This Autism Awareness Month, Ryan tells us his story of living with autism in the hope that his experience might help others in similar situations. "My difficulties started before I was even born! My mum has a negative blood group and the one medication designed to help failed for my mum the 2nd time round when she was pregnant with me...
11 Apr 2022
This Eating Disorders Awareness Week, we want young people to know that there is help out there and that recovery is possible. Sasha, who suffered from anorexia nervosa between the ages of 13-17, shared his story of an eating disorder and recovery with us in the hope that his experience might help others in similar situations. "I suffered from anorexia nervosa between the ages of 13-17. When I was young in school I wanted to lose weight due to being teased. This was a process that did not seem to end. I was in and out of hospital over the span of the 2 years, even being admitted under section...
04 Mar 2022
New housing support for homeless young people set to launch in Southampton this summer
We're really pleased that our youth-led project, Help Us Move On, has worked with local decision makers to introduce a new housing scheme for homeless people in the city.
04 Feb 2022
Helping young people to take their next steps
We're pleased to announce that we’ve been awarded funding from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire to support young people leaving Youth Offending Institutions as part of our Next Steps project.
30 Sep 2021
Face-to-Face mental health support for young people on the IOW
Space 4 U, an out of hours mental health support service for young people aged 11-17, has relaunched its face-to-face sessions on the Isle of Wight after 18 months. The service, which is run by Hampshire youth charity, No Limits, enables young people on the island to access instant emotional and practical support with their mental health, providing them with the tools and techniques to make positive changes.
23 Aug 2021
No Limits joins HSBC’s No Fixed Address Scheme
No Limits has joined HSBC's No Fixed Address programme to enable young people without a fixed home address to open a bank account. The scheme empowers homeless and sofa surfing people to manage their money from work or benefits in a safe and secure way, equipping them with budgeting skills for the future.
21 Jul 2021
New support for children and young people in Winchester and Basingstoke Emergency Departments
Next month, No Limits is set to launch a new youth worker support service for young people aged 11-25 in the Emergency Departments at Winchester and Basingstoke hospitals.
Young people presenting at A&E as a result of violent crime or mental health-related issues will be able to receive support with their emotional health and wellbeing from a No Limits Youth Worker, alongside the clinical care they are receiving from the medical team.
24 May 2021
Urgent support needed for young people’s emotional wellbeing as lockdown eases
New research from No Limits shows that 1 in 10 children felt they had nowhere to go for support with their emotional wellbeing during the pandemic, and 25% were unable to talk to family or friends. While some found life easier when the first lockdown ended, others found the return to school and the ‘new normal’ even more difficult to cope with. The Southampton charity is calling for urgent support for young people as they emerge from lockdown yet again.
08 Apr 2021
Southampton’s Hidden Superheroes
This Young Carers Action Day, No Limits is recognising young carers across the city to help raise awareness of the vital role they have in the community. No Limits has shared poems written by young carers that highlight the superhero roles they carry out in their everyday lives. 10 year old Millie wrote “Today I am a superhero in disguise because I have to smile through the hardest times. Today I am strong because I can stand up to my fears with only a little hesitation. Today I am courageous, to put on my cape and be my own superhero.”
16 Mar 2021
Local young people losing hope for their long-term future
New research by local youth charity No Limits shows that 82% of young people are worried about their long-term future with only 17.5% thinking that the pandemic hadn’t had a negative impact on their life chances.
Although 65% felt their emotional wellbeing had worsened in the first lockdown, a third also believed that the ‘new normal’ had lead to further problems, raising concerns at the charity that both this lockdown and what comes next will have a significant impact on many young people’s mental health.
04 Feb 2021
No Limits is seeking trustees
No Limits is seeking trustees to help aid the strategic direction of the charity and ensure children and young people have access to the best possible support in Southampton and Hampshire.
In the last year, No Limits has supported over 7,000 children and young people and has continued to provide free and confidential information and advice both online and face-to-face during the pandemic.
04 Jan 2021
Face-to-face mental health support to launch in North East Hampshire and Farnham
No Limits is set to launch its mental health support service in North East Hampshire and Farnham in the new year.
