This is What we do

Schools

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:

Please note that some projects are not currently taking place due to Covid-19.

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One-To-One Sessions

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.

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Targeted Courses

6 week courses for small groups: friendship, emotional literacy, anxiety, body image and self esteem.

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One Day Workshops

Preventative and instructional workshops for larger groups, including Wellbeing Day (Year 7) and Relationships and Mock Wedding (Year 10)

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Assemblies

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.

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Drop-ins

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.

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Social Action Workshops:

This programme provides a framework whereby young people can identify a need in their community and create and deliver a solution to it.

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PSHE Lessons

We provide young people with trained insight on personal and social issues, allowing them to develop knowledge and skills needed to keep themselves healthy and safe.

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Reflective Spaces

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)

Community

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.

All our Youth Hubs are currently suspended due to Covid-19.
For the foreseeable future you can find us here instead:

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Detached

Youth Workers working with young people directly in their community, creating a space for fun, games and chat in the parks and streets around.  Open to all in Year 7 – Year 13

Bellfields Moggy Pond
Mondays during term-time
3:30 – 4:30 pm

Bushy Hill Park
Wednesdays during term-time
3:30 – 4:30 pm

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After school Drop-ins

A safe space for young people in Year 8 to socialise within their school designated ‘bubble’. Weekly sessions on school premises to let off steam and chat the day through before going home. Games, snacks and chat. 

George Abbot School
Tuesdays
3:15 – 4:15 pm

Guildford County School
Thursdays
3:30 – 4:30 pm

Year 9 only during covid-19 restrictions

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‘I want to say thank you to every member of Ready 4 Action for the outstanding work they’ve done and the help they have been. They are absolutely wonderful!’ – R4A Client 2019

Thank you for your interest in Ready 4 Action. We have taken the decision not to run Ready 4 Action in 2020, and this is why:

You may be aware that Matrix is embarking on an exciting programme of development at Allen House Pavilion this year, creating a Central Hub that will connect young people to positive and inspiring role models from their community, empowering them and inspiring them to become active citizens in their community.

It will house:

A daytime Social Enterprise Cafe open to the public, providing young people who need a leg up into the world of work with personal and skills training

An after-school Youth Cafe run in collaboration with churches across the town providing a safe social space, positive role models, one-to-one support and inspirational workshops

This Hub will enable us to partner with others to provide a space where young people can engage more effectively with their community and find support more easily, giving them the tools and confidence to navigate this complex and challenging world. It will also facilitate new income-generating streams which will enable Matrix to become more financially sustainable, providing ongoing support for the long-term, through an innovative social enterprise at the heart of the building.

The building work will commence in March and we aim to be open by June – keep your eyes open for an invite to our opening event!

As a result of all this exciting activity, and in conjunction with the moving of the Bank Holiday, the Team and Trustees have decided (after much discussion, prayer and liaison with partners across town) not to run Ready 4 Action in 2020. Instead, we will be focusing our efforts and energy on getting this exciting project off the ground.

We would love the opportunity of showing you the plans and giving you a tour, so do get in touch with Misty if you would like to arrange a visit or if you would like to find out how you can help us with this project.

Email Misty: [email protected]

There will be an update later in the year with details about R4A 2021.

Our Funders

We are extremely grateful to all the individuals, churches and Trusts and Foundations that donate funds to enable us to continue helping young people make the most of their lives through these projects.

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Matthew 25:35   /   The Coleman Charitable Trust    /   Alchemy foundation    /   The Kenyon Charitable Trust    /   Loseley Christian Trust   /   Sydney Black Charitable Trust

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