Our theory of change puts young people at the centre of all we do – this is why we listen to young people in every project and why we go to where young people are, in schools and in their community. We take a relational approach to all our work and prioritise building long -term connections with young people, through quality, fun, innovative and accessible opportunities.
Using Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs as a starting point, we identified 4 key strands to our model that are essential to enable young people to achieve their potential. All of our engagement with young people, starts with them and ensures that they are nurtured, inspired, connected and empowered so they can make the most of their life.
Ready 4 Action is a social action project that connects young people into their community and creates opportunities for them to be creative ‘problem solvers’. In 2022 we relaunched the project aiming to open young people’s eyes to the needs of their local community and give them lifelong skills in project planning and management.
Young people sign up as a group (Scouts, School, Church Youth Group etc) or as an individual to an 8-10 week programme of workshops where they find a need they’re passionate about, look at possible and attainable ‘solutions’ and put together and complete a project that will impact the community for the better.
Whether it’s a campaign, a one-off event or project, fundraising for a local charity or something else, each group’s project culminates in young people completing their social action project and attending a celebration event where they can tell friends and family what they have achieved.
Lifeskills, exploring creativity, business expertise and making connections in the community are all vital both for a young person’s mental health and the chance to discover their potential.
As an off-shoot of the Youth Hideaway, we engage the local community in providing a variety of engaging, innovative and inspiring workshops for young people to access for FREE. Young people find these opportunities increase their confidence as well as their skills.
A calendar of workshops can be found here, but if you are a young person wanting to do something that’s not on the list, or a local resident with a skill to offer to young people then DM us here.
Previous workshops have included: Animated Drawing, British Sign Language and Street Dance.
Each term we also run the following: Doodle Club, Young Leaders etc
The Matrix Trust, Allen House Pavilion, Eastgate Gardens, Guildford, GU1 4AZ
Tel: +44 (0) 1483 574900