1 in 6 young people in England experienced mental health problems in recent years, according to Mind’s report. Many young people have also reported struggling to make ends meet, with their aspirations halted as the cost-of-living crisis continues. Supported by Denbury Homes, The Junction provides a safe space for young people who feel that they need support in Lowestoft.
Denbury Homes has supported The Junction from the beginning. In its first six months, The Junction which is delivered by regional charity Access Community Trust (ACT) achieved over 120 positive outcomes for service users. This included job-seeking advice, LGBTQi+ support groups and 1:1, group and walk-in sessions with youth workers. A second phase of funding was agreed to allow the regional charity to expand the service offering and age range able to access the services.
Speaking of the funding, Emma Ratzer MBE, CEO of Access Community Trust said: “The lingering effects of COVID-19 lockdowns combined with the pressure from the cost-of-living crisis are having a profound effect on young people and their families. Demand for our mental health support services continues to grow. This latest donation from Denbury Homes will help us extend our activities and expand our support with the confidence that we can continue to provide these much-needed services.”