Who we are

the lowdown is a voluntary Mental Health charity, providing free and confidential counselling, emotional wellbeing, sexual health and LGBTQ support services for 11-25 year olds.

We believe there is no need for young people to experience difficult situations alone.

About us

the lowdown offers a caring environment where young people are supported on their journey towards positive emotional health and wellbeing.

We’re proud recipients of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. We’re also members of the REACH partnership of five agencies – providing professional and confidential youth counselling for young people across Northamptonshire.

You’re safe with us

Our fully trained team provides safe, friendly, confidential and non-judgemental services. There are various ways to get in touch and then we will work out together how we can best support each young person.

Our 5 core services

the lowdown is a voluntary Mental Health charity, providing free and confidential counselling, emotional wellbeing, sexual health and LGBTQ support services for 11-25 year olds.

We believe there is no need for young people to experience difficult situations alone.

About us

the lowdown offers a caring environment where young people are supported on their journey towards positive emotional health and wellbeing.

We’re proud recipients of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. We’re also members of the REACH partnership of five agencies – providing professional and confidential youth counselling for young people across Northamptonshire.

You’re safe with us

Our fully trained team provides safe, friendly, confidential and non-judgemental services. There are various ways to get in touch and then we will work out together how we can best support each young person.

Our 5 core services

We’d love to hear from you

We are based in the heart of Northampton’s town centre so you can pop in and see us, or you can contact us in other ways if that’s easier for you.

We’re here for you. You are not alone.

Statistics 2018/19

In the last financial year, the lowdown had over 6,000 contacts with young people through all our services.

This is up by 17% on the previous year. Of those 6,000 contacts, more than half were one to one counselling sessions for over 600 young people.

support contacts for young people provided by the lowdown’s inhouse Counselling, Sexual Health and LGBTQ services. Up 17% from the previous year.

individual counselling sessions and support sessions delivered by the lowdown.

individuals accessed the lowdown for counselling support services, including 40 referrals for Rapid Response support via our NHS-funded project.

percentage reduction in the number of young people on the waiting list for counselling.

sessions provided by the lowdown’s sexual health nurse.

drop-ins for free condoms, chlamydia screening and pregnancy testing groups.

contacts with young people during 72 youth group sessions provided by our ‘Out There’ LGBTQ groups.

Professional referrals (CAMHS, GPs, etc.)

volunteers donated their precious time to the lowdown for which we are eternally grateful.

“We understand that it can feel like a big step to take, but we are here for you. You are not alone…”

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