Youth Café in central Guildford:
A youth led space in central Guildford where wellbeing is promoted and young people are welcomed and accepted as part of the community.
Supported by the Police Crime Commissioner
We run lots of different activities in and around Guildford. Here are just a few of them. Want to know more? Come along to one of the projects or email us!
Looking for something to do?
Matrix run lots of different activities across Guildford.
– Find our Youth Workers out and about doing detached in Bellfields and Bushy Hill. Come and chat or play games
– Holiday activities and challenges
AND at George Abbot and Guildford County School:
– After-school drop-ins for Year 9 bubbles: snacks, drinks, games, chat
– Lunchtime Drop-ins for Year 7 (or find us on the playground)
Look out for the Matrix Team in their YOUTH TEAM t-shirts & posters around school!
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Check out our recent posts to see what we’ve been up to, find encouragement and get involved.
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Youth Steering Group
It is really important to the Matrix team that we hear the voices of young people in all we do, and that your opinion helps to shape what we do and how we do it.
The Youth Steering Group is one way of you doing that and we’re looking for some more Year 11-13 who want to be part of a team that INFLUENCES, INVESTIGATES and INNOVATES for the benefit of young people across Guildford.
Can you speak in front of a group (or want to learn to get better at it)? Do you want to be part of the team that is developing the new Guildford Youth Café? Do you have friends that are really struggling with life and want to be able to help them more?
Need someone to talk to?
We all need someone to talk to from time-to-time. The Matrix Youth Team are really good listeners and take time to get to know what you need. Each week you’ll find us in George Abbot and Guildford County School – just tell a member of staff you’d like to book an appointment and come and see us.
We also offer DIGITAL APPOINTMENTS too! These take place during or after school for young people at any school across Guildford Borough. Sign up here
Appointments are one-to-one so you can talk freely and all the Youth Team are trained to listen, be non-judgmental and help you with anything from friendship problems, to anxiety, bereavement or anything else you want to talk about.
If you need help straight away, call Childline FREE on 0800 1111 or visit: www.childline.org.uk
I like everything about Youth Hub, 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 hubs in 4 communities across Guildford Borough – find out more here.
All our Youth Hubs 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 11+ can volunteer at any of the Youth Hubs to gain experience, for D of E, or just for fun.
We don’t want cost to stop young people benefitting from Matrix Projects, so we try to keep costs to a minimum, but sometimes, there is a small charge. Youth Clubs are funded by external sources, but we might ask young people to help us fundraise to help cover costs. For activities that have a cost, bursaries can be applied for.
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.
Hub+ runs most holidays. This is open to all in Year 7 – 11 and will either be day-long activities, trips, or evening activities. These are run across all the projects enabling young people to mix and make friends. We also run a residential once a year.
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
It’s so good just having someone to talk to who understands and doesn’t judge me… Max, age 15
Youth Hub gives me a place to socialise and make new friends – Aliana, age 12