Authority launches website for young people

County Hall, the centre of North Yorkshire County Council's campus in Northallerton (s).
County Hall, the centre of North Yorkshire County Council's campus in Northallerton (s).

A dedicated website has been set up to offer young people across North Yorkshire cope with financial and health issues.

The North Yorkshire Youth Support Service website also offers information on activities for young people across the region.

It is designed to deliver information to young people aged 11 to 19 and up to 25 for those with special educational needs or disabilities.

The website contains pages with information and advice on issues that affect young people such as health, housing, money, relationships and staying safe.

The website focuses on education and careers, with links to organisations that can offer specialist support.

Details on youth centres in Harrohgate and Ripon are included.

The site also includes information about the Youth Support Service (YSS) and its activities, plus up-to-date news relevant to young people such as apprenticeship opportunities and local and national events and projects.

County Coun Tony Hall is North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for the Youth Service.

He said: “We hope young people will find this an invaluable resource as a one-stop shop for information and advice about issues important to them.”

The YSS aims to widen horizons for young people by increasing their knowledge and skills, developing their personal and social well-being, raising their participation in learning, empowering and enabling them to engage in decision making about things that affect them and safeguarding and protecting them.

It offers one to one support for a short period of time to enable them to deal with their problems. Where young people have specific problems they are supported with access to specialist services.

For vulnerable groups the YSS provides tailored provision, challenging young people about their risk taking behaviours and helping them to make positive choices.

The website is accessible at