Action East Devon Awarded £70,000 by Children in Need!

Posted by Claire at 11:28 on 16 Nov 2018

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Action East Devon is delighted to have secured funding for worth £70,000 over 3 years from Children in Need. This will enable the charity to support young people with mental health issues in East Devon through its “Headlight” project.

Headlight runs peer support mental health groups for young people in East Devon. The peer support sessions provide young people with the opportunity to build new friendships in a caring and non-judgmental environment; learn coping strategies; and engage in fun activities to build self-esteem, confidence and resilience.

One young person who goes to the sessions stated: “Headlight is the only support that has actually worked for me. The volunteers are all amazing and it’s so wonderful being surrounded by people who understand me.”

Emma Curtis, Headlight manager, commented: “Headlight enables young people who are experiencing emotional distress to access support in a fun and informal way. I’m proud of our passionate and dedicated staff and volunteers who are helping young people to focus on their strengths and to develop tools and skills to build their emotional resilience. I am thrilled that, because of this Children in Need funding, we are in a position to run sessions for the next three years in Ottery and Axminster.”

The funding will go towards running the under-18 groups over the next three years. The Ottery St Mary groups for under 18s and 18+ are provided by Action East Devon in partnership with Ottery Help Scheme and the Ottery Hospital League of friends who have also generously supported the venture.

For further information, please visit our Headlight page here https://www.actioneastdevon.org.uk/about-us/projec...