Origins: a youth prayer course for 11-18 year-olds


In the gospel of Luke, one of Jesus’s disciples asks him to teach them something. The disciple asks,

“Lord, teach us to Pray…”

In a fun and laid back way, Origins will engage young people in the idea of prayer over 7 weeks, as well as giving practical suggestions to help them grow their prayer lives.

Who is Origins for?
Origins is a 7 week prayer resource for 11-18 year olds, that will teach young people to pray.

The course is designed for young people from all backgrounds. The desire is that anyone at any place with God can come along and build community whilst learning how to have a relationship with Jesus.

How does it work?
Each session is designed to fit into one and a half hours, but it can be changed to suit your group circumstances. The length of prayer times will increase over the seven weeks.

This course is designed for youth groups of all sizes but we suggest splitting into smaller groups for discussions.

Find out more by clicking here.




Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation: Prevention and Treatment

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With Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) now classified as a “national threat”, the onus is on all professionals working with children and young people to be alert to young victims, perpetrators and those at risk of abuse and exploitation.

This essential one-day national conference will provide first-hand insight on good practice in tackling the issue in all its forms, including intra-familial abuse and child sexual exploitation.

You will hear from expert speakers and practitioners from around the country including leading figures from the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, NSPCC, Barnardo’s and CEOP.

Where and when? 18 march 2016 in London
More details? click here

Self Esteem Course for Young Women – Bournemouth

All Different, All Beautiful

A short course for young women to develop their self-awareness, increase their personal aspirations and develop their positive relationship skills.


When: Starts Thursday, 31st March 5.30-7.30pm and runs weekly for 10 weeks

Where: Sussed Information, Advice and Guidance Centre, Wimborne Road, Kinson

Who is this course for?

Young women, aged 13-18 who would benefit with support regarding:

  • Low self esteem
  • Social isolation
  • Negative thought patterns
  • Low aspirations


The young women who will gain most from the course are those between the ages of 13 and 18 and who have an interest in developing skills which will help them to build self esteem and confidence.


The course is designed for young women to explore the pressures that are placed on them by self, peers, family and media that impact on confidence, self esteem and decision making. The course will reflect and analyse body image with the aim of young people having a realistic view of healthy body image. Throughout the course we will reflect on how thoughts feelings and actions of self and other impacts on self-esteem both in positive and negative ways. Relationships will be examined to identify healthy and unhealthy traits, the effects of these and the impact on health and wellbeing.

Throughout the course we will be highlighting the emotional impact of thoughts, feelings and actions on self esteem.


Course content

Week 1: Young people begin to form as a group within a safe and supportive environment.

Week 2: Being a woman – exploring personal values and current attitudes in society

Week3: Body Image

Week 4: Self Esteem

Week 5: Positive thinking

Week 6: Senses & Sensuality

Week 7: Relationships

Week 8: Eliminating risk

Week 9; Aspirations & Goal setting

Week 10: Review, and celebration


By the end of the course each participants will:

  • Recognise the importance of self esteem, self confidence, motivation and attitude
  • Know how self-esteem, confidence, motivation and attitude affects them
  • Have identified ways to improve personal confidence and motivation
  • Have a personal plan to support their on-going development
  • Recognise and have strategies to deal with negative self-talk

Each participant will be able to measure their progress using the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale and will leave the course with an individual action plan to continue their personal development.


If you want to know more about the course, please contact Vicky Walsh at Sussed on 01202 574308

To make a referral: please complete a Request for Service form and send it to by 14th March 2016. Please indicate on the form that you are requesting the All Different, All Beautiful course.

Thank you



Mental Health First Aid – Last Minute Discount!

Due to the last minute nature of this message, Peter Larkahm is offering a £200 discount for the Youth MHFA (Mental Health First Aid) course in Winchester on Tuesday and Wednesday THIS WEEK ! 23rd and 24th February.


The usual cost is £300 per person, but if you email him today asking for a place he will invoice at just £100 per person.


This cost include’s manuals, refreshments and lunch on both days.


This is a fantastic course that looks at young people’s mental health from a ‘first aid’ perspective. Topics include : Anxiety, Depression, Self harm, Eating disorders, Schizophrenia, Bi-polar, and Suicide.


For more information please visit:


Please respond TODAY to receive this £200 discount!

Peter Larkum

Ministering to Children conference at Moorlands College


In collaboration with Moorlands College we are running a Ministering to Children Conference on Saturday 27th February 2016

We shall be looking at –

• How children develop and grow
• Principles of running events for children
• Child Spirituality
• Ministering to preschool children

The event has always been very popular over the years, and we hope to develop these mornings over the coming months.

Where: Moorlands College, Sopley, Christchurch, BH23 7AT
When: Saturday 27 February 2016, 9.00 – 1.00pm
Cost: £20 for the conference, or £25 for the conference and lunch

Click the link for a poster: Ministering to Children Conference 2016

For more information, contact or phone 01425 674500



Free Peer Mentoring Training for Young Volunteers – Bournemouth

Free Peer Mentoring Training for Young Volunteers, aged between 13 – 21 years living in or volunteering in Bournemouth!

This training, delivered by YMCA Bournemouth is designed to prepare young people to become confident, effective peer mentors. The training will cover:

– What is a peer mentor and what makes a good one? – What are the do’s and don’t’s of peer mentoring and when is a secret not a secret? – How can you motivate your buddy and help them set goals?

This is a great training course for young volunteers, who currently volunteer at a youth club, provide peer support at their school or volunteer in a role where there are other young people that they can provide support and encouragement to.

When and Where:
This training course will be delivered over 2 evenings & attendance at both sessions is essential.

Part 1:
22nd February 2016: 6.30pm – 9.30pm (arrival from 6.15pm)
(Fusion Youth Club – Bournemouth Town Centre)
Part 2:
29th February 2016: 6.30pm – 9.30pm (arrival from 6.15pm)
(Fusion Youth Club – Bournemouth Town Centre)

After attending both sessions, you will receive an AQA Unit Award in Peer Mentoring which will look great in your Record of Achievement and on your CV!

To Book
Please complete & return the Booking form by email or in the post to:

Amy Collins
Boscombe Link
3 – 5 Palmerston Road
Bournemouth, BH1 4HN

Places are limited, so please book early!

Peer Mentoring Training – PDF Flyer