Switch180 is a national youth charity providing life changing services to young people.

Our mission is to turn young lives around through delivering innovative services focusing on physical and mental health support.

To achieve this, we run two services called Snow Camp and Stop.Breathe.Think, which support young people in the UK’s most disadvantaged areas. Find out more about them below.

Snow Camp

A groundbreaking service for youth organisations in London, the Midlands, the North West and Scotland. Snow Camp give young people the opportunity to learn how to ski or snowboard alongside life skills training, new qualifications and work experience.

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Stop.Breathe.Think

A game changing mental health service for young people across the UK. Young people can access free 1-1 counselling sessions with no wait times.

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Our impact

We have been successfully working with young people since 2003. Last year we provided essential support to young people through a pandemic and we were delighted to restart our face-to-face work in the summer of 2020. We're incredibly proud of our impact:

0 young people were supported virtually throughout the pandemic
0 counselling sessions were delivered
0 youth volunteers, apprentices and members of staff gained new qualifications
0 life skills and mental health workshops took place
0 young people attended courses at the indoor snow centres

I find it difficult to keep myself positively occupied, it’s so easy to make bad decisions and to get into trouble when you feel there’s no other option in life. I’ve made mistakes but Snow Camp has helped me to make positive steps forward in life. Being on Snow Camp's courses, out on the snow and in the cold, makes it is easier for me to clear my mind. The weight of my day to day life is lifted and all I need to focus on is my snowboard. The snowboard is my therapy! I feel more mentally, emotionally and physically better with Snow Camp.

Haroun Snow Camp young person

Stop.Breathe.Think was my first experience of counselling, and it was genuinely so helpful. My counsellor helped me to gain perspective while giving me strategies and a safe place to discuss and work through some very built-up feelings. Before Stop.Breathe.Think, I felt like I couldn't breathe or smile or do anything without waves of doubt, regret and guilt over nothing and everything - now I can see a bright future and I know it's okay for me to be positive and happy. This has really changed my life!

Emily Stop.Breathe.Think young person
teacher

I just wanted to say a massive thank you to Stop.Breathe.Think. We have made a few referrals recently from school and we have heard some amazing feedback from our students. In particular the students have mentioned a counsellor called Maurhys, his support has really helped them.

Cat Vaughan Inclusive Mentor at Malbank School

I’m delighted to support the important work that Switch180 carries out, and I’m completely behind their goal to bring skiing to more young people and to make the sport more socially inclusive.

Graham Bell BBC Presenter and Switch180 Patron

Our Awards

Alumni
Volunteer Friendly Award
National Apprenticeship Awards
Not A Red Card Awards
Princess Royal Training Awards
Community Sport and Rec Awards
London Youth Gold Quality Mark
London Youth Silver Quality Mark
Apprenticeship National Award 2015 logo
community sport award logo

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