No Limits was set up in 1993, through a group of young people and a number of agencies in Southampton identifying that young people needed access to information, advice and counselling. Representatives of Youth Justice, Mental Health Services, the Health Authority, Social Services and the Youth Service came together and the Shirley open access drop-in centre was born.
Initially No Limits offered information and advice and in its first full year of operation (1994 – 1995) had 225 contacts with young people. By 1996 a number of new services had been developed – sexual health services including free condoms and pregnancy tests (supported by Health Promotion and Family Planning); housing support; and counselling (supported by the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services).
By 2000 we had outgrown our Shirley premises. We successfully raised funds to expand to a further 2 centres in Southampton and opened our City Centre branch in 2000 and our Sholing branch in 2001.
In 2015 we asked young people to tell us their thoughts on the services we provide. The main findings were that young people wanted to be able to access our drop-in services more often, with the same opening times every day to minimise confusion. Following this feedback, the decision was made to close our Shirley and Sholing drop-in centres, and in December 2015, the No Limits Advice Centre in central Southampton became the main hub where young people could access advice and support.
Today, we have grown to support thousands of children and young people across Southampton and Hampshire each year through our Advice Centre, Health and Wellbeing drop-in sessions in schools and colleges and through the specialist projects we deliver.