The Project: #Support4September

by Debbie Humberstone in Axminster, Devon, England

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

by Debbie Humberstone in Axminster, Devon, England

We did it
On 4th October 2017 we successfully raised £15,270 with 67 supporters in 35 days

New stretch target


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: www.theprojectyp.org.uk

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.

 support group hands activity

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 info@theprojectyp.org.uk for more information and to discuss how you would like to support The Project.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Shout out on our social media accounts and our eternal gratitude.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Personalised thank you card signed by The Project team and shout out on our social media accounts.

£15 or more

£15 Reward

The Project's Heart On Hand wristband, a personalised thank you card signed by The Project team and shout out on our social media accounts.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

Signed photo of The Project team, The Project's Heart On Hand wristband, a personalised thank you card signed by The Project team and shout out on our social media accounts.

£25 or more

£25 Reward

Limited edition lapel pin with The Project's logo, signed photo of The Project team, The Project's Heart On Hand wristband, a personalised thank you card signed by The Project team and shout out on our social media accounts.

£30 or more

£30 Reward

An amazing T-shirt with The Project's logo. Available in black or white. Sizes S to 3XL. We will contact you about your colour and sizing options after the campaign.

£30 or more

6 of 1 claimed

£30 Reward

Courtesy of Charlie Barrett at Equanimity: a voucher for a wellbeing hour at Equanimity, near Forde Abbey, worth £40. "Experience mindfulness and gentle horse(wo)manship skills with a small herd of friendly Icelandic horses." Delicious cake and tea/coffee are included at the end of the session.

£35 or more

£35 Reward

Set of 5 recipe cards, limited edition lapel pin with The Project's logo, signed photo of The Project team, The Project's Heart On Hand wristband, a personalised thank you card signed by The Project team and shout out on our social media accounts.

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£40 Reward

Courtesy of April Rose DC, McTimoney Chiropractor in Sidmouth, Devon: a voucher for a chiropractic treatment — worth £60.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

A fabulous The Project hoodie, available in black or white. Sizes S to 3XL. We will contact you about your colour and sizing options after the campaign.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Set of 5 postcards featuring artwork created by young people who attend our support groups, set of 5 recipe cards, limited edition lapel pin with The Project's logo, signed photo of The Project team, The Project's Heart On Hand wristband, personalised thank you card signed by The Project team and shout out on our social media accounts.

£55 or more

£55 Reward

Two amazing T-shirts with The Project's logo. Available in black or white. Sizes S to 3XL. We will contact you about your colour and sizing options after the campaign.

£75 or more

£75 Reward

An amazing T-shirt featuring The Project's logo, set of 5 postcards featuring artwork created by young people who attend our support groups, set of 5 recipe cards, limited edition lapel pin with The Project's logo, signed photo of The Project team, The Project's Heart On Hand wristband, personalised thank you card signed by The Project team and shout out on our social media accounts.

£80 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£80 Reward

Courtesy of Aaron at Aaesthetica: a 6 week nutrition and training coaching programme, worth over £100, plus an Aaesthetica performance t-shirt.

£90 or more

£90 Reward

Two fabulous The Project hoodies, available in black or white. Sizes S to 3XL. We will contact you about your colour and sizing options after the campaign.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

2 amazing T-shirts featuring The Project's logo, set of 5 postcards featuring artwork created by young people who attend our support groups, set of 5 recipe cards, limited edition lapel pin with The Project's logo, signed photo of The Project team, The Project's Heart On Hand wristband, personalised thank you card signed by The Project team and shout out on our social media accounts.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Become a member of our 100 Club! Be featured on a dedicated 100 Club page on our website, with your photo or business logo and a link to your/your business's website. You will also receive The Project's certificate of appreciation to display in your home or workplace.

£150 or more

£150 Reward

Become a member of our 100 Club! Be featured on a dedicated 100 Club page on our website, with your photo or business logo and a link to your/your business's website. You will also receive The Project's certificate of appreciation to display in your home or workplace. PLUS 2 T-shirts featuring The Project's logo, set of 5 postcards, set of 5 recipe cards, limited edition lapel pin, signed photo of The Project team, wristband & thank you card.

£250 or more

£250 Reward

30 minute motivational speech from The Project's founder, Debbie Humberstone, for up to 25 people. Delivered at your workplace, club or organisation within a 50 mile radius of Axminster (if you are outside of this radius, please contact us to discuss whether we can deliver this reward if you cover travel expenses).

£500 or more

£500 Reward

90 minute workshop on talking and writing about mental health. Learn about the issues involved, including use of language, avoiding unintentional prejudice and communicating with clarity and sensitivity. Delivered at your workplace, club or organisation within a 50 mile radius of Axminster (if you are outside of this radius, please contact us to discuss whether we can deliver this reward if you cover travel expenses).

£1,000 or more

£1,000 Reward

Half-day workshop on mental health for up to 25 people. Choose between Mental Health Awareness or Self-Harm Awareness. Delivered at your workplace, club or organisation within a 50 mile radius of Axminster (if you are outside of this radius, please contact us to discuss whether we can deliver this reward if you cover travel expenses).

£5,000 or more

£5,000 Reward

Full day of mental health workshops, workshop on talking and writing about mental health and a motivational speech from The Project's founder, Debbie Humberstone, for up to 25 people. Delivered at your workplace or organisation within a 100 mile radius of Axminster (if you are outside of this radius, please contact us to discuss options). PLUS a merchandise package including 25 T-shirts, an extra-special personalised thank you card & a lot more!


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