Our support sessions are intended to be both supportive and fun. At every session, there will be time to talk, to share food together, and an opportunity to take part in a range of activities designed to support emotional and mental wellbeing, as well as building confidence and self esteem.
The Project runs 2 peer support groups, one for 13-18 year olds, and another for 18-24s. The groups meet on alternate Wednesdays and Thursdays, at the Young People’s Centres in Axminster and Chard. Our approach is to focus on you, as a young person, and not on whatever issue or challenge you are currently facing.
Activities may range from art and music to campfires, bushcraft and meditation … or just a chat over a cuppa! We are open to suggestions, so if there is something you’re interested in, then let us know. These sessions are for you, so volunteers, staff and young people all work together to help shape them. We want you to enjoy coming to The Project, and not to come just because you feel you have to!
Also within sessions, there will be an opportunity to share how you are feeling, either with the group or, if this feels too difficult, there will always be someone on hand to offer one-to-one support. However, we are not a ‘talking group’ so you will never be made to talk about what’s going on for you unless you want to.
“I like coming here and relaxing. I really enjoy being with the people here.” – young person (13-18s)
We recognise that making the decision to join The Project may not be an easy one. It can feel very scary to join a group where you may not know anyone, and you don’t know what to expect. To help make this process as easy as possible, we have produced an Information Sheet, which we hope will give you a much clearer idea of what our sessions are all about, and what you can expect if you do decide to come along.
If you are interested in booking your place at one of our groups, then you can be referred by a parent, GP, teacher, mental health worker or anyone else who supports you. Alternatively, you can self refer by downloading and completing the Self Referral Form below: