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 advice and information 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.
Today, we have grown to work with children and young people across Southampton through our central advice centre, through Health & Wellbeing drop in sessions in schools and colleges and through specialist projects in Hampshire.