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Youth ministry is a key part of ministry in the Diocese of London and we work hard to support it as best we can. Here is a summary of what is currently on offer.

Advice and consultancy

We are well aware that one of the most valuable things we can provide is a brain to pick! So we are working with CONCRETE to provide this. They are a youth ministry organisation based at St Stephen’s Canonbury and they have a real specialism in urban areas; making them perfectly placed to help us. Initially you can contact James Fawcett, who has been working with young people full time for the last 15 years in a variety of contexts and for the last 10 of them in the east end of London – Tower Hamlets. To get in touch with James you can drop him an email.

Training

We now have training available at three levels in the Diocese for youth workers, mirroring what is already available to children’s workers. Basic skills courses will run over four weeks and are designed to equip volunteers with the tools they need to be effective, these will be taken ‘out and about’ around the Diocese so that they are available at locations that suit your team. In fact do let me know if you want to host a course as we’re always looking for venues.

Our level 3 course is up and running and goes through the whole academic year with eight sessions looking at the thinking behind good youth work. This will run again next year. Finally we have a few specialist sessions at Diocesan House that run as one offs tackling a specialist issue. This year these include Len Kalger joining us from the States, Personal Resilience, Romance Academy and First Aid Training.

Communications

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Starting a youth group

We would like to help parishes who want to launch youth groups so we have formed a partnership with the Urban Saints to do that. If you can find a small group of volunteers then this partnership with provide resources, training, consultancy and everything you need to get you through the first year. We ran a pilot in Northolt and it was a huge success so we are now making this available across the Diocese. Get in touch with Sam Donoghue to find out more.

Apprentices

We have launched a scheme with funding from the BLMF to raise up our own youth workers from within the Diocese, who we will then train and mentor on the job in a three year placement. Appointing a paid worker has proved really hard in London over recent years and this program seeks to help by allowing you to invest in someone with potential rather than try and find the finished article. There are currently four funded places available each year that we try and group in an episcopal area (last year in Willesden and this year in Kensington) but you can buy in to the scheme as well at any time. For more information please contact Jenny Barnard who runs the program or you can read about two of our apprentices on the Blog.

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