The Co-op Local Community Fund has awarded £876.55 to The Project. The donation was raised by Co-op members, who support local causes when buying selected products from Co-op food stores. The money will be used to help fund The Project’s support groups, which provide an important early intervention service for young people experiencing mental health issues.
The Project’s founder and manager, Debbie Humberstone, says “we are extremely grateful to everyone who contributed to this donation from the Co-op Local Community Fund and we would like to say a big thank you to everyone for supporting The Project.”
Mental health support is much needed, but underfunded both locally and nationally. The Project’s peer support groups are free to attend, inclusive and accessible to all. Young people aged 13-24 can be referred and they don’t need to have been diagnosed with a mental illness. The mental health issues experienced by young people in The Project’s groups include anxiety, bereavement, bullying, depression, eating disorders, low confidence and exam stress. Group sessions focus on activities which help young people develop life skills and coping strategies, enabling them to manage their mental health in the long term, and to feel less isolated by their issues.
Recognising the ongoing challenge of funding their service, and the vital part it plays in supporting local young people, The Project will be setting up a Fundraising Committee in the new year, and is interested in hearing from anyone who has fundraising experience, or is enthusiastic about getting involved to support this work. Please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org