An organisation which offers counselling and life skills support to young people struggling with emotional and behavioural issues has scooped a £20,000 grant.
The not-for-profit social business ‘Junction10 for Young People’, based in Bury St Edmunds, was launched in February to help those aged eight to 25 and their families.
It has been awarded the grant from Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner’s Safer Suffolk Fund for a number of free places to be provided over the next year to young people unable to pay the fees typically associated with accessing counselling type services.
Mandy Horne launched Junction10 with Tom Huber and Ash Lloyd after seeing the consequences of serious mental health and behavioural problems amongst adults who did not get the help they needed at a young age.
She said: “Tom and Ash both worked at Focus12 and were dealing with adults with addiction issues and the principal cause was unaddressed childhood issues.
“I worked in corporate business for 35 years quite successfully and had some mental health problems out of the blue four years ago which were related to childhood.
“It took me 18 months to get the help I needed - that was despite me knowing how to work the system. I thought there must be so many people out there who have these issues but can’t access the right care and I wanted to do something about it.”
Ms Horne has since worked through her problems with a clinical psychologist and is operations director of Junction 10. They tailor care packages according to the young person’s needs - working with schools as well as other statutory and charity organisations when needed.
Their dramatherapist Tanya Newman works with younger children and those with learning disabilities and voluntary counsellor Sally Phillips works with family members.
Ms Horne thanked the police and crime commissioner Tim Passmore. He said: “From experience we know that if young people are not helped at the time, problems can escalate and have a devastating impact in adult life.”
Junction10 is based at Menta Business Centre, in Eastern Way. For more details call Tom Huber on 07572924434 or email firstname.lastname@example.org