It’s so good just having someone to talk to who understands and doesn’t judge me… Max, age 15
It’s a joy to to work with young people everyday, being there to support and encourage them. I believe it’s so important for young people to have a space where they can be themselves, connect to their community and realise their potential.
As a youth worker, I am passionate about helping young people struggling with their mental health, to be empowered to reach their goals and learn new skills. I also love being part of a charity who create safe spaces for young people to come and have fun, be part of a family community, and realise their potential.
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.
We run lots of different activities in and around Guildford. Here are just a few of them. Want to know more? Come along to one of the projects or 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 Onslow (Year 7 – 9)
– Hub + : Holiday activities (Year 7 – 11)
– After-school footy open to all ages from Year 7 – 13, in Bellfields
– Lunchtime Drop-ins at George Abbot and Guildford County School (Year 7 – 11)
Look out for the Matrix Team in their YOUTH TEAM t-shirts & posters around school!
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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 (Year 11+), join us at Ready 4 Action (Year 7+) 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 from time-to-time. Matrix Youth Workers are really good listeners and take time to get to know what you need. You can find us in George Abbot and Guildford County Schools – look for the posters, come to a drop-in or just ask a teacher.
We can meet you one-to-one if you want to talk privately, or we can just chat at one of the Matrix projects – 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!
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.
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.
We run hubs in 4 communities across Guildford Borough – find out more here.
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 11+ can volunteer at any of the Youth Hubs to gain experience, for D of E, or just for fun.
We don’t want cost to stop young people benefitting from Matrix Projects, so we try to keep costs to a minimum, but sometimes, there is a small charge. Youth Clubs are funded by external sources, but we might ask young people to help us fundraise to help cover costs. For activities that have a cost, bursaries can be applied for.
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.
Hub+ runs most holidays. This is open to all in Year 7 – 11 and will either be day-long activities, trips, or evening activities. These are run across all the projects enabling young people to mix and make friends. We also run a residential once a year.
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
Youth Hub gives me a place to socialise and make new friends – Aliana, age 12