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Support and advice hub for young people to open its doors in Horsham on Monday, July 3

Graham Robson June 27, 2023

i-Rock Horsham District, a new support and advice hub for young people, will officially launch on Monday, July 3.

The hub will be a safe space for 14 to 25-year olds Рwhere they can access support from a trusted professional, without the need for a referral. i-Rock will help young people identify issues that might be affecting their emotional wellbeing and mental health and then signpost them to the appropriate support; whether that is emotional or practical.

The hub will also provide a wide range of other services to help with issues including relationships, money and benefits, family problems, bullying, housing, education and employment. i-Rock is run by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, alongside local authority and voluntary sector colleagues.

Elle Dyson, Service Lead for i-Rock, said:¬†“We are very excited to be bringing this innovative new service to Horsham District. Through our core offer we will enable young people to access support, free from stigma, in a timely manner and without having to navigate complicated referral routes.”

Dr Jane Padmore, Chief Executive of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said:¬†“I am delighted that i-Rock Horsham District is opening on July 3. It will offer young people a safe, secure and confidential place to talk to a trusted adult, get help, advice and support to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

“I am grateful to our voluntary sector and local authority colleagues for their partnership work in creating this important service.”

The services will be offered from Hurst Café, Hurst Road, which is run by local youth charity 4TheYouth, one of the partners of the i-Rock development.

A spokesperson said:¬†‚Äú4theYouth are really pleased to welcome i-Rock to join us at Hurst Caf√©. We are very excited about the service they will be offering to the young people of Horsham District and we look forward to working together.‚ÄĚ

Dr Samir Khan, Clinical Director at Horsham Central Primary Care Network (PCN), another of the project partners, said:¬†“We are extremely proud to be partnered with the team at i-Rock who demonstrate incredible drive and passion towards supporting their target population. We are privileged to be part of this journey towards creating an essential service in Horsham.”

Young people will not need a referral to access the service and they can expect an appointment of up to one hour with a trusted and experienced practitioner. They can drop in or make an appointment and choose to either access the service in person or online.

For opening times and further information, visit the i-Rock Horsham District service page.

Alongside the i-Rock team other partners will be based at the hub including Change, Grow, Live, Social Prescribers from Horsham Central Primary Care Network and a work coach from Horsham Job Centre.

Search Facebook for i-Rock Horsham District or search for @irockHD on Instagram and TikTok.