Who We Are
It’s Your Choice was established in 1987 to help young people in the New Forest by providing confidential and free advice, support, guidance, and advice.
As a youth charity we want to empower young people to make positive life choices and to be there providing help and support to prevent problems escalating into bigger concerns.
We offer information and advice about many issues that affect young people including, mental health and emotional issues, drug and alcohol abuse and healthy relationships.
Young people’s first point of contact with us can depend due to their needs. Visit our Services page for more information.
To respond to the emotional health and well-being needs of young people, including those experiencing difficult social or economic circumstances.
We shall do this by establishing, maintaining, and developing information, advice, counselling and support services designed to help them make safe, positive choices and lead fulfilling lives.
Our mission is to offer a safe, free, and confidential support service that is accessible to all young people, aged 11-25, who live in the areas in which we operate and require our support. Through the provision of information, advice, guidance, counselling and casework support, delivered through our various drop-in sessions, outreach work, workshops, and projects or, where necessary, by signposting to other services, we will aim to provide young people with the knowledge, skills and information they need to make safe, positive choices on issues which affect their lives.
At the heart of all our work with young people will be a commitment to be non-judgmental, to show them respect, to empower them, and to involve them as much as possible in the development and delivery of our services.
Our vision is that all young people are able to lead healthy, happy and fulfilling lives and to make a positive contribution to society for the benefit of both themselves and their communities.