Our response to Covid-19
In light of the unpredictable world we’re living in, we have adapted our projects for 2020. We are still here to catalyse change for young people, helping them to thrive both now and in the future.
This is who we are
Matrix is a Christian charity providing a lifeline for vulnerable young people across Guildford Borough. Established for nearly 20 years, we are dedicated to working with young people, helping them to improve their lives, and for young people, catalysing change by nurturing, inspiring, connecting and empowering them.
Every year Matrix serves 1000’s of young people in schools and the community, making a real difference to young people’s lives. Partnering with young people, local organisations, churches, schools and the community we help young people make the most of their lives, enabling them to become active citizens in their communities.
We work with young people in 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. Some of this work is preventative, but much is responding to the growing level of wellbeing and mental health needs amongst young people.
Many young people don’t have the means or confidence to go far from home, so we provide positive activities and safe spaces directly in their own communities, across Guildford Borough. As well as youth hubs and after-school provision, we seek to increase access to a wider range of opportunities that might otherwise might be out of reach for young people.
We collaborate with local organisations providing new experiences for young people, from Band Tours with The Boileroom, to Art Days with local artists, and from making films to raise awareness about mental health, to providing reflective Prayer Spaces in schools.
We give young people a chance to have a say, by engaging them in research, helping to identify specific needs in their local community and using this to develop relevant projects. Through volunteer training, we give more people the skills to support young people in times of need.