Supporting young people in Comberton and Offmore

What we do

Our aim is 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 help young people and their families to access the support that they require which will hopefully prevent them from entering in to a mental health crisis. We want to eradicate prejudice behaviours 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 on their way home from school, 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. We serve hot chocolate, milkshake, cake, and sweets, and run activities to engage people in conversation. 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. We base ourselves at the local park one evening a week with drinks and snacks - refereeing football matches, listening to music and anything else that the young people want to do. Overall, we want to engage with young people who probably wouldn’t engage anywhere else and have a positive influence on them and how they behave socially.

Social Well-Being Café

We run a café once a week for the local community to come in and chat, as well as use our laptops and Wi-Fi to apply for work, write CV’s, get support with filling out disability and benefits applications and paperwork as well as anything else that they might need help with. We offer mental health support for those who come along and signpost to other services that would also benefit them.


Exercise is a fantastic way of improving mental health, so we offer a Boxfit session once a week that is accessible to everyone in the community. In the warmer months this takes place outside in the sunshine as we all know the sun has a positive impact on mood and mental health!

Young Leaders

Some of the young people we engage with were very keen to help set up and run groups with us and so a group of Young Leaders began! They help to plan our groups and events and act as role models to the other young people. Our aim is to help develop their knowledge, skills and understanding in youth and community work so that they may, if they wish, join us as youth and community workers in the future.


Get Involved

Volunteering opportunities:

We are always looking for volunteers to help run any or all of our groups, please contact Marie Holmes or fill in an application form to get started. Full training is available.


Could you take part in a fundraising event and help to raise some much needed funds for our work with vulnerable young people? See our fundraising page for more details.

Our people

Marie Holmes

Branch Leader

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!

Sophie Ella

Youth/Community Worker and Admin

Sophie is the secretary and a Youth and Community worker in the branch, helping to run a free Fitness Bootcamp, an Employability Group, Mental Health Pop Up tent and Detached Youth Work - she does a bit of everything! She also works in an old fashioned sweet shop! Sophie loves to put a smile on everyone’s faces and will go above and beyond for the community and those she works with. She loves her fish tanks (she has 4!) and loves nothing better than watching films in her jim jams!

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.

Matt Ella

Volunteer Detached Youth Worker

Matt has been a youth worker for 9 years now, previously volunteering in a church and employed by the council as Lead Detached Youth Worker for the Wyre Forest area. He is passionate about keeping young people safe in parks and other areas they like to hang out in and being a good role model for them. Matt loves fishing and spends his free time trying to beat his own records!

Liam Carroll

Volunteer Youth and Community Worker

Liam is a mental health first aider who has volunteered as a youth worker for several years. He is currently a Business Administration Apprentice at Kidderminster College, helping young people find suitable employers for an apprenticeship. In his free time, Liam is interested in local politics and is a Kidderminster Harriers season ticket holder.

Lisa Adams

Volunteer Youth and Community Worker

Lisa has 10 years of youth work experience, in a voluntary capacity and a paid role. She has worked in a church-based youth work role and a secular one, including doing schools work and youth clubs. She is passionate about inclusivity, and LGBTQIA+ issues. She is also a big reader and board game lover.


Marie Holmes
Branch Leader

Tel: 07805 106925

3 Broom Crescent
DY10 3BW

Volunteer Application Form