Treads Youth Advice & Information Centre

Helping Young People Stand On Their Own Two Feet

About Us

Treads is a safe, friendly, informal advice, information and drop-in centre for young people.

We are based at:
Blandford Youth Centre, Mill Down Road, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 7DB

We can offer our services to you if you are:
10-19 years old
Up to 25 years old if you have learning difficulties or a care leaver.
We can help you lead a healthy lifestyle and make positive choices. We can provide you with support and guidance with:
Mental and Physical Wellbeing
Addictions, such as alcohol, substance misuse and gambling
Healthy relationships
We can support you with your:
We offer a listening ear and support to anyone who is questioning their sexuality or gender and/or part of the LGBT+ community
Our aims and objectives are:
  • 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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Advice & Information

We work closely and have knowledge of a large variety of different organisations including: Victim Support Citizen Advice Bureau Children's Services Children & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHs) Youngminds Councils - Dorset County Council Dorset Family Matters Blandford Town Council Local Doctors Social Prescribers North Dorset Education establishments, schools and colleges Safeguarding Central Youthclub in Blandford Forum Foodbank

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.

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Emergency Help

We have compiled a list of emergency telephone numbers so young people can seek help immediately. Emergency Services 999 you can also call 112 Childline 08001111 Smaritans 116123 Shout Text 85258 Beat (Eating Disorder) 0808 801 0711 For further helplines please call 07552724840 or email and we will send you our Helpline contact package

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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

Youth Worker & Administrator

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 daughters 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 youth worker and administrator.

Mark Williams

Chair Trustee

Mark was a senior manager in two local authorities and has a graduate background in Environmental Health, strategic HR ad community development. Recently he has been a free lance trainer specialising in culture and health and safety. Mark has bee involved in Treads in various roles for over 18 years and is current chair.

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Natalie Pithers


Natalie has an expansive work background ranging from creating, delivering and co-coordinating projects to help young Mothers overcome their inability to read to project manageress in the corporate world. She is a Mother of three children and now runs her own Genealogy business

John Tanner


John was born in Blandford Forum. From the age of 30 he has been in social work, a school governor on and off for the past 30 years, a Councillor of a principal council for 24 years, continues to be a parish Councillor, trustee of several local organisations. Whilst bringing up his own children whose Mother died when they were very young, now successful 40+ year old adults. Further, has over the past 20 years brought up a granddaughter whose biological Mother disowned her. She is currently in her third year of her University course. Finally, John was also able to run a successful bed & breakfast business for many years in the village of Pimperne.

Richard Genge


Richard, joined the team three years ago. He started as one of volunteers and with his passion to help empower young people he has become one of our valued trustees

Joe Hampson


Jo is our youngest member or the team. He was a member of our Thursday A-Teen group then became one of our volunteers and eventually a trustee. He is currently studying physics at college.



End Of Girls Against Bullying Project

End Of Girls Against Bullying Project

Sadly our Tampon Tax Grant, which made it possible for us to provide successful ‘Girls Against Bullying Workshops’ has come to an end.  We would like to say a big thank you to the Dorset Community Foundation for their funding. What a difference this has made to all the young females that attended!! We have all experience such a difficult year, nobody could have predicted a pandemic would change our world.  We had to adapt our workshops from face to face to online and learn new ways to reach out and put our message across.  However, we did it! We have been able to provide support and guidance to young girls so that they are able recognise the different forms of bullying. Identify the consequence of bullying. Share their own experiences of make- up, body and period shaming. Enhance their confidence and self-esteem and just importantly have fun too! Although these sessions have now ended we have some exciting ideas and plans for the future, so watch this space!!

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Providing Laptops to the community

Providing Laptops to the community

Thank you everyone who made a donation to our “Providing laptops & devices to disadvantaged children to access education” project. We managed to provided laptops to Sturminster Newton School, Blandford Forum School, Milldown Primary School & Pimperne Primary School. A special thank you goes to:

CBA Services Ltd

Kernon Kelleher Solicitors

Blanchard Baileys LLP  

For their generosity

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Helpline & Online Safety Packages

Helpline & Online Safety Packages

We have created a seven page 'Helpline contact package' which lists useful contacts from the Samaritans, Kooth, Young Minds to Beat for eating disorders and Frank for addictions. Email 'Help package' to and we will send you this free pdf.

For those that are concerned with online safety, we have linked up with Think You Know and have a useful Online safety package with tips and suggestions of staying safe. Email 'Safety Online Package' to the above email address and we will send you this free pdf.

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Providing Laptops to disadvantaged children

Providing Laptops to disadvantaged children

Thank you everyone that helped us raise laptops to donate to l:

Blandford Forum School

Sturminster Newton School

Pimperne Primary School

Milldown School

Special thank you to the generosity from: 

CBA Services Ltd

Kenern Kelleher

Blandchard Baleys LLP

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