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About Us



Faces in Focus started life as the Teenage Information Network (TIN), a voluntary youth group, in 1977 in a portacabin in Manor Place, Walworth. TIN moved to our previous premises in Harper Road, Elephant and Castle in 1979. In those days, TIN mainly focused on group activities for young people such as silk screen printing, photography and badge making, with counselling and information, advice, and guidance running alongside them.


Like many voluntary sector organisations at the time, it was run as a collective. Due to a change of circumstances in the early 1990s, it was decided to restructure the organisation and change the focus of the organisation to a Youth Support and Counselling Service for 11-25-year-olds. Coupled with this, a management structure was introduced and with it a change of name from TIN to Faces in Focus.

Faces In Focus Counselling Services

Who We Are

Faces in Focus is a young people’s Counselling Service for 11 – 25-year-olds who mainly live, study or work in Southwark and Lambeth.

Young people can refer themselves or be referred by another organisation or agency. We provide counselling for:

  • Past Trauma
  • Psychological mental health conditions

Common conditions may be:

  • Depression or Anxiety
  • Alcohol or Substance abuse
  • Addictions
  • Phobia conditions
  • Abuse (Sexual, Domestic, Violent, Gang & Psychological

Faces in Focus is a member of Youth Access – the national membership organisation for young people’s information, advice, counselling, and support services (YIACS).

Our Approach

Early Intervention

We are members of the national organisation Youth Access and apply a holistic model known as ‘Youth Information Advice Counselling and Support’ (YIACS) which combines universal and targeted services. In 2010, Youth Access published ‘A proven early intervention model, Youth Information, Advice and Guidance and Counselling Services’ showing evidence that:


  • Half of all lifetime mental illness is present by age 14, contributing to economic and social costs of mental health problems totalling £105.2 billion in 2009/10.5
  • Over a million 16-24-year-olds fail to get the advice they need to resolve their social welfare problems each year, costing the exchequer an estimated £1bn each year.
  • According to the ACEVO Commission on Youth Unemployment, Southwark is a youth unemployment hotspot with 1 out of 4 young people being NEET.

Our mission is to continue to provide its integrated service with information, advice, guidance and counselling for young people aged between 11 and 25 in order to preserve and promote their well-being, social ability and to create opportunities for these users to better themselves; to ensure a continuous financial stability of the charity; to innovate its current services and to explore new and different ways of delivering charitable programmes.  

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Our Aims

  Faces in Focus provides an independent and confidential information and counselling service to young people through one to one support and group work. Our work:  
  • Keeps young people in education (Improve young people’s mental health and wellbeing)
  • Helps young people access their rights (Improve self-management and awareness)
  • Improves young people’s health and well-being (Manage risk and harmful choices)
  • Prevents young people become homelessness, and (Build self-confidence and self-esteem)
  • Reduces youth crime (Address Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)
  The 1500 young people who are supported each year by Faces in Focus depend on the grants and donations we raise to fund our counselling and other support services.We are a growing team supported by volunteers who give their time each day of the week.

If you think that you or someone you know may need counselling or support services, Faces in Focus can help. Start by filling in our therapy application form and we will get back to you as soon as we can.