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I feel like I'm actually being listened to

I feel like I'm actually being listened to


We provide help to young people aged 8–18 across Devon, Torquay, Paignton, Plymouth and Brixham. We can speak to you on the phone, online or face to face. We can help you overcome the challenges that hold you back. Achieve the things that matter to you. Give you skills and strategies to help you move forward.

Everyone needs a helping hand from time to time, we help hundreds of young people every year. If you need it, we are here.

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01803 200100

Call this number if you need to talk to someone.

9am to 5pm

Leave a message and your number and we’ll find the right person to help you.

Checkpoint wellbeing

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Mental Health

Sometimes the pressures of life, family, growing up, relationships or losing someone can become too much. Abuse, bullying and isolation can make you feel stressed or angry. These feelings may be hard to talk about with people close to you. This is when you might feel like talking to someone at CheckPoint.

We will help you think and feel differently, encouraging you to make the changes that are best for you. This could be through talking one-to-one or by taking part in a group. 

Checkpoint emotional health and wellbeing

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Regrettably at this point in time we have reduced capacity to provide wellbeing services, we are no longer providing drop in (last one will be 16/03/2023) and are suspending referrals for the wellbeing  service for a 3 month period. We will update after that period.
All our other services  will continue as normal.

Wellbeing for children with autism or learning disabilities

Our team has extensive experience working with young people with complex needs. We can help with social interaction, developing relationships, low mood, support around diagnosis, behaviour that challenges and more.

For more information, please get in touch.

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Drug and alcohol use

If you are using drugs or alcohol  and feel it is causing you problems we can help. We won’t force you to give up. It might be to help you reduce how much you’re using, understand the effects, or reduce the risks.

If you want to talk, please get in touch. We can speak on the phone, talk online or chat face-to-face. We can arrange to see you at a place that works for you. You can come alone or with someone you trust.

Download our referral form.
For more information about our service, download our leaflet.

Plymouth substance misuse service

Our team of experienced project workers are here to help young people under 18 who live in Plymouth and are struggling with drug or alcohol use. 

Find out more

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Sexual exploitation

Sexual abuse, exploitation and violence

Sexual abuse can happen to anyone. It can be carried out by someone in your family, a friend, someone you're in a relationship with or even someone you barely know.

We can help you identify the abuse that is happening to you, help you deal with your situation and support you in your emotional and physical wellbeing. If you would like to talk, please get in touch.

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If you have experience any form of sexual violence or witnessed it in you family We can help you make sense of what has happened so you can recover and look forward to the future.

We won't tell you what to do or how to feel, we will listen and give you information, and teach you skills and strategies which have been shown to help other people who have similar experiences.

For information on how to access our child sexual abuse, exploitation and violence services, call us on 01803 200100.

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Knowing your rights

Are you a young person involved with a children's service? Perhaps you have a social worker, or care-giver or you might live in a children’s home — if so we can help you get your voice heard.

If you are cared for by Torbay Children’s Services or on a child protection plan, and are aged 8-18, you have the right to an advocate. This is someone who will listen to you, find out what your wishes, views and thoughts are and help you to get your voice heard. We know what your rights are and we’ll fight for them, we make sure your voice is heard.

Independent Visitors

We also offer independent visitors for cared for children. This is an adult volunteer who you can talk to and trust. They spend some time to get to know you a little and find out what you like to do then you can meet up on a regular basis and try out activities with you and take you places you want to go.

If you’d like to talk about getting an advocate or an Independent Visitor, please get in touch.

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Checkpoint missing services

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Going missing

If you're thinking of running away, are currently missing, or being forced to leave home, we can help. We work to understand your situation so you don't feel like running away is the answer. Phone us on 01803 200100 or read our advice for young people thinking of running away from home

If you were missing but have returned home, you’re entitled to a return home interview. This is your chance to have your voice heard and discuss the reasons you went missing. We will then work out how best to support you.

Torbay Young Horizons (National Citizenship Service)

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Torbay Young Horizons (National Citizenship Service)

Talk to us. We will teach you lifelong strategies, tools and techniques which will help you to thrive in your personal and work life, skills you can use throughout your life to help you live your best life. If you are interested, please complete our referral form.

Through engaging in our local community experiences, funded by National Citizenship Service, we want young people to: be world-ready and work-ready; have greater confidence, resilience and wellbeing; feel better able to have an impact on the world, and have respect and tolerance for a diverse range of people and views.

Across a few different courses we offer for young people

  • To build employability and work readiness
  • A learning space for drama, music or similar creative skills
  • To develop life skills and support independent living
  • To provide opportunities for volunteering and social action
  • To mix with others from all backgrounds

If you are interested, please complete our referral form. Or for more information about our service, download our leaflet.


Get in touch

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
7 Victoria Rd, Torquay TQ1 1HU
01803 290 330
Referral form
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Sound Communities website

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Phoenix Youth Group

The Phoenix group is for young people living with learning disabilities, physical disabilities or who are socially isolated. The group offers a safe place to get together and socialise.

Phoenix meet once a fortnight to do various fun activities such as bowling, crazy golf and playing games. The group also offers young people the opportunity to share their views on issues locally and nationally to help make changes and fill gaps in services.

If you are interested, get in touch and ask to speak to the Phoenix Coordinator.

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Get in touch

If you would like to make an appointment to speak to a CheckPoint worker, call us on 01803 200100, complete our online referral form, or email us and we will find the right person to speak to you. Our office is open from 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.

If we think we can help you, we will. If not, we will find someone who can.

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Plymouth young carers service

We also offer a service for young people under 18 who live in Plymouth and have caring responsibilities. Our approach is centred on the young person themselves, helping them to build on their existing strengths, skills, and relationships. Our support is flexible and individual. We work with each young person from the outset to assess their needs. Support may include:

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