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Advice for life

There's lots of information and advice for the things affecting your life, including where you can get help from local and some national organisations. If you have a decision to make or a problem to solve, just click on the links below or search the…

Benefits for young people

Benefit rules and regulations are complicated. Young people under 18 (and sometimes under 20) may not be able to claim many of the benefits available but if you are living independently or have an illness or disability or you are a parent, then do check out if you can…

Career choices 18+

At 18, after sixth form or college, your choices include: further study at college or university. a job or apprenticeship, combining work and training a gap year, to earn money for university or get relevant work experience - see the Downloads section on this page. Think…

Career information

There's so much out there that deciding on what career to do can be hard. Think about careers that interest you and find out as much as you can before making any decisions. See Planning Your Future. You can also contact the Progress Team - see…

Check out what's happening in the job market - trends

Using job information when planning your career and job search can help you make the right choice Below are some tools and graphs to help, it includes information about pay and qualifications and what's happening with jobs. Careerometer Careerometer lets you search and compare jobs…

Consumer rights

Are you a confident shopper? Do you look around before you buy? There are laws to protect you when shopping. Knowing these may save you money and help you get good service. Do you know your rights? Consumer rights explains who can help you if things go wrong.…

Contact us

If you want more information about the Youth Council, please feel free to get in touch.  Email youthcouncil@islington.gov.uk Phone 020 7527 2552  Twitter Instagram

Debt advice

Although you can’t get a bank loan or credit card until you are 18 years old many young people do get into debt by borrowing money from friends. If you find you are constantly short of money or having to borrow you need to check…

Difficult relationship? Need advice?

Need more information or help with difficult relationships with family and friends? Or are you finding it hard to cope and need to talk to someone? If you want to talk to someone outside the family about something that is worrying you, you can ring…

Disability, know your rights

There are laws that protect you from being treated less fairly than people without a disability. Understanding your rights and the adjustments you can expect from school, college, university and employers is important. It will give you, and those helping you, the confidence to plan ahead…

Drinking too much? Need advice?

Islington Drug and Alcohol Service for Young People offers free, confidential advice and support at T: 020 7527 5099 or at Pulse T: 020 7527 1300. Islington Drug and Alcohol Helpline T: 0808 800 0019 is open 24 hours, seven days a week and can help you or…

Drugs, alcohol and addictions

Islington's Young People's Drug and Alcohol Service, (IYPDAS) offers specialist support for: a range of drug, alcohol and addiction problems, such as gambling, for young people up to the age of 21. Call 020 7527 5099 or email drugs@islington.gov.uk  Find out more about IYPDAS Help and support…

Education 11-14

Getting Started in Years 7 to 9 Everyone is both excited and scared about starting secondary. This information has advice to help you: settle in and make the most of new opportunities learn about careers and learning choices choose the subjects in Years 10/11(Key Stage…

Education and training

Try to get the best secondary school education you can During the first two or three years at secondary school you will follow the same curriculum or range of subjects as other 11 to 13-year-olds, giving you a good general education. In Year 8/9, you…

Family problems? Need help?

If you're worried and want to talk to someone about family problems, such as parents splitting up or someone dying, you can contact Childline T: 0800 1111. You can also find useful information on the websites below: Parents splitting up: GOV.UK - Find out the impact for you if…

Finding jobs and apprenticeships

Finding, getting and keeping a job or apprenticeship that suits you may well take time. Do you know where to look for job vacancies? Need help to improve your CV or prepare for an interview? Start by looking at the Bulletins in the News Feed section…

Five tips for anyone thinking about using skunk

You don’t have to smoke skunk! finding other, less risky, forms of cannabis can be hard; but it’s better to use something else if you can find it. But remember also you don’t have to smoke weed at all. You won’t necessarily enjoy it, and…

Healthy lives

Although it can be tough to do the right things, the benefits for mind and body of a healthy lifestyle are well known: you have more energy you don’t get ill so often (as a result of a boosted immune system) you feel happier (as…

Home and family

Are you worried about your family and things at home? Most families have problems at some time. This can include serious illness, a death, money problems, family members not getting on or finding it difficult to talk about problems. All this can affect you in…

Homeless, or thinking of leaving home?

If you are thinking of leaving home and want to talk to someone about it, you can contact Childline a free confidential helpline for young people T: 0800 1111. If there are problems at home and you have moved out and are homeless, there are local…