Youth Unemployment: A Challenge for the Church…

downloadFrom Debbie Garden at FYT

It’s a challenge for the Church – to do something practical… and make a real difference.

Recent research undertaken by the Frontier Youth Trust and the Church Urban Fund* indicates that unemployment undermines young people’s self-confidence and sense of purpose, stigmatises them and, at its worst, can create a loss of hope and dignity. In February 2013, nearly a million young people aged 16-24 in the UK were unemployed. That’s leaving a lot of people loaded with these negative feelings at the start of their working lives – some of whom will be living in your area. For your local statistics, see Youth unemployment mapped | News | guardian.co.uk (February 20 2013).

We pose a challenge to your District, Diocese or Church – to send two people to a free half day workshop on Friday afternoon 19 April 2013, from 1.00 to 4.30pm:

  • One person aged 16 – 24 who is currently unemployed or working in a job that is not using their full potential.
  • One person of any age with plenty of experience of the working world and employment.

We’ll find out what the Government is doing to create work for young people, explore how we should respond, share our experiences and examine what the Church can do to help.

This event will take place at Alpha Building Services Engineering, in Stratford, East London, starting at 1.00pm with refreshments and finishing at 4.30pm.

Alpha BSE is one of the country’s most innovative and successful training centres in construction and transport. You’ll be able to see what’s going on and speak to staff and trainees as well as look in more detail at the contribution the Church in your region could make.

More details from

Stephen Willey stephen.willey@necgroup.co.uk or Chris Beales chris@afghanaction.org

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