Youth Matters Peer Support groups are split into two age groups – 11-18 year olds and 18-24 year olds.
Sessions take place at the Young People’s Centre in Chard on Thursday evenings and Bridport Youth Centre on Monday evenings.
The groups meet on alternate weeks, so each group meets every two weeks. Our 11-18 year olds meet on the first and third Monday in Bridport and first and third Thursday of each month in Chard, while our 18-24 year olds meet on the second and fourth Monday in Bridport and second and fourth Thursday in Chard.
This offers the chance meet with others who may be experiencing similar issues in a safe, friendly and non-judgemental environment. Run by a team of staff and volunteers, our sessions are an opportunity to talk and share experiences, whilst learning some tools and resources to build self-confidence and self-esteem, and to help you cope better with life’s ups and downs.
Our sessions are led by a Group Worker and a Mental Health Support Worker, assisted by a team of volunteers. Everyone involved in our sessions has either had (and may continue to have) their own personal experience of mental health issues, or worked professionally with young people and/or in mental health.
To join Youth Matters sessions, you will need to be referred by a parent, teacher, GP, or anyone else who supports you … or you can refer yourself if that is easier. Forms are available to download on our website. We do ask that you obtain a GP covering letter for your initial appointment so that we can confirm that they are aware you are accessing our group.
For Youth Matters to work it is essential that our young people feel safe to talk, share and just to be – free from judgement! For this reason, we have strict rules around confidentiality and behaviour within the group.