Bradford Youth Service who provide Buddies as part of the Youth in Mind programme are currently dealing with a high demand and are unable to accept new referrals for one-to-one support from Thursday 20th June until Sunday 21st July 2024.

Please find alternative services on the Youth in Mind programme or below:


If you are concerned for the immediate safety of someone, please always contact emergency services on 999.

Safe Spaces

Crisis support service, access same-day urgent support in-person or over the phone by calling First Response 0800 952 1181.

Weekly Youth Sessions

Young people and their families can be assisted by 90 different weekly youth sessions as well as other services, further details available here:

Bradford Children & Family Trust and Bradford Youth Service Directory

Night Owls

West Yorkshire Night OWLS is a confidential support line for children, young people, their parents and carers who live in Bradford, Leeds, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. If a child or young person you care for is in a crisis and you are concerned about their emotional wellbeing contact Night OWLS.


Healthy Minds – support, information and advice for young people

Kooth  – online counselling and wellbeing service

Safeguarding Children and Young People

Buddies is provided by Bradford Youth Service and is part of the Youth in Mind partnership.

How can Buddies support me?

Buddies provides one-to-one support with a youth worker to support you with building self-confidence, boosting social skills and giving you a place to be yourself.

Sessions work around your needs so if you prefer to talk whilst walking in the park or kicking a football around a field then the Youth Worker can meet you where you feel most comfortable.

Buddies also has peer support groups where you can meet other young people with similar experiences and access a range of youth projects.  

Who can access this service?

  • You must be aged 11-19 or up to 25 with additional needs
  • You must live, go to school in, or attend a GP surgery in Bradford District

What happens after completing my referral form?

Once we’ve received your referral form Bradford Youth Service will be in touch within five working days.

Contact details

Email  [email protected]

Phone  01274 431 000 

Referral form closed

Reopening 22nd July 2024

Feedback on Buddies

With the recent international crisis, a lot of our students were finding things difficult and found it hard to express their views. Having youth workers in school to help students and enable them to talk about their concerns and worries was outstanding.

Teacher based at a local Secondary School

The opportunities my child has had since starting with Youth in Mind and the Bradford Youth Service has been amazing, they have gone to City Hall, helped run a food bank, spoke to politicians and this time last year they were in hospital. So, thank you from the bottom of my heart.


Out of hours helplines

Here are some local helplines and live chat services for children, young people, parents and carers that you can use right away.

Safe Spaces

Children and young people can call First Response to be referred to Safe Spaces for in-person or telephone crisis support. 

24 hr helpline

Call First Response on 08009 521 181 


Confidential and emotional support line for all-ages. Or call to be referred to Safe Spaces.

8am – midnight

Call us on 08001 884 884 or chat online.

Night OWLS

For children, young people, their parents and carers, living in West Yorkshire

8pm – 8am

Call 0800 1488 244 or Text 07984 392700


Kooth is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people.

It gives children and young people easy access to an online community of peers and a team of experienced counsellors.

Kooth website

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