The service, Safe Haven, is for young people aged 10-17 who need support with their emotional wellbeing and mental health or are experiencing a mental health crisis.
Up until now, the service has been delivered virtually via Zoom and phone support due to the pandemic, however from the 4th January, young people will be able to access instant emotional and practical support with their mental health in person (subject to any changes in Covid restrictions).
22 Dec 2020
Christmas cheer for Young Carers in Southampton
This week, No Limits has delivered Christmas stockings filled with gifts to Young Carers across the city, with the support of Brighterway, the charity for Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.
50 stockings were filled with gifts of socks, chocolates, bath bombs, games, an Amazon voucher and more for children and young people who care for an unwell or disabled family member and are supported throughout the year by No Limits.
18 Dec 2020
Christmas Family Packs help create fun festive season while supporting young people in need
No Limits has created a Christmas family fun pack to help everyone make the most of this very different Christmas – to create some seasonal excitement and allow family and friends to enjoy some fun, whether together or online.
The pack is available for a suggested donation of £5, with all money raised from the packs going towards No Limits’ vital work with vulnerable children and young people in Southampton and across Hampshire. Suitable for children and families of all ages it includes Christmas games, quizzes, a letter to Santa template, Christmas recipes, a seasonal film bingo and colouring pages.
09 Dec 2020
No Limits receives continuation funding to support young offenders
No Limits has been awarded funding from The Swire Foundation and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire to continue their one-to-one support for young offenders in Southampton.
The project equips young people aged 16-24 with the practical skills, confidence and emotional support needed to re-engage into the community, enabling a smooth transition from custody and helping to reduce the risk of re-offending.
12 Nov 2020
In September 2020 we supported 12 year old Raheem*. Raheem was brought into the Emergency Department as he had been experiencing abdominal pains as a result of not eating and he was suffering with an anxiety attack. Raheem’s Dad brought him into the Emergency Department; he expressed his concern and explained they desperately needed help and they didn’t know where to turn to.
30 Oct 2020
Mayor of Southampton supports No Limits as charity of the year
Councillor Sue Blatchford, the 798th Mayor of Southampton, has chosen to support No Limits as one of two charities of the year to help build brighter futures for children and young people in need.
The Mayor recognises the difficult times children and young people are facing as a result of covid-19 and hopes to play a part in helping to rebuild their futures.
22 Oct 2020
No Limits becomes local delivery partner for national See Hear Respond Programme
No Limits is partnering with Barnardo’s to help deliver the government’s new See Hear Respond programme to support all children and young people affected by Covid-19 in the local area. The See, Hear, Respond Partnership has been created specifically to help children, young people and families in England who are experiencing harm and increased adversity during coronavirus. This could include problems with re-integrating into school, anxiety, isolation and low emotional wellbeing. It offers early support to avoid problems developing into a crisis.
14 Sep 2020
New Young Person’s Safe Haven Service in North East Hampshire and Farnham
No Limits has been awarded a contract to deliver a mental health support service in North East Hampshire and Farnham. This service is for young people aged 10-17 who need support with their emotional wellbeing and mental health or are experiencing a mental health crisis. The Young Person’s Safe Haven will enable young people to access instant emotional and practical support with their mental health, providing them with the tools and techniques to enable them to be as safe as possible and make positive changes.
02 Sep 2020
Back to school: report highlights increased need as children and young people return to school
As many children and young people return to face-to-face education for the first time in nearly six months, No Limits has published a report looking at the impact of the lockdown on children and young people and their anxieties about returning to school. The report highlights the need for the local authority, health and voluntary sectors to pull together and scale up resources to meet the likely surge in children and young people needing support over the coming year and beyond.
28 Aug 2020
Two Southampton charities come together to help vulnerable children moving to secondary school
No Limits and Youth Options have launched a new joint project to help vulnerable children in years 6 and 7 as they transition to secondary school. Working with schools and Southampton City Council’s Violence Reduction Unit, the project will focus on children who are at risk of anti-social behaviour during the pandemic, helping them turn away from negative behaviour and begin secondary school in a positive way.
