This is What we do
1 in 10 children and young people experience a mental health issue at any one time
We work with schools, as an integral part of their pastoral system, providing professional Mental Health First Aid trained Youth Workers to build long-term relationships and walk alongside young people in their life’s journey. Much of this work responds to the growing level of mental health needs amongst young people.
We provide essential space
Matrix provide an essential space that’s not school and not parents – it’s a safe space where young people know there are people that will get alongside them… Jack Mayhew, Executive Headteacher, Athena Schools Trust
As professionals, we know that our most vulnerable students can access direct intervention which impacts those young people’s ability to succeed at school. Rob Giles, Assistant Headteacher, George Abbot
We also provide a range of preventative, instructional and experimental sessions within a school setting:
School-based Mental Health Aid Trained Relation Youth Worker provide regular support to young people who are struggling with life, for as long as they need it.
6 week courses for small groups: friendship, emotional literacy, anxiety, body image and self esteem.
One Day Workshops
Preventative and instructional workshops for larger groups, including Wellbeing Day (Year 7) and Relationships and Mock Wedding (Year 10)
Our team can deliver assemblies around a variety of topics including: social and emotional wellbeing, mental health, social media, relationships, community engagement, Christian themes and much more.
Lunchtime sessions in School where young people can hang out, chat with youth workers, play games, or do their homework. A great environment for those who are having trouble making friends, or who are struggling with social and emotional issues.
This programme provides a framework whereby young people can identify a need in their community and create and deliver a solution to it.
We take PSHE lessons
These reflective, or prayer spaces provide an interactive way for young people to explore their identity, the world around them and think about the big questions in life. Our Transition Reflections help Year 6 students consider their time at Primary School and help to prepare them for the transition they are about to embark on.
10% of children in Surrey live in poverty
(Community Foundation for Surrey, 2017)
We support young people directly in their own communities – many don’t have the means or confidence to go far from home. We provide positive activities and safe spaces in a variety of communities across Guildford Borough, whilst seeking to increase access to a wider range of opportunities that might otherwise might be out of reach for young people.
Our Youth Hubs
Years 7 – 9
Merrow Methodist Church, Bushy Hill Drive, Guildford GU1 2SH
Thursday’s 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Albury Village Hall, The Street, Albury, Guildford, Surrey GU5 9AD
Lychgate Youth Trust
All Saints Church, Vicarage Gate, Guildford GU2 7QJ
are you ready
to take action?
to take action?
Ready For Action is back over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend with the usual mix of a rubbish clearing, tidying gardens and getting muddy! Every year we have lots of fun together clearing overgrown gardens that are unsafe for children, or just unusable for vulnerable residents, making a huge difference to the lives of many families in the area.
Last year, one very grateful mother told us that after the R4A team had spent just a few hours clearing her garden, she was now looking forward her children being able to play safely outside again. In total we helped over 100 individuals and cleared nearly 10 tonnes of waste.
Why don’t you come and join the 150+ volunteers who help every year?
Applications for this years ready 4 action will open in January, in the meantime you can sign up for our mailing list by clicking on volunteer and we’ll e-mail the sign up link to you when applications open. You must be over the age of 12 to take part and under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult.