Seven years ago we set up AllSaints to provide disadvantaged young people from North Leatherhead with a healthy launchpad into working life. This was an ambitious project to take on, which has had its financial challenges. We’ve also seen coming out of the pandemic that local 16+ year olds have a unique set of needs different to previous generations and to be able to best support them we need to adapt our offer. The time has come to re-evaluate our current provision to make sure we are sustainably supporting local young people to the best of our ability.
This has led us to take a step back and make the decision that now is the right time to close AllSaints doors. Going forward we will be investing in finding new sustainable and innovative ways that will enable us to support the next upcoming cohort of local 16 – 20 year olds.
Our Coffee Shop Manager Laura Dicken will be joining Leatherhead Youth Project to help shape new support for older teens. She and the LYP team will be working closely with the 16 – 21 year olds themselves to look at the issues they are facing, what provision there is locally and how LYP can best fill the gap.
We feel incredibly blessed that for the last seven years we’ve been able be open six days a week, providing life-changing support for 25 young people. We couldn’t have done this without the generous support of our community, regularly visiting the coffee shop and supporting us where you could. This has enabled so many local young people in North Leatherhead to reach their full potential and for this we will be forever grateful.
To follow LYP’s journey, please visit www.leatherheadyouthproject.com. You can also find out more about LYP by following ‘Leatherhead Youth Project’ on Facebook and ‘@wearelyp’ on Instagram and Twitter.