Treads Youth Advice & Information Centre

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About Us

We might not be open yet to meet you face to face but we are still here to help you, we have online workshops and fun sessions, look at our events page for more details. We are also here if you are feeling, low, anxious, sad, lonely or just want some advice and information.  

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.


We would like to say a big thank you to:
Kernon-Kelleher Solicitors
Blanchards Bailey LLP
CBA Services Ltd

For their generous donations

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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Physical, Emotional and Mental Wellbeing

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Sexual Health Advice & Services

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Bullying & Abuse

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Education, learning, training & employment

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Drugs, Substance Abuse & Alcohol

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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.

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Emergency Help

We have compiled a list of emergency telephone numbers so young people can seek help immediately.

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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 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 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.



  •  24/02/2021 04:00 AM
  • Online Event

Every Thursday we have a new an exciting online event, so you can escape for a while, meet up with your friends, make new friends, chat and just have fun. All sessions are FREE! just email 'Thursday Event Night' and we will send you more details.

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  •  21/01/2021 03:44 PM
  • Online Event

Each week we get together to have a natter, touch base, play music bingo, quizzes, scavenger hunt, escape room games, or just chill. We can't meet in person but that doesn't mean we can't get together and socialize in different ways. This pandemic has made life tough for us all but by meeting up online once a week to have some fun, talk, and meet friends we can be there for one another. If you would like to join us, email us and we will give you are details and send you relevant consent forms! If you are 10-19 you are all welcome

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  •  13/12/2020 04:30 PM
  • Online Event

Each week we run a Girls Against Bullying workshop, you have the chance to join us and enter our competitions to win hair and beauty products. We discuss topics such as makeup, body and period shaming, we have online makeup sessions, talks on mental health and how to stand up to bullying and much much more! We are so luck that this has been funded by the Dorset Community Foundation. To register email us or call to register your interest

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  •  26/11/2020 07:00 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! This workshop is funded by the Dorset Community Foundation (Tampon Tax)

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  •  25/11/2020 05:00 PM
  • Online Event

All our events are now online, this is a chat group, where young people can come online and meet members of LGBT community and others.

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  •  23/11/2020 06:00 PM
  • Online Event

Although we are physically closed we are still running our A-Teen sessions but we have moved these online. A-Teens is a group session for those with ASD, ADHD and/or neurodiversity. This friendly group meet once a week for a general chit chat, participate in activities and generally hang out.

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  •  23/11/2020 03:45 PM
  • Online Event

Treads are online Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for advice, information and guidance. This is a book in session, register your interest with us and we will book a slot so that you can talk to our youth worker, this can be via zoom, messenger, text or phone, what ever you prefer . We are here to help.

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  •  23/11/2020 04:45 AM
  • Online Event

Sadly our Girl group will be online only. Come and join us, we address make up shaming, body shaming, sterotyping, girl bullying, period taboos and other girlie issues. We have fun discussions and debates, creative beauty sessions and general chit chat and fun!

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  •  18/11/2020 03:45 PM
  • Online Event

Treads and Victim Support are working together to address bullying. We look at the negative and sometimes devastating impact bully can have on lives, what is bullying, why people bully, online bullying, what to do if you are bullied and how you can stand up to bullies. This is a short group online session but individuals have the opportunity to book a one on one session with a trained specialist

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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)


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Raising funds for disadvantaged students to access laptops

We are busy raising funds to supply laptops to disadvantaged children that are unable to access online education during the pandemic because they have not got adequate devices. Since putting out our advertisments, companies such as Kernon-Kelleher Solicitors, Blanchards Bailey LLP and CBA Services Ltd have made generous donations. We have also had offers of second hand laptops from people in the community. We would like to say a big thank you to all those that are helping us. If you would like to make a monetary donation please refer to our donation page and the crowdfunding link. If you would like to donate a device we ask if you could possibly wipe off all data and contact email us at and we will make arrangements for it to get to us. Many thanks to you all

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Free Internet Access For Families

Schools, trusts and local authorities can help disadvantaged children get online using free mobile data increases or 4G wireless routers provided by the Department Of Education. You can request this support for children and young people who meet all 3 of these criteria: Do not have fixed broadband at home Cannot afford additional data for their devices Are experiencing disruption to their face to face education See the following link for more details:

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Thank you to Steve from Gamesnightpros on Etsy

Thank you Steve from the Etsy shop Gamesnightpros for your kind donation of Escape Room Games for our young people’s Fun Online Thursday night sessions. During these difficult times it’s so important we keep in touch with each other, meet up with friends and have some fun by offering online games & catch up natters. We can’t wait to play them with our young people!

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Helpline Contact pdf package

We have created a seven page 'Helpline Contact package' This lists helpline contact names, phone numbers and website addresses, from Kooth, shout, beat to Frank. We have also included useful list of apps to support you with your mental health, crisis lines, and tips on how to cope during the pandemic. The package is free of charge and is in pdf format. If you would like us to send you a copy email 'Helpline Package' to and we will email you the package.

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