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.
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- 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