Spectra Covid-19 update


SPECTRA has been commissioned to deliver sexual health services to young people in Merton via an outreach, prevention, and engagement programme in Merton. Services include 121 support around sexual health and related issues, counselling, mentoring, STI screening – including HIV testing, and contraception support. Spectra will also deliver training to other professionals around sexual health, contraception and young people, and have expertise and services for trans and non-binary people, including social support groups and counselling for this group.


The counselling for young LGBTQI+ people is a free service offering up to 12 individual sessions. The service is provided by Spectra under the Uni-­T project. The Uni-­T Project aims to provide community-­based and peer-­led services for LGBTQI+ young people.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Identify as LGBTQI+ and/or be questioning or wanting to explore their gender/sexual orientation
  • Be aged between 13 and 18 years’ old
  • Live, study, work or socialise in the London borough of Merton
  • Consent to and attend an initial counselling assessment to make sure counselling is the most appropriate
    support for them
  • Consent to and attend regular weekly sessions
  • Not be in therapy anywhere else whilst receiving counselling at Spectra
  • Family members of LGBTQI+ young people may also be considered for support on a case-­by-­case basis

If you feel you would benefit from counselling support please complete the registration form online. Or, for more information about this service and how to access it, please read the Uni-T Counselling Info-sheet.


Eligibility criteria:

  • Live, work, socialise, or are in education in Merton
  • Aged 13-24 inclusive
  • Vulnerable to or engaging in risky behaviour relating to sexual activity
  • Low/unrealistic knowledge levels around sex and sexual health; including issues of consent, contraception, and healthy relationships

Forms of support:

  • Drop-in 1:1 support around contraception, relationships, and sexual health (including STI screening and pregnancy testing), sexuality and gender identity
  • Structured 1:1 mentoring covering topics such as consent, self-esteem, and healthy relationships (this will be tailored to the needs of the individual client)
  • Support for vulnerable groups e.g. LAC, YOT, and those not in mainstream education
  • Registering young people to the Merton condom scheme; delivering condom demonstrations, and distributing condoms
  • Supporting Sex and Relationship Education within schools where requested, covering topics such as: gender identity, pornography, stigma and discrimination, and abuse
  • Onward referrals to specialist services where appropriate, including fast-track referral pathway to a Specialist Nurse who can provide EHC and LARC
  • Engagement in events and national campaigns e.g. National HIV Testing Week (NHTW), Condom Week
  • Training to professionals around Sexual Health, contraception, and strategies for talking to young people about sexual health and relationships.

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If you are interested in referring an individual for a 1:1 support (up to 6 sessions, not counselling), or for training, please get in touch:

Cat Archer, Young Person’s Sexual Health Coordinator, Merton  cat@spectra-london.org.uk / 07712 404251

For any referrals, please feel free to complete the referral form and send it back to us directly.