We provide help to young people aged 8–18 across Devon, Torquay, Paignton 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.
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 well-being
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We have drop in sessions in Torbay, Paignton and Brixham where you can come along without an appointment and chat to someone. If you would like to talk, please get in touch.
We can also talk to parents or carers if you’d like us to. We can help them to understand what going on for you and how they can help you.
We also offer a text service. It's free, anonymous and confidential. Text any time of the day or night and a trained volunteer will help you.
text support line
Text CKPT to 85258
to get help with your mental health.
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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.
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 well-being. 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.
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
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 290330 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.
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.
there will be fun, teamwork, laughs, and the chance to meet new people
Get in touch
If you would like to make an appointment to speak to a CheckPoint worker, call us on 01803 290330 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.