It’s so good just having someone to talk to who understands and doesn’t judge me… Max, age 15
I love our Youth Clubs – they offer a fun, warm, friendly community space where young people know they can have an evening every week to be themselves away from any outside pressures.
Youth clubs are special – we create a place for young people to come hang out, reunite with old friends, make new friends while having lots of fun and laughing lots. It’s a place to learn new skills and be themselves. Our clubs provide security, fun, food and friends.
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 things we think might be helpful for you. Want to know more? Come along to one of the Youth Clubs or get email us!
Looking for something to do?
Matrix run lots of different activities in Guildford communities and schools.
– Youth Clubs in Bellfields, Bushy Hill, Albury and Horsley
– After-school footy open to all ages from Year 7-13, in Bellfields
– Cafés and Drop-ins at George Abbot and Guildford County School
Look out for the Matrix Team in their YOUTH TEAM t-shirts & posters around school!
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 Club or an after-school activity, join us at Ready 4 Action 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. All our Youth Workers are really good listeners and take time to get to know what you need. You can find us in George Abbot, County and Christ’s College – look for the posters, come to a drop-in or just ask a teacher.
We can meet you 1:1 if you want to talk privately, or we can just chat at one of the Matrix provisions – 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 Club, 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 clubs in 4 communities across Guildford Borough – find out more here.
All our Youth Clubs 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 12+ can volunteer at any of Youth Clubs to gain experience, for D of E, or just for fun.
We try to keep costs to a minimum, but sometimes there is a small charge. Youth Clubs are funded by external sources, so we just ask for a £1 sub when they come. Some young people like to bring a bit of change to spend in the tuck shop (max £1 spend).
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.
If your child attends one of our Youth Clubs, they should bring home a letter about holiday trips or activities – there is usually one trip/event per holiday. We also run day-long Holiday Activities which are more specialised, such as Arts Academy and Bushcraft.
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 Club gives me a place to socialise and make new friends – Aliana, age 12