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Youth Cafe: Safe Social Hub Where Teenagers Thrive

by Matrix Youth Cafe in Guildford, England, United Kingdom



raised in 67 days



To create a Youth Café – where young people can find fun, friendship and mental health support, learning to thrive not just survive.

by Matrix Youth Cafe in Guildford, England, United Kingdom

We are a group of young people from Guildford, partnering with Matrix (Youth Charity) to develop a Youth Café (name tbc) as a central hub for Guildford’s youth.

In talking with Matrix, as part of the Youth Steering Group, we have been able to share that young people need a space to come together, socialise and make new friends as we need somewhere to relax and find space away from home and school.

The Youth Café will give us that.

In fact our aim is that the Youth Café is a safe space where any young person can 'drop-in' daily for fun and friendship, connecting with positive role-models and being inspired to thrive, not just survive.

We want to create a place in Guildford where young people know...

 mental health isn’t judged

 they can have fun and make memories that last forever

 they are accepted as part of the community instead of just being on the side

 they can meet together, be happy and get along with people they don't know that well

What will it look like?

There will be lots of seating, a café serving milkshakes, hot drinks and a variety of snacks, games to play and youth workers to chat to if we are anxious or just need some advice.

We also want to be able to learn new skills in a relaxed and fun way, like:

  • Cooking meals
  • Making our own clothes
  • How to start a business

What difference will your donation make?

It will make ALL the difference. All your donations will go towards running the cafe for the first few months, so that Matrix can employ youth workers, find volunteers, promote the cafe and serve milkshakes to those who can't afford it.

How will it happen?

In the Autumn we will be working with Matrix to get the Youth Cafe open as soon as we can.

We're looking forward to helping with all kinds of things:

Before we open:

Recruit and train 10 volunteers and 2 paid youth workers

Promote it to over 5000 young people

Plan 2 skills workshops to pilot

In the first 3 months:

Open 3 days a week after school

Welcome at least 150 young people

Set up a pay it forward system for those who want to come but can't afford to buy a drink

Try out the 2 pilot workshops

Who are Matrix? 

Matrix are a Youth Charity that has been working with young people in Guildford for 20 years. Some of us have one-to-one sessions that help us through the tricky times, others attend Youth Hubs, some of us have taken part in the big social action project they run each year and others have been to workshops about wellbeing, relationships or leadership. 

Who are we?

We are a group of 16 -18 year olds from Guildford and the surrounding areas that make up the Youth Steering Group for Matrix.

They have brought us together as a group to: Influence what they do, making sure it's what young people want; Investigate amongst our peers, to give feedback on what the needs are for young people right now; and Innovate new ideas, like the Youth Cafe.

We really hope you will support our project. THANK YOU!

Sam, Evan, Katie, Petra, Ben and Abi

Let's make 'Youth Cafe: Safe Social Hub Where Teenagers Thrive' happen

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