27 Aug 2020
New Advice & Support Line for Children and Young People in Southampton
No Limits has launched an advice and support line for children and young people who are struggling with their mental health and need immediate access to help and support. Having launched in July, the service has been made possible through funding from Southampton’s Clinical Commissioning Group. Children and young people calling the No Limits phone number will have immediate access to one to one, confidential, emotional support as well as advice on healthy coping skills and signposting to useful apps and websites.
29 Jul 2020
No Limits’ recruitment campaign to meet increased need for support
This week we have launched an extensive recruitment campaign in response to the increased need they are seeing in the city, brought about by Covid-19. The new roles will increase the charity’s capacity to support children and young people, and ensure that each young person can receive support across our services in a joined-up way.
13 Jul 2020
Earlier this month, Eloise* got in touch with us as she had been feeling anxious about returning to school. Whilst she was looking forward to seeing her friends again, she was worried about what the new normal would look like and the pressure of change.
26 Jun 2020
No Limits Colouring Competition
If you’ve got some spare time on your hands (which we all do these days), then why not get creative and invest in your well-being by taking part in our competition?
23 Jun 2020
This is Danielle. A few weeks ago, Danielle got in touch with us via our online web chat as she was struggling with her mental health during lockdown, especially with feelings of anxiety. Our Youth Workers listened to how Danielle was feeling and encouraged her to book onto one of our anxiety support sessions via Zoom. We also suggested some coping mechanisms for how Danielle could look after her mental health, including keeping busy and speaking to friends.
29 May 2020
Mental Health Awareness Week 18-22 May
65% of young people in Southampton feel that their mental health has worsened during the lockdown and there is also significant anxiety about social restrictions beginning to ease. With so many deaths, a long period of time indoors and now beginning to emerge into a new normal, No Limits are calling for urgent recognition and action around the mental health needs of children and young people.
18 May 2020
No Limits raises concerns about the impact of lockdown on children and young people
No Limits has supported hundreds of children and young people since the suspension of face to face services in mid-March. We have seen a huge shift to digital channels as children and young people seek help via webchat, video support, telephone and email.
06 May 2020
Supporting young people in their hour of need
A young person came to the Emergency Department as he had attempted to take his life. Being bullied at school left him with such low self-esteem and mental health issues that led him to a point where he didn't know what else to do.
09 Apr 2020
Important Service Update
Given the continuing advice from the government for social distancing, we have made the difficult decision to close the Advice Centre to protect young people and our staff. This includes the DASH service and the Space4U service in Southampton and the Isle of Wight. We are currently investigating all the different technology available for continuing our support for young people.
23 Mar 2020
We’re still here if you need us
No Limits are still here to provide advice and support. If you are a child, young person or parent and you need support from a member of our team, you can phone 02380 224 224 or email email@example.com.
02 Aug 2021
“I don’t reach out when my mental health is bad…I feel really lonely.”
We have released a report which highlights the links between young people’s mental ill health and loneliness in the City. No Limits Youth Ambassadors, a group of young people committed to social action and change in Southampton, conducted a two-week survey asking children and young people in the City about youth loneliness.
11 Mar 2020
No Limits are carefully monitoring the situation regarding the Coronavirus Covid-19 and following the advice of Public Health England. We are issuing all our staff with advice about preventative measures such as hand washing. At present we see no reason to close our Advice Centre or make any changes to our services.
18 Mar 2020
Last year No Limits was involved in a pilot scheme with Youth Access called the Altogether Better Charter, a charter created by young people for person-centred mental health and wellbeing services.
06 Mar 2020
No Limits provide advice and support to young people in Emergency Department
No Limits has launched a pilot project with the University Hospital in Southampton, to provide support to vulnerable children and young people who present at the Emergency Department in crisis. The project will provide crucial support to young people visiting the Emergency Department as victims of violent crime or those experiencing issues related to mental health problems such as self-harm, suicide attempts or eating disorders.
27 Feb 2020
No Limits launch knife crime campaign
No Limits is today launching a campaign to reduce the number of knives being carried by young people in the city by highlighting the dangers of carrying a knife and encouraging young people to talk to someone about their fears of violent crime, rather than resort to carrying a weapon for protection.
