Suffolk Young People's Health Project (also known as 4YP) is a local charity, which provides and coordinates services that improve the social, emotional, and physical health and wellbeing of young people in Suffolk, aged 12-25.
Through advice, guidance and practical support we help young people develop the skills and knowledge to lead healthier, happier, safer and more resilient lifestyles. We give young people the confidence to make better informed choices and enable them to reach their full potential.
We work from our drop-in centre in Lower Brook Street, Ipswich and throughout the county, including in many schools. 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. Follow the links for An Introduction to the 4YP Counselling Service or to find out what A Typical Week at 4YP looks like.
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 volunteers are at hand with advice, guidance and support when you need it. 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 and 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 or even join us as a volunteer. There's always plenty to do and no two weeks are the same. What's on?
Access to short-term counselling (6-8 weeks) to provide emotional support is available via the counselling service at 4YP. Please visit our Counselling page for more details.
Our facilities for use by young people include a shower, laundry and kitchen. The cooking facilities are used to provide advice on healthy lifestyles and how to eat well on a budget. You can also pop in to use our computers and access the internet.
Our confidential, live online 1-to-1 chat service offers personalised information, advice and guidance 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.