Information

It’s so good just having someone to talk to who understands and doesn’t judge me… Max, age 15

LUCY GREENLAND

We provide a range of youth activities across the Guildford Borough, which play a crucial part in creating positives spaces for young people to be themselves, develop new skills, and grow as members of their communities.

MATT LEE

Youth Hubs are a key part of our community youth provision in Guildford. Every session is planned to create a fun and engaging environment where young people can feel safe, try new activities and meet with others in their communities.  

HELEN GILLON

It is a privilege to be a schools youth worker, we offer students a safe place to come and talk about the things that they struggle with and get to journey with them to encourage, support and challenge them as they grow, develop and work through difficult situations.

Info for
Young people

We run lots of different activities in and around Guildford. Here are just a few things we think might be helpful for you. Want to know more? Come along to one of the Youth Hubs or get email us!

Looking for something to do?

Matrix run lots of different activities in Guildford communities and schools.

– Youth Hubs in Bellfields, Bushy Hill, Albury and Horsley
– After-school footy open to all ages from Year 7-13, in Bellfields
– Cafés and Drop-ins at George Abbot and Guildford County School

Look out for the Matrix Team in their YOUTH TEAM t-shirts &  posters around school!

Want to volunteer?

We have a whole bunch of volunteering opportunities just waiting for you. From one-offs to every week. You could help at a Youth Hub or an after-school activity, join us at Ready 4 Action or even get involved in social media, or photography (D of E accepted).

Email us with your name, age and what you’d like to do and we’ll get back to you.

Need someone to talk to?

We all need someone to talk to. All our Youth Workers are really good listeners and take time to get to know what you need. You can find us in George Abbot, County and Christ’s College – look for the posters, come to a drop-in or just ask a teacher.

We can meet you 1:1 if you want to talk privately, or we can just chat at one of the Matrix provisions – look out for a youth worker wearing one of our t-shirts.

If you need help straight away, call Childline FREE on 0800 1111 or visit: www.childline.org.uk

I like everything about Youth Hub, it’s really fun! Jacob, 14

info for parents

Hello Parents! We appreciate that being a parent isn’t alway easy and that sometimes your child might not tell you all the details you need to know, so we’ve tried to answer some frequently asked questions here.  If however you still find your questions unanswered please feel free to contact us!

My child tells me they’ve been meeting with a Matrix Youth Worker in school, what does that mean?

When a young person meets a youth worker one-to-one at school it can be for a whole bunch of reasons – from friendship issues to anxiety about exams or life in general. We take time to listen to the things they want to talk about make a plan for going forward. The regularity of meeting depends on how often we feel they need to talk and we can see them for just a few weeks, or for several months – it all depends on the young person. Everything they tell us is confidential, unless we believe they or someone may be at harm. All our team are trained Mental Health First Aiders and have experience helping young people navigate life.

I’m worried about my child, can I arrange for them to have a one-to-one with a Matrix Youth Worker?

If your young person attends George Abbot or Guildford County School, just speak to their Tutor, or Head of Year who will pass on the concerns to us. Otherwise, you can speak to a Youth Worker at a community activity, who can have a chat to your child to see if they’d like help.

Where is my nearest Matrix Youth Hub?

We run hubs in 4 communities across Guildford Borough – find out more here.

What age are the hubs for?

All our Youth Hubs are open to all young people in Years 7-9, with Year 6’s invited to try it out in the latter part of the Summer Term. Those in Year 12+ can volunteer at any of Youth Hubs to gain experience, for D of E, or just for fun.

Do I have to pay for Matrix activities?

We try to keep costs to a minimum, but sometimes there is a small charge. Youth Clubs are funded by external sources, so we just ask for a £1 sub when they come. Some young people like to bring a bit of change to spend in the tuck shop (max £1 spend).

How can I find out more about Matrix and the activities?

You can email us a question, or call the office on 01483 574900 (9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday) where someone will be happy to answer your question.

Do you run any activities in the holidays?

If your child attends one of our Youth Clubs, they should bring home a letter about holiday trips or activities – there is usually one trip/event per holiday. We also run day-long Holiday Activities which are more specialised, such as Arts Academy and Bushcraft.

I’m worried about a child or young person that I know, what should I do?

If you’re worried about a child’s behaviour, emotional wellbeing, or mental health condition then call Young Minds FREE helpline on 0808 802 5544 or visit their website: Young Minds

If you are concerned about the safety of a child, young person you can contact the Surrey Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub – call them on 0300 470 9100 or email.

Youth Hub gives me a place to socialise and make new friends –  Aliana, age 12

meet the team

  • Helen Gillon
    Helen Gillon Community Youth Worker

    “I love my job as a youth worker, I am dedicated to being able to listen to, support and nurture young people on their journey.  It’s fantastic to be based in a school and on the ground to be there for young people when they need it.”

  • Lucy Greenland
    Lucy Greenland Senior Youth Worker

    I’m passionate about seeing team, volunteers and young people reaching their full potential through innovative youth work and excellent projects that enable vulnerable young people to thrive.

  • Matt Lee
    Matt Lee Community Youth Worker

    Being a Youth Worker at Matrix is great because I get to work with young people in a whole variety of settings. I am really passionate about creating safe spaces for young people to hang out, have fun and try new things!

  • Juliette Milton
    Juliette Milton Finance Manager & Charity Administrator
  • Misty Bower
    Misty Bower CEO
  • Fiona Juckes
    Fiona Juckes Fundraiser and Projects Administrator

    “Planning and running fundraising events is an exciting and key part of my role.  It’s not just about raising funds but I find it rewarding, knowing that our activities will continue to make a huge difference to a young person’s life”

  • Danny Adams
    Danny Adams Ready 4 Action Project Manager

    I co-coordinate Ready 4 Action, and social action projects in schools and Youth Hubs, empowering young people to use their talents to make a positive impact in the communities where they live. When I’m not at Matrix, I love playing Rugby and I’m a big fan of Glasgow Warriors!

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