Leytonstone Youth Matters (formally known as Leytonstone Youth Cafe Community Initiative) works with young people age 11-19 offering a safe social place. Details of our projects can be found below.

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Amy Willshire 
020 8518 7725 (This is a shared line, please ask to be put through to Amy)

School Mentoring

During term time, we run weekly mentoring sessions in Buxton and Leytonstone school.

These sessions work 1-2-1 with young people who the school has identified as benefitting from additional support. Some young people do not have positive adult relationships in their lives; others may be facing issues which they feel they cannot talk about with their parents or teachers. A mentor is someone who will support the young person, challenge them to look at things from a different perspective but above all else be willing to listen to them and make them feel respected and valued as a person.

Our volunteer mentors recieve a term of training and on-going supervision to enable them to offer the best support to the young people they mentor. If you are interested in finding out more please see our volunteering page.


Once a year we offer a heavilly discounted opportunity for young people to go away on a residential / holiday together. Previous residentials have been to activity centres and a barge trip with future plans for a hiking / walking holiday.

                                  Up Grade

Our weekly revision and homework session kicks off in the run up to the summer exam period. Our volunteers offer free support to create a revision guide, set up a study group or help with revision and homework. If you book in advance we will try to ensure a volunteer with specialist knowledge in your chosen subject will be at the session to help you but we also offer a walk in service. Suitable for anything up to A Level standard in most subjects.


Over the summer holiday, Emplay project teaches young people employment skills and gives them an opportunity to try out different jobs. the summer 2012 this focused around event management; a group of young people organised a festival of arts and sport. Skills learnt included marketing, project management, budgeting, accounting, facilitation, customer service, sales and team work. Each participant was also offered career advice and help with their CV.
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