In response to Government guidelines regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Spectra have made the difficult decision to move all counselling contact online, for the foreseeable future. We have a duty of care to all our service users and have decided to do this in order to minimize the risk we pose to each other. This includes assessments as well as regular 1-to-1 sessions.
SPECTRA have been commissioned to deliver sexual health services to young people in Merton and Wandsworth via an outreach, prevention, and engagement programme. Our work includes targeted 1:1 support, as well as groupwork sessions; supporting schools and education settings in providing compulsory Relationships and Sex Education.
OUR counselling and mentoring services are available to young people (13-25 years) who live, work, study, or socialise in Merton or Wandsworth. Young people can refer themselves into the service, or can be referred by a supportive adult. In all cases young people need to consent to the referral and need to agree to engage with the service.
Spectra works within Fraser Guidelines, so we do not require parental consent to work with young people 13+ who are Gillick Competent. We do however need all young people to provide details of an emergency contact with who any safeguarding concerns can be shared.
SPECTRA is funded by Children In Need to provide free support for young people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or are questioning their gender or sexuality.
This service is for young people aged between 13 and 18 who find it difficult to access counselling from non-LGBTQI+ agencies. Counselling falls under the umbrella term ‘talking therapies’ and allows young people to discuss problems and difficult feelings in a safe, confidential and non-stigmatising space.
Counselling can offer support in a range of areas including: Sexual and gender identity; Confidence and self-esteem; Relationships (family, peer, or sexual); and Transitioning.
It is a voluntary service and sessions are tailored to the needs and goals of the young people.
The dialogue between young people and counsellor can be verbal as well as explored through creative media for example: drama therapy, poetry, or art making. Creativity can be helpful in accessing parts of ourselves for which we may struggle to find spoken words and can offer ways to take a step back from the problem and reflect on it from a different angle.
Counselling sessions are held at:
There are no location restrictions, but young people would need to be able to travel to these venues to access face-to-face support.
Please read the information sheets below for more detail about this service.
If you would like to apply for the service directly, you can complete the below registration form and return it to Uni-T@spectra-london.org.uk. Young people can self-refer or be referred by a professional.
If you have any more questions about our UNI-T project, please email Uni-T@spectra-london.org.uk.
OUR LGBTQ+ Youth Group service is now running online.
The group is for 13-18 year olds who identify as LGBTQ+ and want a space to socialise with other LGBTQ+ peers, and to find support with their mental health, identity, and personal development.
Sessions are twice weekly:
At each session members of Spectra staff will be facilitating discussion, and on hand to provide support and signposting to members.
If you would like to join the Youth Group please contact YPService@spectra-london.org.uk.
SPECTRA can offer targeted groupwork on either a one-off basis, or as a series of sessions.
Topics covered include:
We are also available to support education provisions in delivering Relationships and Sex Education sessions as part of the new guidance around compulsory RSE provision.
If you are interested in accessing our groupwork support, please email your request to YPService@spectra-london.org.uk.
SPECTRA also offers training to professionals working with young people.
Topics covered include:
We are also available to support education provisions in preparing for the delivery of compulsory Relationships and Sex Education from September 2020.
If you are interested in accessing our professionals training, please contact us at YPService@spectra-london.org.uk.