Croydon’s youth engagement team is providing additional funding to Croydon Drop In (CDI) to give young people more free support in the town centre.
The additional service will run on Friday afternoons with the CDI’s talkbus parked in front of McDonalds.
CDI service already runs sessions on Thursday afternoon in the town centre alongside a number of other community and council services for young people.
The confidential service operates on a ‘you talk, we listen’ basis, and advises on family support, mental and emotional health and wellbeing.
CDI also offers free counselling for 10-25s, a parent group and signposting to relevant support services, along with information on local and national youth projects.
Councillor Hamida Ali, cabinet member for safer Croydon and communities, said:
“The Thursday sessions where both the youth engagement team and CDI team are out and about have already proved really positive for community reassurance in the town centre.
“Resource are limited, so joint working is a good way of getting additional services throughout the borough. The team works with the police, Croydon BID, local schools, the schools pastors, the youth engagement team and other community sector youth providers.
“We want to give young people additional support and to provide a free town centre service that can be used by schools pupils and community members.”