What We Do

LYP is a youth charity in Surrey, offering a diverse range of projects which provide holistic and long-term support to local young people. These projects each aim to address a particular local need, and all contribute towards achieving our vision of all young people being safe, happy and making positive changes in their lives and the community around them.

Bfree Youth Café

BFree is our relational hub, open every day after school for local young people aged 11-17. The aim of BFree is to provide a safe, positive space for young people to meet friends, enjoy activities & games, and get to know our youth workers. BFree allows our team to build positive relationships with local young people, and by doing so we can understand their needs and support them in other areas of their lives. Our team can help with counselling, careers advice and support with learning specific skills.

 

BFree is open Monday-Friday from 3:15 until 6:15pm, and is currently attended by approximately 70 different young people every week. Each week we run competitions, arts & crafts. Our state of the art space is equipped with 6 iMac computers, a pool table, 4 games consoles and the Allsaints coffee shop.

Young people can get involved with the running of BFree by joining the BFree Youth Council, which meets every 6 weeks to discuss how BFree should be run and to plan events.

 

If you are interested in volunteering with us at BFree, please get in touch.

One-to-One

In September 2015 LYP launched the Mole Valley One-to-One Service, which offers Counselling or Mentoring to young people referred to us by Surrey’s Family Service. This service is part of Surrey County Council’s Early Help initiative, providing early intervention before a young person requires specialist support.

This service is referral based with referrals coming from Surrey County Council, Surrey Camhs, local schools, police, and direct referrals. Please contact us if you are seeking support for a young person aged 11-18.

Our One to One team have all been trained in counselling and have been supporting local young people through One to One services for over 10 years. Please contact us to find out more.

Bookham

In 2017, LYP launched Bookham Youth Project in partnership with three Bookham Churches. This work involves running open access youth provision within Bookham Youth Centre, as well as offering detached youth work, work within local schools including Howard of Effingham, and faith courses in partnership with the local churches.

Jenny is heading up Bookham Youth Project and can be contacted by emailing jenny@leatherheadyouthproject.com.

Allsaints

For a number of years we had dreamed about starting a business which could employ local young people who had not been able to find a job elsewhere.

After thinking about our skills and the space we have, we decided to launch a speciality coffee shop from our own building and in October 2014, Allsaints was opened to the public.

Allsaints is run by Matt Fleming and staffed by 3 young apprentices, who will work with us for one year, earning money and achieving their apprenticeship in customer service.

Allsaints has meeting rooms and hot desking available for hire in Leatherhead. Please contact us for more information.

To find out more about Allsaints, please visit the Allsaints website.

Freestyle Residential Camp

Freestyle is an annual youth camp which provides over 40 local young people with an action packed time away from home during the easter holidays. The camp has been running for 9 years, and offers 4 days of games, swimming, sports, workshops and the legendary talent show.

Freestyle is one of our most popular projects and gives local young people fantastic memories.

We would like to thank the Community Foundation for Surrey for providing funding for this project.

 

Girls Group

Girls Group is a regular session which engages young women ages 11-17 with issues affecting them in a fun and interactive way. The girls who take part in the project are actively involved in planning the sessions and suggesting topics for the group, which have included self esteem, sexual health and internet safety. Our sessions use creative methods to help young women learn and interact with relevant subjects, including group discussions, cooking, and crafts.

 

Making Good

Making Good offers young people the chance to give back to their community by taking part in social action volunteering activities during the half term. This usually involves projects such as conservation work, litter picks, painting or clearing community areas. On the third day of the project, young people enjoy a trip as a team building reward, and past trips have included trampolining at Gravity Force, going to the cinema, and bowling.

North Leatherhead Youth Council

North Leatherhead Youth Council (NLYC) is the ‘voice’ for young people in the community of North Leatherhead. The NLYC gets young people involved in local governance helping to identify and solve community problems, particularly those that affect local young people. This makes a huge contribution to helping the local community feel like a more vibrant and communal place! The NLYC meets on a termly basis, joined by a local councillor to help identify key issues.

Schools work

LYP is proud to partner with local primary and secondary schools.

Group Work at Therfield School

 

We run regular blocks of group work that are commissioned by the school in response to difficulties that arise with particular year groups and specific issues. We have run sessions with year 8 girls focused on self-esteem, sessions with year 9 boys focused on school engagement, and sessions with year 9 girls focused on behaviour and building confidence.

Transition at Leatherhead Trinity School

 

We run an annual Transition scheme at Leatherhead Trinity School, helping year 6 students prepare for the upcoming transition to secondary education. We focus on looking at their hopes and fears, aspects of the school day including timetables, and where to go for help and support.

Key Work

Key Work is an additional support project for young people aged 11-17, who have been identified through community youth work, requiring extra one to one support from a youth worker. Key Work provides the space for a young person to talk things through with a youth worker on a regular basis, and allows the youth worker to monitor the young person’s wellbeing and current life situations, being the main contact for further referrals.

