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Time to Talk Next Steps

A three-year programme to support young people with additional needs to build confidence, provide motivation and make plans for the future.

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Are you between age 16 and 25? Unsure what you will do after the COVID-19 pandemic?

If you answered 'yes' to the questions above (or know a young person who would), then NDTi's new programme might be of interest to you!

Time to Talk Next Steps is free support for young people in England in this age group with additional needs. It is for young people who are experiencing anxiety, isolation and who have limited or no plans for the future. You may be in school or in college or have finished all education and be unsure how to move forward.

If you are allocated support from the programme after filling out a Request for Support form, we will provide someone independent for you to talk with. First and foremost this person will be your supporter – they will listen to you and find out what will be most useful to help you move forward. Our trained staff aim to make support enjoyable and accessible and can adapt to meet your needs.

The project is being delivered in partnership with national disability charity, Contact, who provide support, information and workshops for parents and carers on transition to adulthood.

What support will you receive?

  • Support will be tailored to each individual
  • You will be linked with a supporter or other young people for peer support
  • If you choose to link with a Time to Talk Next Steps supporter, they will meet with you four to six times (virtual support to suit you)
  • Our trained staff will focus on: strengths, reducing anxiety, building confidence and countering social isolation
  • We will help you to think about building independence by providing encouragement and motivation for your future
  • We will enable you and your family to link with local and national activities, and we will provide useful contacts and networks
  • If you wish, you can train as a peer supporter and/or help to design and deliver training for professionals.

How do I sign up for Time to Talk Next Steps?

If you or someone you know would like to make a Request for Support, please complete an expression of interest form. We will send you the Request for Support form to fill in, as well as more information and timescales. We aim to allocate young people places every six weeks from September 2021 and will be publishing dates for allocations throughout the year shortly. We will contact everyone who makes a Request for Support to let them know if they have been allocated a place.


Our team of trained staff aim to make individual support accessible and enjoyable for all those who take part. If you need specific help or adjustments to be made in order to sign up or be involved with the programme, please let us know by contacting: Alice McColl, Project Lead for Time to Talk Next Steps.

Building on Success

This project builds on the success of Time to Talk. You can find out more about how this project helped support young people and families by reading the evaluation report here. Please note, you not need to have taken part in Time to Talk to be allocated support for Time to Talk Next Steps.

Keeping you safe

We aim to keep you safe at all times and all staff are trained in safeguarding. To find out more about our safeguarding procedures, please see the Safeguarding Statement in related downloads.

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Alice McColl
Tel: 01225 255 268

Contact Office

Bath (Registered Office)

National Development Team for Inclusion
4 Queen Street

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