Proud winners of the Colyer-Ferguson 50th Anniversary Award for Community Impact


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.

Current events @ Switch Cafe

Brighton to Maidstone

Please support our Brighton to Maidstone fundrasing bike ride, all funds raised allow us to continue to deliver 1-2-1s and other interventions, as well as our outreach work with the young people of Kent. It all adds up so thank your for your support.

Outreach Event

We are pleased to announce that Switch in conjunction with other services are going to a hold an information type event in Brenchley Gardens on Saturday 7th August 12-6pm.


This event with consist of several agencies offering information and advice on a wide range of issues/subjects, Project Salus, Crimestoppers, Outreach Tuition, Kings Reach, MADM, Early Help, Moodspark, Metro, Kent Youth Justice, Fearless, Kenward Trust, NHS, Olympia Boxing and Kent Police.


The event will be primarily aimed at young people, there will be background music, face painting, free food and drink, but there will also be information on hand for parents/carers to obtain should they wish to.


Each service/agency will have a table/stand/pitch within the park to promote and advise. So come along and join us and see what’s on offer for the young people of Maidstone (Kent).



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!

You can download our fundraising pack by clicking here: Switch Cafe

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!

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Switch Youth Cafe

Switch Youth Cafe
helping to make a positive switch

Here are the three little things that makes us special

Positive change

We’ve all been through some hard times and sharing our experience helps us all.

Having Fun

At Switch we believe you can have fun while making a positive change to yourself.

We Love Switch

We Love what we do here at Switch Youth Cafe and we are sure you will to!


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

Mark Chase


Nick Batchelor

Lead Youth Worker


Youth Support Assistant












switch youth cafe







Woody Woodgate


Staff Qualifications

BA (Hons) Informal Learning

Level 3 Youth Work

Level 3 Humanistic Counselling

Level 3 Safeguarding Children Designated Officer

Level 3 Drug And Alcohol Counselling

Level 3 Community Justice (Drug & Alcohol Services)

Level 2 Gangs & Youth Violence

Level 2 Mental Health

Level 2 Food & Hygiene

Level 2 Self Harm

Level 2 Working With Young People

Level 5 Effective Practice Youth Justice

Level 5 Child Psychology

Level 5 Criminology

Also trained in

Substance Misusing Parents

Child Protection-Online Risks

Sexual Health (Get It Card)

Awareness Of Child Abuse & Neglect

Child Sexual Exploitation

Good Practice In Child Protection Conference

Effective Behaviour Management

Safe& Effective Mentoring

Risk Assessment/D.U.S.T Training

Domestic Abuse And Substance Misuse

Group Work Skills

Working Towards;

Youth Justice Effective Practice Certificate

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.

You could:
• Volunteer
• 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.

Work experience

We have been able to provide work experience for young people who are interesting in:
• Catering
• IT
• 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 maidstoneyouthforum@gmail.com 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


We’d love to hear from you! Get in touch here!

Switch Youth Cafe, 34A High Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1JH

+44 (0)1622 220 408


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.

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