YouMatter exists to see lives transformed, by inspiring positive choices

We provide high-quality, interactive and engaging workshops for young people in schools, youth clubs and other community settings. We also provide sessions for parents and training for professionals.

Our approach is informed by national guidance, local trends and what young people tell us are the issues that they face.

All of our workshops are tailored to the needs of the particular group that we are working with.

We have 9 Key Areas of Work:


  • Self-Esteem and Confidence
  • Positive Relationships
  • Decision-making Around Sex
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections, including HIV and AIDS
  • Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Prevention
  • Sexting and Staying Safe Online
  • The Impact and Effects of Pornography
  • Alcohol, Drugs Misuse and Staying Safe
  • Supporting Positive Parenting

The charity was formed on 1 June 2011 and was formerly known as ‘Love Matters’. 

YouMatter is run by a group of Christians who are keen to respond to the pressures, choices and challenges that young people face in our society today.

The charity is overseen by a Board of Trustees, and employs four members of staff.

We are a registered Jersey charity (registered charity number 240) and  a member of the Association of Jersey Charities (member number 407). We are also a core member of the Sex Education Forum, a national forum hosted by the National Children’s Bureau

YouMatter is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We require all staff, Trustees and volunteers to share this commitment.


Sarah Gray

Executive Director

Sarah is the founder and Executive Director of YouMatter. She has worked with young people since 2008 and has background in HIV and AIDS education. She has a passion for helping young people to build their self-esteem and develop an understanding of their true value and worth.

Emily Martin

Education Manager (KS 3-5)

Emily has worked with YouMatter since September 2014. Emily has a particular interest in challenging unhelpful societal ideas, particularly around body image and relationships. Emily is passionate about promoting body confidence, healthy relationships and self-esteem.

Zoe Hewlett

Operations Manager

Zoe joined us in February 2019. With more of a day to day focus on the operational workings of the charity, she still looks forward to opportunities to meet young people in schools and community settings. Zoe has a particular heart for helping young people in a more focused setting providing a safe space for exploring common issues and facilitating ways forward.

Calvin Le Hurey

Education Manager (KS 2)

Calvin joined the team in May 2022, taking on oversight of YouMatter’s primary school programmes. Having worked with children and young people in schools for 22 years, Calvin is excited to have the opportunity to focus on building young people’s self-esteem and equip them to realise their own potential. 



Gerry Baudains

Chairman - Board of Trustees

Gerry has been a Trustee of YouMatter since its conception.  As a former foster carer and a former youth court magistrate she has seen first-hand some of the consequences of poor self-esteem and decision making. She is delighted to be an advocate of a charity that seeks to help young people grow a positive self-image and make good decisions.

Fran Brooks

Fran Brooks


Fran is a teacher in one of the island’s secondary schools. Her passion for young people and seeing them realise their potential and value started with youth work 12 years ago and has now led her into the world of teaching. Fran has been a Trustee of YouMatter since 2014. 


Sue Noble


Sue is a Mum of three and has five grandchildren aged 8 to 15, therefore young people are very close to her heart! Having served as a member of the Youth Court panel for 9 years, Sue is no stranger to the challenges of adolescence and the pressures of the Internet and a “social norm that is constantly changing”. Sue feels that YouMatter really do help young people to make sense of their world and is “delighted” to be a part of the organisation. Sue has been a Trustee since 2019.   

Helen Gunton


Helen is a Mum of teenage daughters and a former primary school teacher. Helen is particularly passionate about the importance of building healthy self-esteem in young people and giving them the skills to make positive choices in their lives. Helen has been a Trustee of YouMatter since 2019.

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