we are arch

Empowerment,
inspiration &
education.

Arch provides peer-led support, mentoring and resources to empower young people in becoming more confident, courageous and clued-up, on life’s fundamental challenges.

We set up Arch as a direct response to the needs of the community. Waiting lists for mental health and other formal support services in Cornwall are lengthy. As a group, statistics show that young women have had the highest decline in mental health since COVID. This means that, coupled with the social pressures they face, it’s incredibly important that there are different support avenues available to them.

Our service is free, and is also completely peer-led, which makes it a lot easier for young people to engage with us in an accessible and time-conscious way.

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your guide to growth.

We provide a great first step for people who don’t feel like they have reached the stage of needing professional therapy, or are nervous about reaching out to more formal support services.

We work with individuals to create tailor-made support, building a personalised action-plan based around the topics they want to focus on. Our process is underpinned by The Arch Workbook, which is given to anyone who receives support from us.

The workbook contains information, resources and interactive exercises on all of the topics we cover. You can either work through the workbook by itself in your own time, or alongside 1 on 1 mentoring sessions, making the process as hands-on or independent as you’re comfortable with.

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WHAT WE HELP WITH

We work directly with the community, through links with local schools, as well as directly with young people via our social media platforms. Anyone can reach out to Arch for free support, our aim is to make sure our services are visible and accessible to anyone who may benefit from them.

Arch has been designed primarily for women and non-binary people between the ages of 16 and 25, but we absolutely do not limit our services beyond that. We provide guidance for a range of issues, challenges & topics such as: Mental Health, Periods & Menstrual Health, Sex & Relationships, Body Image & Self Worth, Self-care & Wellbeing and Activism & Empowerment.

Whoever you are, however you identify, if you are comfortable accepting support from us, we’re here to help.

Outreach & Community

Beyond our workbook & support we also hold workshops, talks and safe-space conversations for small groups in the community and endeavour to resume these once it’s safe to do so.

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Kate recently was interviewed by BBC Radio Cornwall on how Arch can help, what we offer and our goals & aims for the future which you can listen to the interview here!

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Interview with Tiffany Truscott on bbc radio cornwall

BBC Radio Cornwall - April 2021

What people say...

Kate and Melissa – the dream team! I have known both of these incredible women in a professional capacity for a few years now and their strength, passion and motivation is inspiring. I have worked with them on a number of different projects and each time it has been a real pleasure. I have witnessed their own confidence grow when seeing them create and deliver quality self-esteem and self-care workshops to vulnerable young people and watching how they creatively tailored the content to suit the varying needs of the young people was inspirational. When delivering the workshops they expertly combined their professional knowledge with their passion to support and empower young people and the result was an engaging and powerful session. I'm excited about continuing to work with them in the future.

Margaret Searle
Education & Wellbeing Specialist
brook.org.uk

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