31 Jan 2020
New year, new you!
With Christmas festivities all but a distant memory, there’s never been a better time to beat the January blues and set yourself a new challenge for 2020. Here at No Limits, we're encouraging our supporters to sign up to run the ABP Southampton 10K, half marathon or marathon run this April to help raise much needed funds for our work with young people across the City.
09 Jan 2020
No Limits brings festive cheer to Southampton young people
Today, we held a Christmas meal for young people in the City who might not otherwise get to celebrate Christmas this year. The meal, which took place at the charity’s Advice Centre, was served by the Millbrook 457 Battery Royal Artillery Army Reserves, who helped to organize, prepare, cook and serve the meal to the young people.
19 Dec 2019
No Limits thanks local companies and groups for Christmas gift donations
We have been overwhelmed by the amount of support given to No Limits for those in need this Christmas. During the winter months we have received over 500 Christmas gifts from local businesses and community groups for some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people in the City.
11 Dec 2019
Help save the planet and support young people this Christmas
In a bid to help save the environment and raise money for those in need, Southampton youth charity, No Limits are asking its supporters to send festive e-cards and make a donation to the charity in lieu of sending Christmas cards.
06 Dec 2019
On 27th November 2019 No Limits received coverage in The Guardian and our CEO, Annabel Hodgson, was interviewed.
Annabel highlighted that one of the key concerns for the young people of Southampton is housing and homelessness. Indeed, No Limits supported 516 young people who were homeless or at risk of homelessness in 2018/19.
29 Nov 2019
Sponsored head shave by local charity’s office cleaner smashes all targets
Angie Sparshott, - cleaner at No Limits for 15 years – yesterday had her head shaved by one of the charity’s senior managers, to help the charity provide extra support for vulnerable children and young people this Christmas.
07 Nov 2019
Making Christmas special for every child
A Southampton youth charity have launched an appeal to ask the residents of Southampton to make a young person’s day this Christmas.
16 Oct 2019
New mental health support group for young women in Southampton
Local youth charity, No Limits has been awarded with funding from the Tampon Tax Fund to deliver a new mental health support group for vulnerable young women aged 16-25.
08 Oct 2019
New youth mental health service on the Isle of Wight
Leading local youth charity, No Limits has won funding for a new out of hours mental health support service on the Isle of Wight for young people aged 11-17 who are experiencing a mental health crisis.
04 Oct 2019
Young People Represent Southampton at Labour Party Conference
Local youth charity No Limits gave two Southampton young people the opportunity to speak directly to MPs at the Labour Party’s Conference in Bright last Sunday.
27 Sep 2019
New youth mental health service for Southampton
No Limits has won government funding for a new mental health support service for young people aged 18-25.
10 Sep 2019
Southampton young people enjoy outdoor adventure
A group of five young people went sky high as part of a team building exercise at Go Ape
06 Sep 2019
Southampton Swish set to save planet and support local charities
A group of three fashionistas have teamed up to help save the planet and support two local charities this September.
22 Aug 2019
Young carers enjoy weekend of respite at Fairthorne Manor
A group of young Southampton carers escaped the city for a weekend of respite last month thanks to The children’s Society and YMCA Fairthorne Manor’s Young Carer’s Festival.
14 Aug 2019
1,000 miles for Southampton youth charity
Two Southampton cyclists have clocked up over 1,000 miles across the country helping to raise nearly £2,000 for us!
25 Jul 2019
Charity’s garden transformed by volunteers to help local young people
Young people being supported by No Limits have a new therapeutic place to enjoy, thanks to a team of volunteers from British Gas and The Prince’s Trust Team Programme.
08 Jul 2019
Funding awarded to local charity to continue substance misuse service for young people in the City
No Limits has received funding from Southampton City Council to continue its Drugs, Alcohol Support and Health (DASH) service for the next five years.
01 Jul 2019
Let’s talk loneliness
No Limits has welcomed a new government campaign, launched at the start of Loneliness Awareness Week, which highlights that young people living in cities have a significant likeli-hood of suffering loneliness.
