Supporting young people in Comberton and Offmore

What we do

 Our aim is to get people talking about mental health to reduce the stigma around mental health, as well as educating people on where to go to access help and support. Ultimately we want to see suicide rates reduced and young people accessing the support that they require which will hopefully prevent them from entering in to a mental health crisis. We want to eradicate prejudice behaviours towards those who are struggling with their mental health, and to challenge assumptions through conversations between those with lived experiences and those without, therefore encouraging a mutual journey of discovery, where learning can take place on both sides.

Talk Out Loud

‘Talk Out Loud’ is a weekly pop up provision for young people and parents, with the aim to raise awareness of mental health, engage people in creative therapeutic activities to encourage people to talk, and to offer support, guidance and signposting to both parents and young people. We serve hot chocolate and cake/sweets, and run activities to engage people in conversation, as well as creative therapeutic activities. We signpost people to various services where needed, and offer a listening ear as well as helpful advice and guidance where appropriate.  

Detached youth work

We are connecting and establishing relationships with local young people through detached youth work on the Comberton estate.


Our people

Marie Holmes

Marie is a qualified youth/community worker, trained in working with young people who have experienced sexual exploitation, a mental health first aider and counsellor specialising in trauma, abuse, and counselling children and young people.  She is a Baptist Minister with experience of leading church through collaboration in creative and multi-voiced ways. Marie also has experience in teaching youth work, networking and community building. Marie is married to Stuart and has 5 children and a puppy!

Stuart Holmes

Stuart is a qualified youth and community worker, with several years of lived experience working in extremely deprived and challenging estates. He has extensive experience of working in schools, working within the area of neurodiversity and with young people displaying challenging behaviours. Stuart is married to Marie. He loves music and plays guitar, supports Birmingham City and hates cheese.


We have a volunteer team involved in our youth mental health provision, as well as the community building initiatives.

Get involved

We are looking for volunteers to support all aspects of our work. Full training is available. Contact Marie for more information.


Marie Holmes
Branch Leader

Tel: 07805 106925

3 Broom Crescent
DY10 3BW