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Young People's Centre
Lyme Road

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If you are interested in coming along to The Project, please read through this information to find out how to go about it.

  • The young person will need to provide some basic information about why they would like to come along to The Project.  A simple form (link below) can be completed and submitted to the Mental Health Support Worker, you can ring her on 07517052009, or email for more information.


  • There is no limit on how many sessions a young person can attend – The Project can offer support for as long as is needed, provided the young person is within the 13-24 age range.
  • The Mental Health Support Worker will arrange an informal introductory meeting with the young person and meet with them personally to discuss what The Project can offer, find out what support, if any, they currently receive, and what their interests and needs may be.  At this meeting, the young person will need to complete a short questionnaire about how they are feeling.
  • Depending on the availability of places, and their suitability, the young person will join the most appropriate group for their age.
  • There are limited places available, so the young person may need to be placed on a waiting list.  They will be informed if this is the situation.
  • The Mental Health Support Worker will either be present on the young person’s first visit to The Project, or will assign them a “buddy” (a peer or volunteer) who will be there to welcome them.

Important Information

  • The Project is a free service, and is available to young people across East Devon, South Somerset and West Dorset.
  • The Project does not offer counselling, or other therapy and is not a substitute for these.  If our staff or volunteers feel there is a need for further intervention, we will contact service providers.
  • The Project assumes no clinical responsibility for any young person.  This remains firmly with existing service providers, or their GP.
  • If there is a waiting list, young people will be selected according to who it is felt will benefit most from the services offered by The Project.
  • Young people may not be suitable if they have severe behavioural issues, or need individual or specific care and support.

Any information shared with staff and volunteers at The Project will remain confidential.  However, there are circumstances under which it may be necessary to breach confidentiality for the safety of an individual or those associated with them:

  • Where there is risk of serious harm to an individual (this includes physical, emotional or sexual harm);
  • Where disclosure is made of illegal activity;
  • Any concerns that another person may be at risk of abuse (physical, emotional or sexual).

All our staff and volunteers and fully DBS checked (formerly CRB), and many have had Safeguarding and Child Protection training.