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! These are currently only happening in line with current legislation, see social media for updates

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

Family Support

Our family worker can help parents and carers with things like behaviour, attendance at school, transitions and signposting to appropriate services, she is also a fabulous listening ear. She also co-ordinates the ‘No Child Goes Hungry’ campaign for us, which supports families at risk of food poverty. She is at the centre 4 days a week and can be contacted on sonja@swanyouthproject.org

Small Groups and Young Carers

Every person is an individual, so our support is tailored and is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach. We offer bespoke support to cover all sorts of topics, such as Social and emotional skills, Confidence, Transition. We also have a Young Carers Key worker who supports our young carers and their families, by linking them to the best groups and checking in with them regularly.

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 and CEO

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 Senior Youth Worker. She has completed her level 3 in Youth Work and loves reading up all about the teen brain and it's amazing development..
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.

Sonja Fysh

Assistant Manager (Family and Youth worker)

Sonja spent many years working at then managing a local pre-school and has a Diploma in Leadership EYF. She brings a calm and supportive approach to all families and young people she supports here at the centre. Sonja also assists in managing the project overall and is the deputy safeguarding lead. She has 2 teenage boys, who allow her to try out all of her own advice at home!

Hollie Morton

Community Liaison Worker and Youth Worker

Hollie studied Film and Television at Lincoln University, graduating in 2018. She has spent the last year working in a residential children's home locally and is very exited to get started in our new Community Liaison role. She loves drama and has more IT knowledge than the rest of the team put together! Hollie is looking forward to meeting everyone and getting stuck in.

Stephanie Mallandain


Stephanie spent many years running her own business. 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. Steph keeps us in line with our spending!

Luke Gibson

Activity Coach

Luke is our Activity Coach via Kings Lynn Community Football. He is a qualified Football Coach and has L2 Youth Work cert. He brings lots of imaginative games and ideas to the project, which our young people love.

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

Chair of Trustees and Patron

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!