Competition to help rebrand youth advice service

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A competition has been launched to find a new name for West Sussex County Council’s Information, Advice and Guidance services for young people.

Due to national changes on how careers advice and guidance is delivered, the West Sussex Youth Support and Development Service has decided to rebrand its Information, Advice and Guidance services.

The changes mean that schools now have the responsibility for giving careers advice to the majority of young people. This service was previously delivered in West Sussex under the Connexions branding – this is now being phased out nationally.

West Sussex currently has Information Shops for Young People, Connexions Centres, and Connexions Personal Advisors. The competition is to come up with a new name for this service, to bring them under one title which can be easily recognised by young people, parents and professionals.

Cabinet member for children and families Peter Evans said: “The new name for the service needs to reflect its ethos – a service centred around young people that offers support on all of the issues that affect young people today.

“The service currently provides drop-in sessions for young people offering advice on issues such as employment, training, money matters and debt, housing and homelessness, benefits, mental health issues, physical and sexual health, family and relations, and can also refer young people into a counselling service.”

The competition runs until Saturday September 1, and is open to everyone from young people and parents, to all residents and professionals.

The entries will then be shortlisted to five suggestions and opened to a public vote to choose the winning name.

The prize on offer to the winning person or team is a £50 voucher of their choice or, if over the age of 18, a bottle of champagne.

To find out more, or to enter the competition, visit the Your Space website at