Safe East marks its first year at Mile End

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Celebrating the work of Safe East

 Safe East, the confidential health advice service for young people, celebrated its first year with an event on 21 March at the Genesis Cinema in Mile End.

The event was held to both raise awareness of the new service, with discussions, information and advice about sexual health and substance misuse services, and to celebrate the great work that has been done to date.

The service, based at Mile End Road, offers a confidential space for young people to: ask questions; get support on a range of issues, including on drugs, alcohol and stopping smoking; receive relationship advice; and get free condoms, contraception, STI testing and treatment. 

Staffed by friendly, non-judgemental health professionals, young people can drop-in from 10am – 2pm on Mondays and from 1pm – 5pm on Tuesdays – Fridays. The team also goes out to see young people in schools, youth clubs and health centres across Tower Hamlets to offer support.

John Biggs Mayor of Tower Hamlets said: “Safe East provides vital help to our young people in Tower Hamlets. It supports them to stay healthy and access advice, information and treatment and we look forward to continuing to work in partnership with them.”

A former service user told the young mayor and gathered health professionals about how the service has provided a supportive environment to deal with problems and a place to talk to someone who listened and understood.

Lisa Sturrock, Service Manager from Safe East said: “We wanted to create a welcoming place for young people to come and ask questions and make it easy for them to receive confidential advice.”

Safe East is located at 59 Mile End Road E1 4TT. You can also text Safe East on 07520 615 593 or call 020 3954 0091 if you want to speak to someone.

For more information on Safe East visit the compass website, email compass.towerhamletsyphws@nhs.net or follow @safeeast on Twitter.

Posted on Monday 25th March 2019