Arch mentoring & support for young people

by Melissa & Kate in Truro, England, United Kingdom

Arch mentoring & support for young people

Total raised £5,440

raised so far

+ est. £500.00 Gift Aid



Arch aims to provide peer-led support, mentoring & resources to empower young people in becoming confident & clued-up on life's challenges.

by Melissa & Kate in Truro, England, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 3rd May 2021 we'd raised £5,440 with 61 supporters in 55 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

In a nutshell the more money we raise the more young people we can help.

As well as providing us with a means to carry out our core work, more funding will also enable us to facilitate other ways of reaching out, including online workshops and (once we're able) face to face workshops, educational and safe-space conversations for small groups in the community.


We are Kate and Melissa, we bonded over a shared love of championing women's rights, tackling period poverty and fighting the patriarchy. After a couple of years running empowerment workshops together for young people within the Cornish community, we have decided to take the plunge and create Arch.


Arch aims to provide peer-led support, mentoring and resources to empower young people across Cornwall. Arch is a great first step for people who don’t feel like they are at the stage of needing professional therapy, are nervous about reaching out to more formal support services or want support quicker than the notoriously long waiting lists for existing services.

As a group, statistics show that young women have had the highest decline in mental health since the onset of COVID-19. This means that, coupled with the social pressures they face, it's incredibly important there are different support avenues available to them.

We will work directly with the community, specifically those who identify as women or non-binary between the ages of 16-25. We provide guidance with:

  • Mental Health 
  • Body Image and Self-worth
  • Self-care and Wellbeing 
  • Sex and Relationships
  • Periods and Menstrual Health
  • Activism

Workbook extract:



We work with each individual to create a tailor-made action plan to suit their needs. Each person chooses the subject areas they would like support with, as well as the level of interaction they would like throughout the process. For some, this could simply be receiving our workbook, so they can work through the exercises at their own pace. Or, for those who want more intensive support and guidance, we offer 1-1 mentoring sessions via text, phone or video call. Everyone receives the workbook, which contains resources, exercises, information, art and tear-out planner pages. 

Currently, Arch is focusing on reaching out through social media and established links with local schools but we have plans to hold workshops, talks and safe space conversations for small groups in the community when it is safe to do so.

Extracts from the Body Image chapter and the Periods & Menstrual Health chapter:




We want to provide this service for free, as this would make it a lot easier for young people to access the support we offer. The more money we raise the more young people we can help. 

The funds we raise will enable the running of our service, including everything from sustainably printing our Arch workbook, running virtual workshops and 1-1 mentoring sessions.

A Matt Haig quote from the Mental Health chapter:



This project offered rewards

£25 or more

ARCH tote & zine

This duo includes an ARCH tote bag which is hand screen-printed using animal and sweatshop free products & environmentally friendly inks. You'll also get a copy of our sustainably printed ARCH zine.

£10 or more


The ARCH zine is a mini version of our workbook. We give a workbook to every young person we work with. The sustainably printed zine features some of the best bits from the ARCH workbook, giving a feel for us and our approach, as well as some activities, text art and resources for your own use.

£15 or more

ARCH Pin Badge & Zine

The ARCH logo enamel pin badge, to help start conversations about Arch and the support we offer and a copy of our sustainably printed ARCH zine.

£20 or more

ARCH pocket mirror & zine

This duo comes with a positive affirmation pocket mirror and a copy of our sustainably printed ARCH zine.

£50 or more

Ultimate ARCH bundle

The ultimate bundle comes with all of the ARCH goodies mentioned above! The bundle includes: - ARCH zine featuring the best bits from our ARCH workbook - A hand screen printed tote bag - A positive affirmation pocket mirror - ARCH logo enamel pin badge.

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