisocial and offending behaviour.
  • Provide information and give advice on a wide variety of issues relevant to young people.
  • Give young people the opportunities to attend our Stand Up To Bullying, Anti Bullying and Empowering Females workshops
  • Give Young people those that are not in education, employment or training a chance to gain an ASDAN credited award to enhance their knowledge and skills

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  • Milldown Road, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 7EB
  • Treads Youth Advice & Information are now situated at the Blandford Youth Centre
  • 07552724840
  • Due to COVID-19 we can not provide our usual drop in sessions with out an appointment. Please call us on 07552724840 or email for further details


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ASDAN awards

Sometimes young people find they cannot cope with school life and opt to be home schooled. Other young people find they have left school and cannot find a job or training and unsure what direction they want to go in. Treads can help you by offering short ASDAN certified courses of enrichment. These can be 10 hours to 60 hours long and include subjects like, volunteering, peer support, relationships, history, cooking the list goes on! You will be in control as to how you learn, when you learn and how many sessions you want to attend. To find out more please arrange an appointment.


Libby Lloyd


Libby comes from an Education working background. She has spent over 20 years as an FE tutor for young offenders, those with learning disabilities and NEETs. She has a wealth of experience working as youth worker and team leader at various youth centres throughout Berkshire, Hampshire and Dorset. She understands the complexity of the needs of young people and how intervention can lead to positive outcomes

Su Case


Su has spent many years working with young people from a wide range of backgrounds in a busy large school environment. As a Mother of two teenage daughter and a third who has just achieved her biochemistry degree, she is no stranger to the trials and tribulations young people may have to face on a daily basis. Su has worked for Treads for the past four years as a team leader and administrator, however, has recently retired from those roles and instead offers her vast experience, skills and knowledge as one of our very proactive and supportive trustee

Mark Williams

Chair Trustee

Richard Gindge


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  • 23/09/2020 03:45 AM
  • Milldown Road Youth Centre, Blandford Forum, Dorset

LGBT+ young people workshop, a place to come along chat and meet others in a safe environment. Due to Covid-19 and the necessity to social distance we can only receive a limited amount of young people at one workshop at a time so therefore please book a place in advanced. Please refer to our contact page

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  • 22/09/2020 03:45 AM
  • Milldown Road, Blandford Forum, UK

We can now open our doors to our Anti Girls Bullying Project, come along to our workshop and be empowered! We cover make up shaming, body shaming, girl bullying and many other female related topics. Due to Covid-19 and the need to social distance our places are limited, so please book in advance. If spaces are full we are also continuing to run our successful Zoom sessions

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  • £0.00
  • 30/07/2020 02:00 PM
  • Online Event

Join our webinar meeting where we will be addressing issues such as bullying, sterotyping females, LGBGTQ, make up shaming, period shaming, and girl power. This is an eight week session where young people between the ages of 11 to 19 can come and express how they feel about issues that effect females. We have lively debates and discussion, competitions and fun too!

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Schedule Booking

This ten week sessions will be hosted via webinar. It will give young girls a chance to discuss issues such as make up, body and period shaming, sterotyping genders, the negative and long lasting effects of bullying and how to stop mean behaviour, bullying law and how to prevent, as far as possible bullying. This girl empowering workshop aims to build confidence and enhance self-esteem

  • Category: Webinar Anti Girl Bullying
  • Duration: 01:30 Hours
  • Address: Webinar (Map)