Swan Youth Project, Paradise Road, Downham Market, Norfolk, PE38 9JE | t. 01366 386259

engage, empower, enable

Open Access

At the core of our work are the Open Access sessions that we run weekly. Young people from age 8 can drop in and join us for 2 hours of fun, chat, support, advice, activities and generally have a nice time!

1:1 Support

We can support young people on a 1:1 basis with mild/emerging mental health concerns or general well-being. We offer 6 sessions initially and then assess need from there. For more information please contact anna@swanyouthproject.org

Peer Mentor Scheme

Our Peer Mentor scheme is aimed at young people in Year 8 and above. If you are interested in helping us to run sessions and raise money for the centre, alongside earning a Princes Trust Achieve Award, then this could be for you.

Princes Trust and Small Groups

Every person is an individual, so our support is tailored and is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach. We run small groups to support Young Carers, we also offer a Multisport and Nutrition Group for a small group of invited participants.
We can also offer bespoke support to cover all sorts of topics, such as Social and emotional skills, Confidence, Transition

Due to the corona virus pandemic our timetable and services have been adapted so they can be accessed safely. The centre is open but only booked appointments and groups are going ahead. Please follow our social media for updates and current information at this unsettled time.

The Swan Youth Project is based in a lovely old school building in Downham Market, Norfolk. We are a registered charity, no. 1143957. We support young people between  8 – 18 years of age with a variety of activities, groups and courses. Our Open Access sessions are at the core of what we do, with everything else holistically growing from these. We listen to our young people and move forward with their input and fabulous ideas.


We work to create appropriate settings that facilitate the growth and development of the children and young people from our area and beyond.

1. We will provide a safe place for young people to spend time with their peers.
2. Provide activities that will enhance the lives of the young people whom attend the groups.
3. Provide unbiased and on the spot support and information for the young people whom attend the groups.
4. Provide educational activities to complement the work that young people are doing within their school curriculum
5. Provide health activities to support the health physical psychological and mental wellbeing of young people

The Team

Anna Foster

Project Manager

Anna has been at the centre since 2018 and has many years experience of working with young people and families both in Norfolk and Bedfordshire. She originally trained as a dance teacher and has always been focused on working within the community. She has since gained qualifications in mental health and parental support and is an Assessor. She is also trained as a Family Group Conference Co-Ordinator. Anna is the project safeguarding lead.

Rhiannon Eagle

Senior Project Youth Worker

Rhi started as a volunteer with the project and is now employed as a Youth Worker, she has recently completed her level 3 in Youth Work.
Rhi delivers our Open Access sessions, group work and also 1:1's. She uses a 'person centred' approach in her work and is a loyal champion for young people within the town. Rhi also delivers our C-card scheme at the centre.

Nicky Green

Youth Worker and Family Support Worker

Nicky has spent many years as a sports coach for both young people and adults and she is a firm favorite with our young people from her activity sessions. Nicky plays squash internationally in her spare time and has a 14 year old daughter. She is very excited to be working with us and is great at building rapport with all who meet her.

Stephanie Mallandain


Stephanie has a wealth of experience of running her own business and also of accounts. She is here one day a week and plays a very important part in the running of the centre. She is queen of spreadsheets and deals with all manner or things from registers to paying bills, to funding.

Adelia Miguel

Senior Sessional Youth Worker

Adelia started her career as a children's entertainer and she has been a Youth Worker for almost 5 years. She loves painting, arts and crafts, dancing, yoga and all sorts of games. She loves Open Access youth groups because it's an open and free space for children to play, learn, explore, share and socialise with other children in a relaxed and fun way.

Centre Volunteers

Supporting the centre

We have a few trusty volunteers who support us with group work, paperwork and looking after the centre. All of our volunteers go through a full recruitment process and are DBS checked annually, in line with all paid staff.

James Bagge


James was born and reared at Stradsett, West Norfolk. Sent to London to earn a living, he returned to be High Sheriff of Norfolk. Have since walked a few miles for Carers Charities. James says, 'It’s time to ensure that all young people in and around Downham have the sort of love and support I have been so lucky to enjoy.'

Thank you to our Supporters and Partners!