BLAZE

BLAZE is a project for boys in school years 7-9. It provides a safe space for the young lads to express themselves freely and develop lasting friendships with their peers. At BLAZE we eat together, challenge each other on games like Fifa and pool, and take part in discussions around topics such as resilience, success in failure, online safety and the power of optimism.

BLAZE is run fortnightly at BFree Youth Cafe by Mikey Dicken. It aims to build lasting and positive relationships, not just within the project but throughout the local community.

Into The Wild

Into The Wild is a project to help young people experience the outdoors and enjoy the local countryside, by providing an expedition which includes wild camping in hammocks and learning survival skills. Young people have the opportunity to earn the John Muir award through completing the project which is now in its third year. 

 

Total Football

Total Football is a friday night community football league held at Therfield School in Leatherhead for local young people aged 11-16. Young people enter teams of 6 players and compete in six week leagues to become the overall winners. The project, which launched in 2007, has become a huge success and now attracts 55 young people every week. We launched Total Football in response to growing levels of anti-social behavior amongst young people who had “nothing to do” on Friday evenings.

Total Football is run by young people who used to take part in the project, who help by setting up the equipment and refereeing the games. In return, we support them to completing Football Coaching and Refereeing Courses with Surrey FA.

In 2014 Total Football was the winner of the High Sheriff Youth Project of the Year award at Surrey Sports Awards, and in 2015 won a Commendation Award from the National Crimebeat Awards.

 

Aspire

Aspire is about helping young people plan for their future and find the education or employment they are looking for. Many young people in our community finish education with low or no qualifications, resulting in a number of young people becoming NEET in our area. Our aim is to come alongside young people to raise their confidence and aspirations and help them to fulfill their potential.

We work with young people aged 15-20 who are NEET or unsure about their future, by helping them to create CVs, finding and applying for apprenticeships and employment, and supporting them to gain qualifications to boost their CV, such as AQA awards, Duke of Edinburgh, and First Aid certificates.

To date, Aspire has worked with over 130 young people. Each one of those young people finished with a CV full of experience, and we helped find an apprenticeship or job for 60 of these young people.

If you are a local employer who might be interested in taking on a young apprentice, please get in touch.

Romania

Since 2012, we have been taking young people from Leatherhead to help serve poor communities in Romania. We partner with Heart for Romania and Dare to Dream, both of whom work within some of the poorest villages in Transylvania; many living without running water, toilets or electricity.

Each year we run a summer camp for over 50 Roma teenagers, providing them with a fun holiday and access to leisure facilities which they normally wouldn’t have. These trips are life changing for both sets of young people.

Our teams from Leatherhead are mostly made up of young people aged 16-19 who have been involved with our youth projects for a number of years. The Romania trip gives them a chance to visit a culture which is much poorer than theirs, and experience new language, food and ways of living.

Faith work

LYP is a Christian faith based organisation. As such we support young people with their faith journeys through a variety of our projects. We partner with Churches and other faith organisations to provide this support.

Central to our vision is

  • To be a team who live out our Christian values and ethos with love, authenticity and integrity in relationship with others, particularly young people.
  • To provide projects that enable all young people to develop their whole lives, including their spiritual lives, and experience a journey on our youth work continuum towards transformation.
  • That all our projects are shaped and designed to meet the needs of young people and give them the best outcomes possible.

Christian Unions – LYP supports Christian unions in some of the schools we work in.

Faith groups – We run groups for young people who would like to explore the Christian faith and develop their faith journey.

Next Level – Run in partnership with the local churches in Bookham this is our monthly youth led Christian worship night, on the third Friday of every month.

Soul Survivor – Each summer we take groups of young people to Soul Survivor, a contemporary Christian festival which includes modern worship music and teaching relevant to young people.

Summer

Each summer we run a full schedule of activities and trips. This gives young people lots to get involved with over the long summer and keeps them with involved with positive activities.

Our summer schedule includes sports activities on the local recreation ground, and a series of weekly trips to attractions which have included the beach, London, water parks, air-hop, climbing, surfing and activity centres!

How you can help to create change

Donate

Your donation will go straight into helping us run projects for local young people.  For example...

£20 covers a 5-a-day healthy eating session

£50 covers a Girls Group session for 50 girls

£100 pays for 6 One to One counselling sessions

Donate

Volunteer

We are recruiting for volunteers now! Volunteers help us deliver almost everything we do.

You will need to be able to relate to young people, build positive relationships with them and buy into our teamwork approach.  Please contact us for a role description and to talk more about this if you are interested.

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Fundraise

We always welcome help with fundraising.

We have previously benefitted from individuals completing sponsored events on our behalf, such as Runs, Cycles and Triathlons. If you would like to raise funds for us, please contact us to discuss this further.

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