Suffolk Young People's Health Project (also known as 4YP) is a local charity, which provides and co-ordinates services that improve the social, emotional, and physical health and wellbeing of young people in Suffolk, aged 12-25.
We work from our drop-in centre in Lower Brook Street, Ipswich and throughout the county, including in many schools.
Through advice, guidance, and practical support we help young people develop the skills and knowledge they need to lead healthier, happier, safer, more resilient lifestyles, make more informed choices, and enable them to reach their potential.
Our services aim to cater for those that struggle to get the support they need elsewhere.
Look through our Services below and separate Groups & Activities pages for details of the many ways you can get support from or involved with 4YP.
Our services are confidential, so whatever you need to talk to us about you can be sure it is handled with respect and trust, and without judgement.
Please click on the name for more information on any of the services or activities listed here.
4YP is an open-access centre. This means you can literally open the door and walk in any time between 10am-5pm each weekday.
Our Young People's Workers and fantastic volunteers are at hand with a wide range of one-to-one and group support. You will be given a friendly welcome and the chance to talk through whatever's on your mind, ask questions about health and wellbeing, and get involved in the activities on offer.
They can provide guidance with issues such as emotional wellbeing, housing & benefits, life skills, budgeting, and signposting to other services such as legal advice, healthy living, and volunteering.
4YP runs various day and evening group sessions that provide opportunities to chill out, have fun, make friends, let off steam, chat and ask questions, even volunteer. There's always plenty to do and no two weeks are the same. Click here to find out more about the different groups currently going on.
Access to short-term counselling (6-8 weeks) to provide emotional support with more general issues is available via the counselling service at 4YP. Please see our Counselling page for more details.
Including a shower, kitchen, laundry, computers, and a store of clothes that have kindly been donated, including outfits appropriate for job interviews.
The cooking facilities, for example, are used for providing guidance on healthy life skills and eating well on a budget.
Our confidential, live online 1-to-1 chat service that offers personalised information and advice for young people throughout Suffolk every Monday to Wednesday, 5-7pm
We work with a number of other organisations to ensure young people in Suffolk have access to the best quality support possible.
Please note that the drop-in will be closed on Friday 21 September for staff training.
4YP will still be open for all counselling and other appointments arranged for the day.