Safe Zone is a new mental health crisis support service for anyone living in Leeds, aged 11–17, and their parents/carers, who need someone to talk to a safe and confidential setting.
Safe Zone is staffed by experienced youth workers from Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service (LSLCS) who can offer around 45 minutes of emotional and practical support, COVID-permitting.
Due to COVID preventative measures, we are only able to provide prior appointment based support and are are unable to safely provide a social space for service users to unwind and have something to eat. (Social space provides young people around 20 minutes after their support to use any of the resources, ranging from games, crafts, food, and drink.)
Adapting to COVID-19, Safe Zone provides a hybrid approach combining telephone support and appointment based face-to-face from the following locations available on three nights from 18:00 to 21:00.
- Monday: The Market Place, LS1 6DG (above Hair City)
- Thursday: Dial House, 12 Chapel Street, LS15 7RW
- Sunday: LS-TEN, Unit 1 Kitson Rd, LS10 1NT
Safe Zone is run by LSLCS which also provides Teen Connect, a helpline service open from 15:30–02:00 weekdays, 18:00–02:00 weekends, 365 days of the year that supports young people via phone, text and online.
Collectively, Safe Zone builds on this expertise to offer 11–17-year olds and their parents/carers one-to-one support with a Crisis Support Worker, who will offer a warm, compassionate, empathic, safe space to talk.
How to access Safe Zone
Safe Zone can be accessed through a referral, this can be either be from yourself, a parent or carer, or a professional. For under 13s we will need parental or carer permission to attend Safe Zone. To make a referral, please call 0113 819 8189 or 07593 529367 between 17:00-20:30 on the day of support, with the last referral being taken at 20:30. Referrals operate on a first come, first served basis.
We will need to collect some basic information from you to ensure we can provide you with the best service and support possible. Young people and parents/carers will be supported separately, to ensure confidentiality is maintained. Please be aware, the team can see the phone number of any calls (except when number is withheld) and any text messages.
What does Safe Zone offer?
Our experienced staff will offer warm, accepting and understanding listening to construct a safe therapeutic environment. You can within your support look at ways of coping and keeping yourself safe, or if you’re a parent/carer ways to support your young person. Safe Zone can also offer information and signposting about other support services relevant to the difficulties that you may be experiencing. Within your support, we may look at a range of options to find your own solution to the difficulties you experience.
Safe Zone’s service offer will vary in line with government and health guidance and therefore the above details are subject to change.
Safe Zone requires visitors to wear face coverings or face shields. You will have to sanitise your hands when entering the premises. A temperature check will be carried out by a Safe Zone staff member, following some questions regarding potential exposure to COVID-19. Individuals are required to maintain a safe two metre physical distance between others. Between you and the support worker, there will be a plastic shield in place to further prevent transmission. Following your visit, likely touched contact services will be wiped down. We appreciate your understanding and adherence to these measurements.