‘Switch encourages me to get out of the house and socialise with my friends, to get away from the computer screens and have fun’
A BIT ABOUT US
We hope you enjoy browsing our website and seeing some of the things we get up to at Switch Youth Cafe!
Opening times: Term time Tuesday to Friday 3.30pm-7.00pm. Non term times Tuesday to Friday 2.00pm-7.00pm – Saturdays 2pm – 5pm – Age range 11-21 years.
With your support we can help the young people of Maidstone’s personal and social development within a safe environment.
The staff and young people of Switch want to say a big thank you for considering fundraising for us and we would love to hear about what you get up to. If you want to send us any updates or pictures, we will happily spread the word to help make your fundraiser an even bigger success, via our facebook, twitter and website.
If you needed some help in where to start with your fundraising we’ve created a fundraising pack, which you can download, with loads of hints and tips for what to do and how to make the most of your event!
We wish you the best of luck in your endeavour and once again thank you from both the Switch team and the young people who use Switch!
Give as you Live…
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The best part about it is that it’s free for you to use and it
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or through their website, and we get a percentage of money
based on where you shop.
To support us please use the link below:
Here are the three little things that makes us special
This is our dedicated team who work day-in and day-out together to bring
our members a great environment for socialising and personal development
Support & Advice
We offer a friendly environment, specifically for young people, with trained staff available to offer support, advice and guidance should you need it.
We have faith in all young people, and accept everyone who steps through the door, and believe that you should all have a voice that’s heard!
Over the past five years we have supported young people with issues involving sexual health (we are CCard registered), drugs, alcohol, problems at school, college, at home and anything in between.
We can help you with CV building or even advice with interviews, we will help cater for as many of your needs as possible.
Switch’s experience working with different agencies and charities means even if we can’t personally help you we will try our absolute hardest to refer you to someone who can.
You can either contact us directly or check our helplines page.
Last year Switch provided over 20 young people with work experience meaning that over 1600 hours were accrued and used to support their development. We also had over 30 young people volunteer with us for a further 1000 hours. We have a number of ways you can get involved.
There are now currently 7 young people and 7 adult volunteers with the aim of recruiting more.
• Do your work experience here
• Become a member of Maidstone Youth Forum
Here are a few of the many reasons you could volunteer:
• Learn new skills
• Good for your C.V
• Work alongside experienced people in their field
• Make new friends
• Knowing you’re making a unique contribution to our work
Although the aim of a volunteer is to support the charity we also want to support you. Therefore it is important that we know what you are interested in so we can tailor the volunteering experience to suit you.
We have been able to provide work experience for young people who are interesting in:
• Business and Admin
• Health and Social Care
• Working with Young People.
Spaces are limited so don’t miss out, come join us and help us help others.
Maidstone Youth Forum
MYF is held at Switch every Wednesday from 4.15– 5.15pm. MYF have, in the past year been involved in fundraising, holding music concerts in the town centre, going on demonstrations in London, explored environmental issues, gained youth achievement awards, become music champions and formed their own band. It’s giving the youth a voice and chance to take lead on what you want to do.
If you are interested in meeting new people and helping MYF help each other, Switch and other members of the community then please come and say hello. You can contact them via firstname.lastname@example.org or find them on facebook.
If any of the above interest you then feel free to contact us via phone or email.
What the youth say about Switch
‘Switch has encouraged me to be myself. I have spoken to people about my mental health issues and they have helped me so much! If they hadn’t been here for me I don’t know where I would be now or whether I’d be here at all.’
‘Switch is amazing in my eyes, I’ve always felt safe here! It is like a second home to me, my family trust me here. Since coming here about 4 months ago I’ve gained more confidence in myself’
‘Switch does so much for the community for young people. It gives them a place to go out of the cold, people who care to talk to, a place to chill and a place to have.’
‘There’s a lot of good people to talk to.’
‘Thank you for letting us be us.’
‘I feel valued which is new for me’
‘Switch is a great place for teenagers to go. I am thankful that Switch is here because it helps me with my everyday life.’
Visits in 2017
We’d love to hear from you! Get in touch here!
Opening times: Term time Tuesday to Friday 3.30pm-7.00pm. Non term times Tuesday to Friday 2.00pm-7.00pm – Age range 11-21 years.