Useful links

Here are some local services that you may find useful.  You can also check the links to national websites that may be useful listed in the Teens section.


Although we have listed high quality, reputable websites, as these are all external websites the Trust can take no responsibility for their accuracy and content.


bolton councilBolton Council’s Children’s Services


Bolton Council Youth Support Services

  • Bolton’s youth support services provide advice for young people entering the adult world.
  • Youth offending – reducing offending by children and young people
  • Targeted youth support – working with hard to reach and marginalised young people
  • Teenage pregnancy – advice on pregnancy for young people and their families
  • Careers and qualifications – guidance on qualifications required for types of careers
  • Connexions Bolton – information, advice and guidance for young people
  • Support for families new to the UK – Starting Point and the Achieving Cohesion and Integration Service (ACIS)

To find out more please look on the Council’s website


Bolton Council Parenting Support Programme

Parenting support groups have helped hundreds of thousands of families around the world deal with issues ranging from temper tantrums to disobedience, bedtime dramas to homework battles, school yard bullying to teenage rebellion. 

For more information contact your local children’s centre.


Bolton Council – Children’s Centres

There are centres across Bolton offering a range of integrated services for families with children under the age of five years.  These services are referred to as the ‘core offer’ and include:

  • information on early years and child care provision
  • information and support to access wider services
  • information and advice for parents and carers
  • a variety of drop in sessions 
  • links to Job Centre Plus and health services.

To find out more please look on the Council’s website


The_Parallel_20The Parallel Young People’s Health Centre

The Parallel is part of Bolton NHS Foundation Trust.  It is a health centre specifically for young people aged 11 to 19 providing: 

General health and wellbeing clinics – anything to do with your health.  Staffed by adolescent health nurses and specialist doctors.

Drop-in sessions – includes contraceptive and sexual health, and condom promotion scheme – early evenings.

Specialist sessions –

  • counsellor (emotional health practitioner)
  • physiotherapist
  • ADHD practitioner
  • epilepsy practitioner
  • senior practitioner CAMHS
  • gay and bisexual youth group.

9a Churchgate,

Tel. 01204 462444


360° Substance misuse service for young people and their families


Many young people who drink too much or experiment with drugs grow out of it as they get older. Some need the help of family, teachers, youth workers or similar.

360° is a substance misuse service working with young people under 18 and their families and carers in Bolton.

It has substance misuse workers, support workers, an emotional health practitioner and a tier 2 coordinator who provides support and training to professionals working with young people in Bolton.


Tel: 01204 337330


Sometimes we will ask for a child or young person to be seen by different specialist services.  These might include:


gmw trustJunction 17                                             

Junction 17 is part of Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.  It works to help young people with significant mental health needs and who may pose a high risk to themselves and others. The service aims to provide comprehensive assessment and treatment to young people with mental health problems including eating disorders, self-harming behaviour, mood disorders, psychosis and poor coping skills such as misusing substances.

The new centre replaced the McGuinness Unit in June 2013.   It is at Prestwich Hospital.


central manchesterGalaxy House


Galaxy House is part of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.  It provides an inpatient service to help young people with significant mental health needs and who may pose a high risk to themselves and others. Within the unit there is some educational provision.