Talk it Out is our individual emotional support service for LGBTU children and young people (aged 5 - 25) wanting support with their emotional wellbeing.
Everyone, at times, can find things a little challenging and difficult to manage. You may feel you would like some specific support from an experienced LGBT Youth Support Worker to speak about your emotional wellbeing.
‘Talk it Out’ Emotional Support Sessions provide a safe, supportive and
non-judgemental place for you to talk openly and freely. This support is not counselling and our LGBT Youth Support Workers are not counsellors. If we felt that a counsellor would be better placed to give you support, we would discuss those options with you.
Any LGBTU child or young person, between 5 – 25 years old, who wants
support with issues around your emotional wellbeing.
The worker will talk to you about this in more detail in the first session.
During sessions you will explore your feelings and experiences in relation to your emotional wellbeing.
For some children and young people it can be difficult to sit and talk so we
will use different methods to support you in one-to-ones. These could include drawing, writing or using other techniques. Whatever works for you!
We can offer up to three sessions, usually weekly or fortnightly. Sessions will
last up to 45 minutes. The worker will book in the three sessions with you when they first make contact.
If you are new to Allsorts Youth Project, you will need to have an ‘Introduction & Registration’ Session with a worker first. This is a separate meeting and is not one of the three ‘Talk it Out’ sessions.
Sessions will be with the same worker each time. If possible we will try to match you with a worker that you think will be best for you.
For example, if you have a preference to see a worker of a particular identity there is an option to state this on the assessment form.
The service is confidential. Youth Supporter Workers in our team may discuss your case or be able to see any information about you, but no one outside of our team will have access to this information.
Information about you is only shared with people outside of Allsorts at your
request or with your permission. There may however, be occasions where we need to pass on information about you if the Youth Support Worker feels that you or someone else is at significant risk of harm.
If you would like to have some support from the ‘Talk it Out’ Service you can contact us by clicking the boxes below or if you already attend Allsorts
groups you can speak to a worker at one of the groups, or contact us by Facebook Messenger.
You will be requested to fill out an ‘Assessment Form’ with all of your details and what it is you are looking for support with.
This form will them be taken to our weekly Staff Team Meeting on a Tuesday and we will work out who is available to see you and roughly when. That person will then contact you, usually within a week, to arrange
your first appointment.
Please understand there may be a gap between the worker contacting you and your sessions starting, depending on how busy the 'Talk it Out' service is at that time.
We can offer up to three sessions at any one time. You will need to wait a
minimum of 6 weeks before you can request more 'Talk it Out' sessions and you will need to do a new assessment form and possibly be added to a waiting list again.
'Talk it Out' and Allsorts Youth Project is not an emergency or crisis service but we have a page here on our website that may help if you are in crisis.