Children and young people's services

We are committed to improving the prospects for children and young people in Horsham District. We support children and young people in a variety of ways including: helping them to have their say, providing places for them to go and improving availability of information and advice.

Hurst Café

The Youth Café is open at Horsham Youth Centre, Hurst Road, RH12 2DN for all young people aged 11-18.

A space for young people to meet and hang out with a free Wi-Fi, pool table, Xbox and a café menu with hot and cold drinks and snacks available.

Free drop in sessions take place every weekday from 3pm - 6pm. Payable sessions are also available:

  • Monday Buddies SEND (special educational needs and disability) club, 6:30pm - 8:30pm.
  • Year 11-13 Student Night on Wednesdays, 6pm - 9pm.
Horsham Youth Cafe

Horsham District Youth Forum

Horsham District Youth Forum meets monthly in Horsham at Hurst Youth Centre from 5pm to 6.30pm. The group looks at campaigning, gives their views on elements of the council's work and takes part in consultations.

They are also looking at campaigning and engaging digitally, and in different areas across the District to ensure a variety of young people can get their voices heard.

Please contact youth@horsham.gov.uk if you are interested in joining or would like to find out more.

HD Youth Forum

Community Youth Boxing Programme

The World Boxing Council (WBC) Cares UK Community Boxing Programme has fully funded spaces available for young people age 11-17 across the Horsham District.

Storrington

Tuesday, 5pm-6pm
Chanctonbury Leisure Centre

Billingshurst

Wednesdays, 3:30pm-4:30pm
The Weald Community School

Pulborough

Wednesdays, 5pm-6pm
St Mary's Primary School

Female boxer smiling at camera

Book your free spot today by contacting: info@wbccaresuk.org or for more information please visit their website.

Purple Bus Detached Youth Work

The Purple Bus is managed by Sussex Clubs for Young People. The bus travels to locations in the district on different days and provides fun activities and helpful information for young people. They have lots of activities on board including card games, Wii, football, internet, TV, music, circus equipment. They have also got laptops, digital cameras, music, quizzes, games, art and information leaflets.

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Mobile Community Hub (formerly the Snack Wagon)

The Mobile Community Hub has a mobile youth provision that offers support for young people aged between 13 and 18 years in Horsham. Youth Workers from 4TheYouth engage with young people on issues that matter to them, offer light refreshments and can give advice, support and signposting them to other agencies.

Popular topics of conversation include: mental health, education, drugs, alcohol, sexual health, safe driving and other issues affecting young people.

Find out more about the hub and its locations

Useful links for young people

Together with West Sussex County Council, we have put together a list of support services covering a range of issues that may affect children and young people.

View useful links