The Project: #Support4September

We are an award winning mental health project. Funding will allow us to develop and expand the support offered to young people and families.

We did it!

On 4th Oct 2017 we successfully raised £15,270 of £15,000 target with 67 supporters in 35 days

The Project needs to raise £15,000 in September to ensure we can continue delivering all of our support groups for another year. September also marks The Project’s 4th birthday, so you can help us celebrate by safeguarding our future.

Part of Action East Devon, The Project currently deliver peer support groups in Axminster and Chard, helping young people across East Devon, South Somerset and West Dorset. However, the impact of our services has a greater reach because of the positive effect on young people’s families, schools and friends.

Session activities

Our peer support groups help young people aged 13-24 with mental health issues. These include anxiety, bullying, eating disorders, depression, bereavement and exam stress – young people don’t need to have a medical diagnosis to be referred to our groups.

We provide them with a safe, supportive environment in which they can meet others in similar situations, reducing feelings of isolation. During group sessions, we run a variety of activities to develop tools and skills which young people can use in everyday life, helping them cope with the difficulties they face.

The Project also runs monthly support groups for parents and carers of young people with mental health issues, works closely with schools to educate young people about mental health and delivers mental health training courses and workshops. Our mission is to support young people affected by mental health problems, raise mental health awareness and help reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness.

The Project is part of Action East Devon, a Company Limited by Guarantee registered in England (number 07035905) and registered as a charity in England & Wales (number 1134611). 

To find out more about The Project, please visit our website:

By giving us your support in September, you will enable us to support young people for the next year – and hopefully beyond.

Staff and volunteers

Why was The Project created?

Debbie Humberstone founded The Project in 2013 after realising how little help, information and support was available for young people with mental health issues – and their families –  when her daughter, Jess, experienced severe mental health problems as a teenager. Jess suffered from severe depression, anxiety, an eating disorder and self harm, and was admitted to inpatient care at the age of 16 after she became suicidal. She spent 6 months in an adolescent psychiatric unit.

Despite the wealth of evidence highlighting the importance of early intervention services, none existed in the Axminster area. Debbie was determined to help other young people and their families, so she and Jess set up The Project based on their experiences and the support they wish they'd been able to access. 

What happens if you raise more than your target?

We will use all of the funds raised to continue and expand our services. It costs £1200 to provide a place for a young person in one of our support groups for one year, so raising more money will enable us to help more young people.

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I can’t afford to give much – is it worth donating?

Absolutely! Your donation may seem small to you, but it will have a big impact. If 3000 people donate just £5 each, we will reach our target and can continue helping hundreds of young people through our support groups, school workshops and other activities.

I would like to support The Project beyond the #Support4September campaign. How can I do help in the long-term?

We always welcome donations, corporate funding and volunteers. We are grateful for the many people who support us throughout the year, via a variety of activities – including fundraising, promoting The Project and helping us secure income through our training courses and workshops. Please email for more information and to discuss how you would like to support The Project.

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