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No Limits Advice

We know that getting good advice is essential to young people, especially those who may not have the support of family or a stable home life. We are campaigning to raise the awareness of the importance of good advice services as well as to raise money to help young people turn their lives around.

January 2013 - December 2013

Charity information: No Limits

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  • Need


    Young people in difficult circumstances are the least likely to seek advice. Many young people bury their heads in the sand when it comes to their finances, might not see how their alcohol use is affecting them, believe that a damaging relationship is worth sticking with. It can be hard to decide to address these sorts of problems - they need access to good advice and information from staff who know how to help young people unpick their problems, available at times & in places they will come to.


    Our campaign will ensure that we provide young people with access to the good advice and support they need to make positive decisions, ensuring that:
    -Our drop in centre’s are properly equipped & able to cope with increasing numbers of young people.
    -Have sufficient well trained staff to advise and support young people.
    -Are able to attract an increasing number of volunteers that are well trained, enthusiastic and motivated to support the young people to make a positive change in their lives.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Offer caring, supportive environments where young people can explore issues that are affecting them


    » Run over thirty open access drop-in advice sessions a week from our Southampton based advice centres and satellite sessions in schools and colleges.

    What success will look like

    3000 young people will access advice. 75% of them will feel that they have gained an ability to deal with their problems themselves & improved their knowledge of where to get help.

    Aim 2

    Provide accurate and up to date information and good advice relevant to young people’s needs.


    » Recruit and train 25 new youth information and advice volunteer workers in giving good advice to young people.

    What success will look like

    25 new volunteers recruited, trained and delivering advice to young people through No Limits drop-in centres.

    Aim 3

    Enable young people to explore options, gain skills & resources to problem solve & make good choices


    » Assess young peoples needs and help them access resources or practical solutions to problems e.g. refer homeless young people to housing providers.
    » Run courses to support young people to gain skills and knowledge e.g. anger management, pre-tenancy training

    What success will look like

    450 housing needs assessments undertaken with young homeless people, 5 pre-tenancy training courses run & 3 anger management courses run. 200 young people referred for housing.

  • Impact


    We will ask young people how our help has made positive changes to their lives through our Have Your Say survey. 70% of young people will tell us that their confidence and stress levels have improved. 50% of young people will tell us that their circumstances e.g. housing, financial, family situation have improved.
    Through our support 250 homeless young people will find housing and 250 young people will be supported to find work.


    The risks are that young people will not access No Limits for advice, or the advice that we give will not be good advice.
    We publicise our advice service very widely amongst children and young people and those working with them and each year increasing numbers of young people access our advice.
    We will train our youth advisors through nationally recognised training and provide them with excellent resources (Advisornet - which is updated by the CAB) to help them give the best advice.


    We will provide donors with regular updates on what their funding has helped us achieve with young people. We will do this through our website, Twitter, Facebook, regular e-newsletters and through an annual report.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,000 Staff Wages
      £800 Volunteers Expenses
      £200 Training Volunteer training
      £800 Courses Cost of courses for young people
      £200 Premises Caring environment to deliver advice
  • Background


    We have 3 accessible, youth friendly, locations in East, West and Central Southampton. They are situated in places that young people can easily go to and where young people feel safe. Our city centre branch is particularly busy and is right next door to the Job Centre Plus.
    We also deliver advice and support to pupils in 14 secondary schools and colleges through drop-in sessions across Southampton and the surrounding areas.


    We will give advice to young people who are under 26 years old and who live in Southampton and surrounding areas. By comparison with the South East, Southampton is a very deprived area with high unemployment, poor academic achievement and poor health outcomes. We have one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates and very high numbers of young people who are not engaged in education, employment or training.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    No Limits is really well known amongst children & young people in Southampton. Young people like to be able to drop in & get advice & support when they need it & they can do this through No Limits. Our staff are well trained to give advice & support & we have a number of specialist services backing up our drop-in advice e.g. substance misuse, counselling, housing, money management.
    Last year we saw 5,000 young people, and over 95% said that they were very happy with the advice they received.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sharon Ramswell

    Team leader at our central drop-in centre. She manages 5 paid & 15 volunteer youth advice volunteer workers to open the centre 25 hours a week.

    James McCombe

    Team leader at our Shirley drop-in centre. He manages 2 paid & 10 volunteer youth advice volunteer workers to open the centre 21 hours a week.

    Zoe Grant

    Team leader at our Sholing drop-in centre. She manages the youth advice workers to open the centre 12 hours a week & the school & college drop-ins.

A great place to get support and advice

A great place to get support and advice


Counselling sessions for a troubled young person

I was on self-destruct and No Limits helped me when I felt I couldn't carry on.

Young Person