Hello, my name is Paul Smith and I am the new Youth Advisor in the Diocese. I am married to Sarah and have 2 beautiful daughters Kayla and Edie. I live in Chandler’s Ford and was the Youth Minister in the Parish there for just over 3 years. I am really excited about this new role and all that God has for us as a Diocese. I look forward to meeting lots of you and getting to know you as I support you in your ministry to the amazing young people across this Diocese. If you need to contact me you can email me: firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on: 07841517519.
It’s been a few months of terrible news from close to home, with two terror attacks in London and one in Manchester. Meanwhile, around the globe, particularly in Afganistan and Egypt, terror attacks have continued to devastate communities.
In the midst of these horrifying events, our children and young people can be left with a lot of questions, anxiety and concerns. We’ve compiled links to some of the resources that have been released to help you tackle these tricky issues with the children and young people you work with.
Premier Youth and Childrenswork Magazine – Manchester attack: How do we support children and young people?
It’s just a couple of short days until we head to the polls for the General Election. While we may have many views when it comes to political persuasion, one area many of us overlap is a belief that children, families and young people matter.
Premier Youth and Children’s Work Magazine have pulled together their Manifesto for Children and Young People in the face of this upcoming election.
Meanwhile the National Children’s Bureau have provided this summary of what the different manifestos offer Children.
And Children England have drawn together a range of charities working with Children across England to say what they think should be in a manifesto for children.
What do you think? What might you add? Or change?
You could consider sparking some conversations with the children, families and young people you work with around what’s important to them.
And whatever the result of the polls, political engagement doesn’t stop as the polls close. Why not think together about how you can continue to work together with the children, families and young people you minister to, to hold whatever government we end up with to account?
Here’s an article from Premier Youth and Childrenswork Magazine to help you think about how you could do just that.
University is no longer the automatic default option for young people. In a world of rising fees, economic and employment uncertainty, new apprenticeships and opportunities, you may well find you have growing numbers of young people who leave school, and stick around locally to work or train through work.
They’re too old for your youth group, but there may still be an age gap between them and the wider congregation. So what do we do?
Bishop Jonathan will once again be leading a pilgrimage to Taizé for young people aged between 18 and 29. In past years this week in Taizé has proved to be a life-changing event for many young people.
The cost will be no more than £160 (£185 for those over 24). This includes coach travel to/from Taizé (leaving from London), food and accommodation in Taizé .
To find out more see the Winchester Taizé website
or contact: Winchester.email@example.com
For a booking form click here: taize registration form