ABOUT

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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 two members of staff.

We are 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.

Team

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

Emily has been an Educator for YouMatter since September 2014. Emily has a particular interest in promoting body confidence in young people and challenging societal ideals around body image. She loves teaching around the true meaning of beauty.

Kirsten Slatter

Educator

Kirsten joined YouMatter as an Educator in 2017. She has really enjoyed getting trained up and becoming familiar with our workshops. Kirsten has also been helping us to update our social media channels and reach more people with our messages online. 

Zoe Hewlett

Educator

Zoe joined us in February 2019. She is looking forward to getting out there and meeting lots of young people in schools, youth clubs and churches. She has a particular heart for helping young people to have a sense of their true identity and value.

Paul Milbank

Educator

Paul joined the team as an Educator in February 2019 (having previously been one of our Trustees for a number of years). Paul  has joined our education team to focus on providing targeted small-group work with young men and is keen to explore themes of masculinity, as well as equipping young men to make positive decisions in the face of the pressures, choices and challenges that they face.

Trustees

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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

Trustee

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. 

Kim Hewlett

Trustee

Kim is a Mum of two and feels that is so important for young people today to be presented with alternative, positive, world views about themselves and their relationships, compared to those presented by current media. She feels that YouMatter do this “fantastically!” and is delighted to be involved. Kim has been a Trustee of YouMatter since 2017.
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Helen Gunton

Trustee

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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Sue Noble

Trustee

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.   

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