Shelford & Stapleford Youth Initiative (SSYI)

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SSYI supports young people by providing a place to socialise, people to talk to and opportunities to learn, develop and grow. It runs weekly youth clubs, alternative education, 1:1 support, trips, activities and residentials.

This activity is good for wellbeing because

  • meeting other young people prevents social isolation;
  • getting out and getting active is good for mental and physical health;
  • if you are struggling, there is a supportive and friendly team of youth workers who can listen and help.

“Every one is very friendly and I feel as though I can talk to any of the adults about anything and they are always happy to listen. I feel very much at home at the youth club as every one is welcoming.” 

How to contact

Where to go

SSYI Youth Centre
Woollards Lane
Great Shelford
CB22 5LZ

Sawston Free Church
High Street

Lynton Way Park

About SSYI:


More information

If you are a young person living in or around Shelford, Sawston and Stapleford and you are looking for things to do, people to meet and a place to go, then SSYI is for you.

There is a weekly programme of youth clubs and activities (visit the website for more details), or you can ask for 1:1 support or mentoring from one of the youth workers.

Most activities take place after school, but trips and residentials take place in the school holidays.

If you are an adult and would like to lend a hand, SSYI is keen to recruit volunteers for a variety of tasks. Talk to Zac for details.

What to expect

Everyone at SSYI is friendly and welcoming, and if you are feeling apprehensive that you won’t know anyone, then you can have a chat with Zac before you come along. The youth clubs and weekly activities are drop-in, so just turn up to the right place at the right time (see the website for details).

If you would prefer a more chilled and calm atmosphere than a regular youth club, RED takes place every Tuesday (term time only) from 5.30pm to 7.00pm at the SSYI Youth Centre. It’s a place where young people can meet after school during the week.  You can come and do homework and it’s a great way to meet new people. RED is for those in school years 10 and up.

Unfortunately, SSYI Youth Centre is not wheelchair accessible.

Except for residentials and day trips, joining SSYI clubs and activities is free. At youth club there are drinks and snacks for sale.


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