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Talkzone offers support to young people taking exams

Lancashire students who are currently studying for their A-level or GCSE exams are reminded that help, support and guidance is available from Talkzone, the county council’s advice service.

Young people aged from 12 to19 can access this support by telephone, text, webtalk, email and Facebook. It is also available for any young person up to the age of 25 with special educational needs or a disability.

The service is available between 2pm and 10pm, every day of the year, including weekends and bank holidays. Talkzone is provided by the county council’s Children and Family Wellbeing Service.

County Councillor Susie Charles, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Schools, said: “I appreciate that this can be a very stressful time for young people. They may be feeling the pressure of exams approaching and revision still to do.

“Through Talkzone, young people can speak with trained advisers in confidence and chat through their worries about exams, or about anything else that is worrying them. Staff are able to talk about a wide range of issues which young people tell us they really appreciate, including feeling stressed.

“I’d encourage any young person who is getting ready to take exams at the moment and is worried about them to contact Talkzone and chat their concerns through.

“Since it was set up 23 years ago, Talkzone advisers have responded to thousands of enquiries from young people on a huge range of issues.

“Whether the issue is large or small, Talkzone is available to help, so don’t be afraid to call, text or contact us online.”

The service is open from 2pm to 10pm, every day of the year. Young people are welcome to ring on 0800 511111, text on 07786 511111, email talkzone@lancashire.gov.uk or visit www.facebook.com/LancashireYZ to talk about any issue that concerns them.

More information about Talkzone and other young people’s issues is available at www.lancashire.gov.uk/yps

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