19 Jun 2019
No Limits takes young carers to the skies
No Limits has treated their young carers to a fun-filled Carers Week.
18 Jun 2019
Southampton hotel raises over £2,000 for No Limits
A second year of support for No Limits from Chilworth Manor
07 Jun 2019
GSK Impact Award leaders celebrate this years’ winners
Sharing 50 years of experience in the youth sector
28 May 2019
Signposting young people to improved mental health
No Limits will be helping young people think about their own mental health this coming week, as part of Mental Health Awareness Week.
09 May 2019
No Limits to open new group for children with learning difficulties
No Limits awarded funding from Southampton City Council to open a new, weekly group for 8-11 year olds with learning difficulties and/or autism.
08 Apr 2019
No Limits publish figures showing link between youth loneliness and poor mental health
Ahead of National Social Prescribing Day, No Limits has released statistics which highlights the impact loneliness has upon young people’s mental health and well-being in Southampton.
11 Mar 2019
Happy Days treat young carers to a fun-filled day at New Forest Wildlife Park
24 young carers were treated to a fun-filled day at The New Forest Wildlife Park courtesy of Happy Days.
01 Mar 2019
No Limits gains new Advocacy Quality Performance Mark (QPM)
No Limits has been awarded the Advocacy Quality Performance Mark (QPM) from the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi).
05 Feb 2019
No Limits highlights mental health suffering among young carers
Ahead of Young Carers Awareness Day No Limits highlights the risk of mental health issues amongst young carers.
31 Jan 2019
New project to address rising loneliness
No Limits will launch an exciting new project for vulnerable young people this month, thanks to a £70,000 grant from the #iwill Fund.
22 Jan 2019
Millbrook Army Reserves serve disadvantaged young people Christmas lunch
Millbrook 457 Battery Royal Artillery Army Reserves brought some Christmas spirit to Southampton this week, with a three-course meal for those young people supported by local charity No Limits.
21 Dec 2018
City’s job seekers supported into education and employment
No Limits has supported 187 vulnerable young people through their Work Club this year.
18 Dec 2018
No Limits thanks local companies as demands for services soar
With an 81% increase in the number of young people coming to the charity with mental health issues over the last year, No Limits today thanked the growing number of local businesses who support the charity.
27 Nov 2018
Rock Star Awards to support Southampton charity
No Limits has been selected as one of two charity beneficiaries for Rock Recruitment’s annual Rock Star Awards.
19 Oct 2018
No Limits spills the beans on local coffee donation
Local business, The Coffee Bean Company, have donated a brand new coffee machine to No Limits, so that the young people we support can enjoy a café-style hot drink when receiving support from the charity’s therapeutic groups and counselling service.
16 Oct 2018
Leading youth charity release staggering figures
Ahead of World Mental Health Day, No Limits has released staggering statistics which highlight the increasing need for mental health support in the area.
09 Oct 2018
Young people celebrate Southampton charity’s 25th birthday
No Limits celebrates 25 years in Southampton.
20 Sep 2018
Fairways treats young carers to a fun-filled day at Paulton’s Park
24 young carers were treated to a fun-filled day at Paulton’s Park courtesy of Fair Ways.
07 Sep 2018
Local charity’s work with homeless young people given a funding boost
No Limits has been given further funding from the Big Lottery Fund for their work supporting young people in Southampton with homelessness issues.
05 Sep 2018
No Limits to take on vital role as part of new ‘social prescribing’ project
No Limits has been awarded £85,000 from the government’s new Health and Wellbeing Fund to support socially excluded children and young people aged 5-25 in Southampton through ‘social prescribing’.
16 Aug 2018
No Limits launches web chat scheme to help young people
Local charity No Limits have received funding to expand their current reach through an online web chat service.
25 Jul 2018
No Limits launches social enterprise
No Limits is set to launch a social enterprise, No Limits Trading, this July.
17 Jul 2018
No Limits recognised as voluntary sector leader
No Limits has won a place on the GSK IMPACT Leaders Programme, which recognises leading health organisations in the voluntary sector.
13 Jun 2018