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PUBLISHED: 10:24 06 May 2008 | UPDATED: 20:19 05 July 2010

An organisation aimed at helping young people overcome problems at home and school has been launched in Lowestoft.

The Junior2adult Unbiased Mentoring Project (JUMP) is a voluntary organisation started by Louise Botwright to help teenagers get their lives back on track.

An organisation aimed at helping young people overcome problems at home and school has been launched in Lowestoft.

The Junior2adult Unbiased Mentoring Project (JUMP) is a voluntary organisation started by Louise Botwright to help teenagers get their lives back on track. They are supported by mentors who have been through similar experiences and can guide them through any difficult situations.

The mentors, who receive training for their role, offer understanding and friendship and are paired with young people based on gender and personal interests. The pairs take part in activities such as sport and music and tackle issues like drug awareness, building self-esteem and anger management.

Project manager Miss Botwright, 22, had previously worked as a volunteer for youth organisations before setting up the project in her home town.

“We have funding in place for the next year and had a very positive response to the launch, far better than anticipated. It confirmed the need for the service and we are hoping we will get bigger as time goes on,” she said.

“We've had to apply for lots of grants to get this far and I'm absolutely overwhelmed by the response. It's really nice to make a positive contribution to the community.”

Waveney MP Bob Blizzard, who launched the project, said Miss Botwright had shown great initiative and determination to find funding and a base for the organisation.

“JUMP is a really great scheme which helps young people to put their lives back together. It's wonderful to see young people who have already worked through their difficulties helping others to do the same,” he said.

“I was very pleased to lend my support to Louise when she wrote to me in July 2007, by bringing together various organisations which were able to help turn her idea into a reality.”

The project got off the ground with a £50,000 donation from Lowestoft Together in March this year as well as help from Waveney Community Forum and Suffolk ACRE who provided a grant to train mentors.

For more information visit www.jumpuk.org or email jump@jumpuk.org.

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