Switch was initially set up in 2010 with funding provided by the National Lottery, it has been made to be a safe haven for young people to access support and guidance from youth workers.
We are in partnership with Maidstone Youth Forum, who are the group of young people that helped raise the funding to accomplish the major refurbishment of once the derelict building just off the High Street.
In 2014 another refurbishment was made in response to young people to create an extra 3 rooms.
160 entries later in 2015 we were named a finalist in the Community Category for the Kent Charity Awards! This was a great achievement, and a few young people were given the oppurtunity to enjoy the experience with us!
As a registered charity (No. 1127568) Switch Youth Café has had over 35,000 visits during the last five years from young people, adult users and professional partners.
If you don’t have money, don’t worry! We are here for you to meet/make new friends, ask for advice/support and guidance from any of our staff members and volunteers, or if your hungry the cafe is with with affordable prices.
While we are open we tailor for anyone under 21 (or up to 25 with disabilities/learning difficulties) However with a range of partners offering organised support groups for young people and adults we may be able to still offer you help even if your over 21, so feel free to contact us!
We hope to see you soon.
The Switch Team
‘Supporting young people change or ’Switch’ how they are perceived through participation’