Headlight provides a friendly, non-clinical space for young people who are experiencing emotional and mental health issues and their families.
Headlight delivers peer support through:
- Fortnightly facilitated sessions for young people aged between 13 to 24 years in Axminster and Ottery St Mary
- Access to one to one support and guidance during sessions
- A monthly support group in Axminster for parents and carers of young people affected by mental health issues from across the south west
- Information, signposting, advice and advocacy on mental health and wellbeing related issues to young people and their families by telephone, email and face to face.
Headlight@Ottery is funded by Ottery Help Scheme and Ottery Hospital League of Friends.
Ottery Help Scheme is a registered charity providing a variety of support services to all those who live in Ottery St Mary and its surrounding areas. Their aim is to unite and mobilise the goodwill of their community, offering support to local residents when and where it is needed most. They work closely with many different organisations within the local area and have over 100 volunteers delivering their services.
In recent years, Ottery Help Scheme and the Ottery St Mary Hospital League of Friends increasingly recognised the need to develop a local youth support project; in 2018 both charities committed to co-funding Headlight@Ottery for a period of three years.
In 2018 Action East Devon was successful in securing funding for £70,000 over 3 years from Children in Need. This will enable Headlight to continue supporting young people with mental health issues in East Devon.
We are very grateful to have received donations from a wide range of organisations and individual fundraisers from across the South West.To find out more and to make a donation, please visit: https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/actioneastdevon
Anyone can refer a young person to our peer support service - a parent, teacher, GP or a young person can self refer.
To find out more telephone: 07741 646 426
Download our leaflet to find out more about our support sessions.
Download our poster to display in your waiting room.
Click on the button below to make a referral.
Volunteer with Us
This service is supported by a dedicated team of volunteers who help to encourage and support young people during session activities.
If you are a good listener, a positive team player and would like the opportunity to work with young people please get in touch with us.