Poverty in Suffolk is on a par with the most challenging areas across the country despite its picture postcard image, a leading charity has said.
Stephen Singleton, chief executive of the Suffolk Foundation, said there were deep pockets of deprivation in Suffolk.
Mr Singleton was speaking at a meeting of 4YP in Ipswich, which offers help and advice to young people.
He said his charity had found that "there is just as great a need here as there is across the country".
The foundation has now commissioned research from the University of Cambridge to establish how deep the community's hidden needs go.
Dawn Henry, chief executive of the 4YP project, said young people were suffering in areas of real deprivation in Ipswich and needed frontline support with issues including homelessness, money problems and drugs and alcohol.
She said: "We are succeeding in helping young people in some of the poorest sections of our community, and are making a real difference to young people's lives.
"But without additional funding to meet this increased demand for youth workers and counselling, pressure continues to be placed on the service and the waiting list."