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WAVES (Wellbeing, Awareness & Voice for East Surrey)

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 5 young people experience symptoms of anxiety, depression and issues with their body confidence and one in 10 have a diagnosable mental health issue.

We aim to raise awareness of mental health and provide support for young people 11-19 (up to 25 if they have a disability) across East Surrey in a positive way.

As a group of young people, we work together to:

  • promote awareness and combat stigma
  • offer peer education and support for friends, family and partners
  • signpost to external services
  • build friendships

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WAVES drop-in youth sessions (term-time only)

WAVES runs drop-in youth clubs during term-time, providing a safe space for young people who are experiencing or have experienced mental health difficulties. The sessions give you a chance to talk in complete confidence to others with similar experiences, take part in activities, combat stigma and build friendships and support networks with others.

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

Tuesdays | Dorking
15:45-17:15 (term-time only)
Malthouse Youth Centre, Mill Lane, Dorking, Surrey RH4 1DX

Wednesdays | Banstead
15:45-17:15 (term-time only)
YMCA Banstead Children’s and Youth Centre, The Horseshoe, Bolters Lane, Banstead, SM7 2BQ

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

Fridays | Oxted
15:45-17:15 (term-time only)
Harry’s Youth Centre, 181-183 Station Road East, Oxted RH8 0QE

Find out more

If you would like to find out more or would like to join our group and raise awareness of mental health issues, please contact Ella Sowton.

T 01737 222859
E ella.sowton@ymcaeastsurrey.org.uk

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