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Action East Devon waves goodbye to Coordinator of The Project

Action East Devon will be saying farewell to Debbie Humberstone who has been the inspirational coordinator of the young people’s mental health service – The Project – for the past five years.

The Project provides support to young people experiencing mental distress and their parents/carers through regular peer support groups in Axminster and Chard. Debbie Humberstone who founded the service based on her own family’s experience, is now moving on from her role as coordinator to set up a new social enterprise building on the success of The Project. Debbie’s role will be taken on by the new manager, Emma Curtis, who takes up her position at the end of February. Emma, whose professional background is in managing and developing services for vulnerable individuals, is passionate about supporting young people onto the pathway to better mental health.

Emma says of her new appointment ‘’I feel extremely privileged to have been given the opportunity to work at The Project and look forward to helping young people in the area continue to improve their mental health. I hope to build on Debbie’s legacy with the dedicated and enthusiastic team of staff and volunteers I’ll be fortunate enough to be working with.”

Jackie Collins, Chair of Action East Devon says of Debbie’s departure, “We are sad to see Debbie leave the Project. Her energy and commitment has been instrumental in developing The Project into what it is today – a nationally recognised quality early intervention and prevention service for our young people in East Devon. But, we recognise that the Project is delivered by a team of highly skilled staff and volunteers who will continue to provide the same services and support with the supervision of our new manager.”

Debbie Humberstone, the Project’s Coordinator says of her leaving “The Project has been an important part of my life for the past 5 years, and I am very sad to be leaving. However, I am not leaving this work behind!  In addition to our support groups, a growing part of my work has been in developing and delivering mental health training, and my new venture has been set up to allow me to build on the success of The Project, and to extend this even further. I remain as passionate and committed as ever to improving the lives of young people with mental health issues, and raising awareness and understanding, and I am excited by the possibilities my new social enterprise will give to do this, not just locally, but across the country.

Of course, I will still be keeping in touch with The Project as it moves into a new era, and I know I am leaving it in the hands of an amazing team, and in a strong position, and I’m sure it will continue to provide vital support to local young people.  I may be leaving, but my heart will always be a part of it, and the work it does.’’

Debbie will continue to champion better support for young people experiencing poor mental health through her new venture, The Project Training and Consultancy, which will be offering a programme of training, workshops and consultancy to professionals and communities.

Action East Devon is the leading local charity working with the people, communities and organisations of East Devon to create the services and support they need to live happier and healthier lives. The Project is an Action East Devon service.

If you would like to get in touch with The Project, call Action East Devon on 01404 549045 or 07970 167341, or visit The Project’s website at

To find out more about Debbie’s new venture visit or call her on 07977 836380.

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