WAVES is a youth group with a difference. We recognise that it isn’t always easy to talk about your emotional and mental wellbeing. Fear about what others might say or not being taken seriously can often stop people from speaking out.

The reality is that you are not alone! One in six children aged 5-16 were identified as having a probable mental health problem in July 2021, a huge increase from one in nine in 2017. That’s five children in every classroom*

We provide a safe and informal environment for young people aged between 13-19 where you can:

  • Talk about mental health with staff and other young people
  • Learn about and explore different coping strategies
  • Find out more information about mental health support
  • Take part in group activities that promote good mental health.

WAVES sessions

We are running online and in-person sessions providing a safe space for young people aged between 13-19 who are experiencing or have experienced emotional health difficulties. You can talk in complete confidence to others with similar experiences, take part in activities, as well as build friendships and support networks with others.

Mondays | Reigate
15:45-17:15 (term-time only)
YMCA Sovereign Centre, Slipshatch Road, Reigate, RH2 8HA

Tuesdays | Online (Zoom)

Wednesdays | Tadworth
15:45-17:15 (term-time only)
Summer 2022 dates – 6, 13, 20 July
Phoenix Youth Centre, Preston Manor Road, Tadworth KT20 5LG

Thursdays | Horley
15:45-17:15 (term-time only)
YMCA Horley Young People and Family Centre, The Old Fire Station, Albert Road, Horley, RH6 7JA

Fridays | Redhill
15:45-17:15 (term-time only)
St Matthew’s Church, 71 Station Rd, Redhill RH1 1DL

Summer holiday sessions

“I have never been to a youth club group before outside of school because I never felt I fitted. WAVES is perfect for me. I have made new friends who I know will support me and have learnt a lot.”

Find out more

If you would like to find out more or would like to join WAVES, please contact Ella Sowton.

T 07483 431513
E ella.sowton@ymcaeastsurrey.org.uk

YMCA Sovereign Centre, Slipshatch Road, Reigate, RH2 8HA

* NHS Digital (2021): ‘Mental Health of Children and Young People in England 2021’. Available at: https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/mental-health-of-children-and-young-people-in-england/2021-follow-up-to-the-2017-survey