Mind BLMK are collaborating with CAMHS and East London Foundation Trust (ELFT) in Central Bedfordshire and Bedford to provide crisis services for young people in need of mental health support. The Young Person’s Sanctuaries are safe, non-judgemental spaces that young people can access if they are in crisis or mental distress in the evenings, and are staffed by trained youth mental health workers who will listen and help identify ways to address the problems being faced.

The Young Person’s Sanctuaries are for young people, aged 14-17, who are experiencing mental distress or crisis as well as those looking for a safe space to access some support.  No one will ever be turned away. Young people are welcome to bring anyone from their support system with them and can attend regardless of whether they are already receiving mental health support.

In Central Bedfordshire:

  • Leighton BuzzardMeadow Way Community Centre, Leighton Buzzard LU7 3FS 
    • Wednesday 4pm – 10pm
  • Houghton Regis; Houghton Regis Children’s Centre, Tithe Farm Neighbourhood Centre, Tithe Farm Road, Houghton Regis, Dunstable, LU5 5JB
    • Monday and Tuesday 4pm – 10pm

In Bedford:


Please note that unfortunately this service will cease from 31st March 2024.

Geographical area service covers


Who is the service for?

Young people aged 14-17

Referral routes into service (professionals, self)

No referral needed, Sanctuaries operate a drop-in service and an appointment is not required

Risk level you support

Other relevant information