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question mark 2Below is the information you need to refer a young person to The Project, whether you are a parent/carer, teacher, doctor, mental health worker, youth worker or anyone else who may be supporting a young person. 

Please read this information carefully!

Referral Criteria

  • The Project runs free peer support sessions for young people in two age groups – 13 – 18 years and 18 – 24 years of age
  • The sessions for young people take place on a fortnightly basis in Axminster and Ottery St Mary
  • The Project is primarily an early intervention/prevention service, and exists mainly to support those young people who may not be eligible to access support from other services, or who are waiting for that support
  • Young people who are already receiving support from other services can also be referred to The Project, if it is felt this would be particularly beneficial to a young person.
  • Young people who are getting ready to be discharged from mental health services can also be referred to us, to provide some support to help them through this transition.

Referral Information

Info SheetWe have produced an Information Sheet for young people to help them better understand what The Project is about, and what we offer.  It will also be helpful for parents, and other referrers, who would like to have a clearer idea of the service we offer, and whether it would be appropriate for a young person and their needs.

Please feel free to print it or pass this information on to a young person who you feel may benefit for attending The Project.  If you would like any further information, please do not hesitate to get in contact.

A few points for referrers to note are as follows:



  • Young people can be referred by anyone who is currently supporting them—CAMHS, AMHS, GP, teacher, school nurse, counsellor, social worker, parent and so on.  They can also self refer.
  • The young person should be aware of, and happy with the referral.  The Project’s sessions are most beneficial to those young people who are wanting to make changes for themselves
  • A simple referral form will need to be completed and returned to the Mental Health Support Worker, either by post or email. You can also ring with the required information.
  • 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.  When places become available, young people will be selected on a first-come-first served basis, or from time to time, according to who it is felt will benefit most from the services offered by The Project.

Important Information

  • The Project does not offer counselling, or other therapy and is not a substitute for these.  Young people, and/or their parents, should be encouraged to seek support from statutory mental health services where necessary.  If our staff or volunteers feel there is a need for further intervention, we will contact the referrer and/or mental health service providers.
  • The Project assumes no clinical responsibility for any young person.  This remains firmly with existing service providers, or their GP.
  • The Project has a limited capacity, and cannot offer to support to everyone.  Some mental health issues may be beyond the scope of our support sessions, and referrals may be turned down if we feel that a young person’s issues are too severe, or not appropriate for a group setting.  Young people may also not be suitable if they have severe behavioural issues, or need individual or specific care and support.

For further information or to complete the online referral form, please feel free to click the links below:

PLEASE NOTE: We are no longer accepting referrals for the peer support service in Chard – this service has been taken over by South Somerset MIND. For more details please telephone Alex or Annie on 01935 474875 or email: