Category Archives: Youth

All Inclusive, Saturday 24th June, Landsdowne Church

all inclusiveAn essential seminar for all parents, teachers, church leaders, youth and children’s leaders, and anyone who cares about children and young people with special or additional needs.

This high-quality, interactive, enjoyable and challenging event will:

  • Explore some of the statistics and explode some of the myths surrounding working with kids with special or additional needs.
  • Look at some of the key strategies that you can use to make what you offer more inclusive.
  • Identify some of the amazing benefits that inclusion can bring to your whole group.
  • Highlight some further resources that you can use as you work though this with your teams.

The ALL INCLUSIVE? tour is hosted and presented by Mark Arnold, Chief Operating Officer at youth and children’s missionary movement Urban Saints (formerly known as Crusaders).

Mark has over 20 years of youth work experience and is the father of James, a boy with Autism.

For booking information click here

Supporting children and young people in a time of terror attacks

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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?

NSPCC – Supporting children worried about terrorism

Winston’s Wish – Responding to children affected by the media coverage of the incident in Westminster

BBC – How to talk to children about terrorist attacks

Election News

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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.

Current Funding for Youth Social Action Projects

Change Squad

UK Youth’s Change Squad programme inspires young people to give back to their local communities.  The programme provides 150 Change Squad teams with up to £400 of funding to enable them to start their social action journey. Through the programme, young people are empowered to create, develop and deliver inspiring projects that they believe address local issues – helping them to grow, learn and practice vital life skills and have a voice in their community.

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These social action ideas and projects take many shapes from turning junk into musical instruments and hosting local sports days to organising litter picks and facilitating language swaps. All Change Squad projects help support the development of young people while also providing dual benefits to the local community.

We want to inspire young people, who most likely haven’t been involved in social action before, to get involved and build a bright future together.

Change Squad is open now so why not sign up and join the social action movement today?

  • Help champion young people to reach out and make a difference to the lives of others.
  • To be eligible to be part of Change Squad, you must:
  • Be based in the South West, South East, London, North West, North East, West Midlands, and Yorkshire and Humber regions of the UK
  • Be either from a rural or disadvantaged area
  • Have two Squad Leads aged 12-20
  • Be able to recruit at least 10 other young people in their Change Squad

 

To inspire and upskill your squad complete our free, bite-sized training here. This will help young people come up with an idea, complete an application and deliver their project confidently.

In addition to the £400 funding for the social action project, youth workers can also claim £200 for their time facilitating and empowering Change Squad teams to develop their ideas and make projects happen.

Please note that we will be accepting applications until June 2017. All projects must be completed by 19th June 2017. All relevant documents for the project must be sent to us by 26th June to claim the unrestricted £200 funding.