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North Yorkshire (Compass REACH)

A free, confidential health and wellbeing service for children and young people in North Yorkshire who need support with issues related to drugs, alcohol, mental health and / or sexual health.

We’re a small team of qualified nurses and practitioners who are here to support young people aged 9 to 19 (or up to 25 years old if you have special educational needs or disabilities) to lead happier, healthier lives.

Our service is free, confidential and voluntary – plus we’ll meet you somewhere that you feel comfortable and safe.

How the service can help you

Our caring and reliable team can offer you face-to-face support for any of the following reasons:

…because drugs and / or alcohol have become a pretty big problem for you and are starting to impact on your daily life so you want some help in sorting it out.

…because you’re starting to struggle with aspects of your emotional wellbeing, also known as ‘mental health’, and want some help to stop it getting worse.

…because you need access to contraception, are having unsafe sex, are currently in an unhealthy relationship, or you feel pressured into having sex either by a partner or peer. We can help with all these things

The support we offer involves meeting face-to-face, we use ‘talking therapies’ (sometimes called ‘therapeutic interventions’) designed to help you cope and understand your issues in a way that’s as unique as you are. We can also suggest useful strategies as to how family members and others close to you might be able to support you at home, but this is something we would talk to you about first.

What we can support you with

  • Emotional wellbeing and mental health
  • Substance misuse, including alcohol and drugs
  • Blood borne virus (BBV) screening and vaccinations
  • Pregnancy testing and guidance
  • Chlamydia screening
  • Condom distribution
  • Signposting to other services for further support
  • Emergency hormonal contraception prescribing (Levonelle)
  • Sexual risk-taking behaviours

How you can access the service

You can speak to someone from Compass REACH by ringing us on 01609 777 662 or on our freephone number 0800 008 7452. It’s usually our administrator, Caroline, who answers the phone. She’ll ask you a few questions to get started, then one of our nurses will call you back to make sure we’re the right people to help.

We operate an open referral system which means that as well as taking self-referrals we also take referrals from parents and carers. Professionals are also welcome to referral but we ask them to complete a referral form, however, we think it’s good to have a chat first so we encourage people to ring to talk over their concerns before completing a referral form.

Opening times

Most of the appointments we offer tend to be between 9:00am and 5:00pm Monday to Thursday, and 9:00am and 4:30pm Fridays – but if these times don’t suit you, just let us know and we’ll see if we can arrange something at a time that’s more convenient to you. We are not open on weekends or bank holidays.

If you require support out of these hours and feel you are in danger or at risk of harm, you can contact the CAMHS Crisis service on the following numbers:

Harrogate – 01423 544335 (10:00am to 10:00pm)

Scarborough, Ryedale and Whitby – 01723 346 502 (10:00am to 10:00pm)

Hambleton and Richmondshire (covered by Teesside 24 hours) – 0300 013 2000 (option 6)

Or in an emergency dial 999

Meet the team

Lisa

Service Manager

Ashley

Nurse Team Leader

Caroline

Clinical Administrator

Mel

Young People's Nurse

Melanie

Young People's Nurse

Rachael

Young People's Nurse

Dolly

Young People's Practitioner

Jess

Young People's Practitioner

Rob

Young People's Practitioner

Katie

Young People's Practitioner

Lucy

Young People's Practitioner

Maggie

Assistant Director Universal Services

Help & support

For information about relevant health and wellbeing topics please expand the sections below.

Children

I am aged under 11 years

Young People

I am aged 11-19 years (up to 25 years old with special educational needs)

Parents / Carers

I am a parent / carer

Professionals

I am a professional

Referral/callback request

To request a call back regarding a new referral to the service, please complete the form below.

Are you a service user, professional or a carer? Please select one of the following:
Service UserProfessionalParent or CarerOther