Advice portal gets makeover to improve young lives

Young people in Kingston will now find it easier to access important information for them to make safe and informed decisions about their health and well-being.

The new website ( for young people aged 13 - 19 years has been given a makeover to better support those living in south-west London with essential life skills and the knowledge they need relating to mental health, physical well-being, healthy sexual relationships and substance misuse.

The vibrant redesign of the Getting It On website and Facebook page aims to grab the attention of more young people living in Kingston, Croydon, Wandsworth, Richmond, Sutton and Merton. The sites, which were designed by The Creative Team, offer free and confidential help and include details about staying safe online, as well as signposts to appropriate support services and drop-in clinics across south-west London.

Getting It On is a collaboration of the six boroughs working together to support young people to be physically and emotionally healthy as they grow up. The aim of the website is to provide young people with the skills they need to be resilient and make confident decisions about their lifestyles and to be aware of any potential risks to their well-being.

Eye-catching posters will also be on local buses to promote the website widely across each borough.

Cllr Cathy Roberts, Kingston Council's portfolio holder for adult, social care and health, said:

The new “Getting It On" website is a fantastic resource and one-stop shop for young people, which offers helpful information and advice at an influential time in their lives. We are working together across south-west London to ensure that the information available to all of our youngsters is consistent, current and supports them to make the right choices.”

Belinda Houghton, Account Manager at The Creative Team, said: “We have worked closely with the six London boroughs for over eight years now on the Getting It On website. In this latest redesign, we have really tried to create a website that is informative, dynamic and appealing to young people, and the perfect place for local services to showcase what they offer in an easy-to-use way.”