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1 in 10 young people report often feeling lonely, which can increase the risk of depression and anxiety in young people across all age groups

(Key data on young people, 2019; NIHR)

Matrix provides safe spaces for young people to belong. Here they can have fun, relax, meet and make friends, as well as connect with their community. Being open access young people can come and go as they like, engaging with activities that meet their needs at that time. Matrix Youth workers provide positive role models and when needed, can signpost young people to other youth-focussed activities or more specialised support.

Coming to Youth Café helps me deal with things better - I’m a happier person because of it!

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This is a cool and friendly space where young people can hang out after school. It’s open to any young person aged 11-18 and is FREE!

Take advantage of discounted food and drink, relax with friends or chat to a Youth Worker. Here we promote wellbeing and ALL young people are welcomed and accepted.

Pop by after school to play games, learn a new skill at a workshop, be creative, eat food! If you need to, you can also receive support and advice from experienced youth workers and positive role models who are there to listen, and provide you with support, championing you through life.
Opening times: Tuesday – Thursday 3:30 – 5:30pm at The Hideaway Café (term-time only)

School Drop-Ins

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Each week in term-time we run lunchtime drop-ins at schools across Guildford. All are welcome!

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Drop-ins are a safe space to have fun with your friends, to play games or chat. This is a chance to chill in the middle of your school day, helping to reduce stress levels and prevent poor mental health.

They are also a place where you can find a youth worker who will listen to you and who can help you find mental health support if you or a friend are struggling.

 

Volunteering

We are always looking for enthusiastic people to join our team. 

Youth Team

Could you spare a few hours a week to hang out with young people, playing games, cooking with or listening to them? We need School Transition Coaches, Youth Café Team, Youth Hub Team in your local community and One-to-One Relational Schoolsworkers. 

Support Team

If working with young people is not your thing, or you can only volunteer from time-to-time, don’t worry, there are plenty of other opportunities to support us with your time or skills. Check out our latest vacancies (below) or email [email protected] to find out more.

We provide all our volunteers with training and support as well as the occasional party!

Vacancies

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Amanda and Alison raised over £400 by baking and selling delicious apple cakes to family and friends across Guildford.

Amanda & Alison

Fundraising

We rely on the generous donations of individuals and communities to enable us to continue running and developing our provision, as well as increasing the number of young people we work with.  So, if you’d like to run a race, hold a bake sale or jump out of a plane, raising vital funds for Matrix while you do, then we’d be happy to support you! 

A student led orchestra performed at Holy Trinity Church and raised over £500 with a retiring collection.

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Projects

We are always looking for enthusiastic people to join our youth hub and after-school teams. If you can help us, we can provide you with training, support and parties!

Can you spare a few hours a week to hang out with young people, playing games, doing cooking or listening to them? There are so many different projects to get involved with, both face-to-face and behind the scenes, just email to find out more, or check out our vacancies.

EVENTS

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Connect with someone at Matrix

Matrix offer a number of ways to support our young people, both individually and in groups, which means that everyone can get access to a Youth Worker should they need it.

Rob Giles, Assistant Headteacher, George Abbot