The council supports children and young people in a variety of ways including helping them to have their say and improving availability of information and advice.


Ideas into action

Chichester District Council's youth engagement officers work in schools to deliver the "Ideas Into Action" programme. This programme enables pupils to learn more about their neighbourhood, the importance of having a voice, and how they can be influential to bring about change by having an active role in their community. On our youtube page you can see the children putting their ideas into action at  Harting Primary school  and the  Vote for me day 2014 .

Five Ways to Wellbeing

The Five Ways to Wellbeing asks children to focus on five positive actions they can incorporate into their daily lives, as individuals and also as part of their community.

The Five Ways are:

  • Connect - encouraging children to strengthen and broaden their range of relationships and social networks. It encourages them to spend time with their friends and family and make time for having a chat.
  • Be active - stresses that being active is for people of all ages and does not need to be intense physical activity. Being active can also encourage social interactions.
  • Keep learning - learning is for people of all ages and can involve absolutely anything!
  • Take notice - asks children to take time to stop, become aware of their surroundings and listen to their thoughts and feelings about them
  • Give and receive - focuses on how giving and receiving acts of kindness, whether small or large can make people feel happier and more satisfied about life.


These workshops have been offered to schools in the Think Family Neighbourhoods and surrounding areas for year 5 pupils. To learn about skills to self-manage emotions and activities to help them remain healthy both physically and mentally. This year Natures Way  are sponsoring the workshops, Stephanie Jones, Business Insight and Communications Manager says: "Natures Way Foods have a thriving Community Programme and are proud to support local organisations that focus on Education, Sport and Healthy Living.  We feel that the Five Ways to Wellbeing scheme is a great link to our brand and strategy and more importantly will provide excellent support to pupils in school. We are delighted to partner with Chichester District Council's Five Ways to Wellbeing scheme and are pleased to support this proactive approach to wellbeing for children."

Five Ways & Natures Way logos Here is feedback from the teachers on how they found the children engaged:

Sidlesham Primary School 'Their excitement and enthusiasm was evident all day. They were engaged with all the activities'.

Kingsham Primary School 'Children who do not normally respond to this style of learning were engaged'.

Tangmere Primary Academy 'All the children were very active throughout the day and sessions. They particularly enjoyed the healthy picnic. They enjoyed the activity based around eye contact, which they found fun'.

Birdham Primary School 'The delivery was very positive throughout the day and this rubbed off on the children.'

Outreach youth services

Your space is run by West Sussex County Council and is mainly aimed at young people aged 11 - 25 living in West Sussex. This website has information on all the things that are important to you in your life right now. As well as events and competitions there is also tons of stuff you can vote on, information on where to find help and advice, and details on what the Youth Cabinet have been up to.

The "Find it out centre" provides a service to all young people aged 13 to 25 years. They offer information, advice and guidance in an empowering and non-judgemental way. They offer a free and confidential service in the following areas:

  • housing & homelessness;
  • money matters;
  • benefits & debt;
  • management;
  • sexual health;
  • mental health;
  • relationship issues;
  • justice and equality;
  • drugs and alcohol;
  • advocacy, and;
  • education, employment and training.

The opening times are:

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday 1.00pm - 5.00pm
  • They offer an NHS sexual health clinic for 13 - 25 year olds on Mondays 2.30pm - 4.30pm
  • Based at the New Park Centre on New Park Road, Chichester.

The Information Shop , based in the Boys Club, Little London now has a drop-in information and support service, open on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon 1.00pm to 5.00pm as well as its counselling service. They offer emotional support in a safe and confidential environment on any issues that concern young people. The counselling service they offer is person-centred and is tailored to each client.

Local sports, arts and activities clubs

Sport in the community sessions are based at the University of Chichester Sports Dome and are for young people aged 6-15. Sessions take place on Saturday mornings, 10.00-12.00, and run according to the Term Times. They are a great way for kids to get active, enjoy themselves and make new friends.

Chichester District Council has a comprehensive listing of sport and leisure clubs and societies in your area. The clubs are listed alphabetically by the name of the sport or activity, in our sports club directory.