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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…

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.…

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

If drugs, alcohol or addictions are causing you, your family or friends a problem - there are people who can help you 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…

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…

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…

Homeless?

If you are homeless or feel you cannot continue living at your present address because of difficulties at home, get advice straight away. Living on the streets can be dangerous, there are people that can help you find somewhere safe to stay, look at the…

Knives, guns and weapons - are you feeling unsafe?

If you are worried about knives, guns or other weapons ... ... this information aims to help you decide what to do and explains the law around weapons, so you can make informed decisions. Worried about violence and weapons? Violent crime is a worry for…

Know the facts about cannabis

The following film has been created to help explain how the chemical compounds in cannabis affect your brain and the risks of smoking the super-strength form of the drug, skunk Cannabis is the most commonly used illegal drug in the world, including the UK, where…

Learning disabilities or medical conditions - more information

If you have good up to date information on your disability or medical condition, you will feel well informed and able to make decisions with confidence. There are online health directories that are easy to use. National and local organisations, often charities, also provide specialist advice,…

Legal highs

Legal highs, also known as psychoactive substances: Are drugs that produce the same or similar effects as illegal drugs but are not banned by the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. To get around the law they are often sold under the name of a different product,…

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex or Asexual (LGBTQIA), gender-fluid, non-binary, nongender, third gender?

Not sure about your sexuality? Questioning your gender? If you have been struggling with your identity and need support to work out who you are there are organisations that offer help and advice. You may feel alone but you're not, there are other young people…

Looking for education and training opportunities?

If you're leaving school and moving on you will need to have a plan for what you want to do next. It may feel a bit scary but you will get help to make decisions from a careers adviser, your teachers, people who know you, your parents and…