Find out more about the role and the church here.
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.
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.
Summer is a-coming!
Have you thought about how the young people in your church and parish could spend their summer?
For some young people and some groups a festival, like heading to Soul Survivor, is a great way to spend a week. For others, that’s not quite the right shape for them. So if you fall into that latter category, have you thought about a Ventures Camp?
We have a whole hoard of exciting Ventures Camps within reaching distance of the Diocese – find out about all of them here: https://www.ventures.org.uk/
Here’s three who we’ve spoken to/visited/caught up with, who are keen to welcome young people from your parish this summer.
Who: 14-18 year olds
Where: Hampshire Collegiate School, Romsey
When: 13 August 2017 – 21 August 2017
Bonus – for youth groups who are new to Ventures (or who haven’t been on a Ventures camp in 2 years) there’s £75pp off the cost this year
“Many of our members talk about how great it is meet people their own age who are either Christians or exploring faith – it becomes a real network of support all over the country, and it helps them to know that they are not alone! We have seen so many members grow in their faith and begin to really engage with who Jesus is and what He means to them in their day-to-day lives.” – Lucy, Romsey 5 Leader
Who: 13/14-18 year olds
Where: The Royal School, Haslemere
Week A – 31st July – 7th August 2017 (Ages: 13-18)
Week B – 8th – 16th August 2017 (Ages: 14-18)
Week C – 17th – 25th August 2017 (Ages: 14-18)
And a New Year Party and Easter Revision Camp are open to those who have attended in the summer!
Bonus! – Haslemere@Danehill – 23rd – 26th October 2017 (Ages: 10-13)
Check out their website for further information – and a promo film!
“I started out as a volunteer with them and have been involved about 4 years now. I cannot recommend them enough. They are ran by an amazing dedicated team of volunteers who are passionate about showing Gods love to young people” – Lauren, Haslemere Leader
Where: Manor Farm, Studland, near Swanage, Dorset, BH19 3AT
When: 29th July to 7th August
“We’d love to support more churches within Winchester diocese with a fun, faithful and affordable summer camp for individual young people or larger groups.” – Alex, one of the Camp’s leaders
Children’s/Youth Work Assistants
St Paul’s Church, Winchester SO22 5AB
Sunday mornings 9–11.30 am, plus 1 hour preparation time and occasional meetings
Children’s Assistant 1: To plan informal sessions for two groups of children aged 4–6 and 7–9 years and lead one of the groups.
Children’s Assistant 2: To plan informal sessions and lead a group of children aged 9–12 years.
Youth Assistant: To plan informal sessions and lead a group of young people aged 13–18 years.
All of the sessions will be on a Christian theme and appropriate to the group’s age. Each will include prayer, a Bible story, activity, game and discussion based on the ROOTS resources, which provide ideas for each Sunday.
Rate of pay: £7.50–£8.50 per hour, depending on experience.
- there is a Genuine Occupational Requirement for the post-holder to be a Christian’.
- aged 18+
- good at working in a team
- a good communicator
- able to be creative in engaging children/young people in the Christian faith.
(A Disclosure and Barring Service check will be done for the successful applicants.)
Please contact Mary Copping, Children and Youth Work Co-Ordinator,
07921 886016, email@example.com
We are an inclusive, welcoming and vibrant Anglican parish for all ages, situated in the heart of Winchester and committed to serving the community both locally and beyond. We want to be radical in demonstrating that the root of all we seek to be, and do, is found in the love of God.
During Thy Kingdom Come we will be offering the chance for you to join in evangelism in Winchester on Saturday 3rd June. There will be training opportunities available to prepare you – you only need to attend one of these to participate. These will take place at Christ Church Winchester (Christ Church, Christchurch Road, Winchester SO23 9SR) on the 11th and 31st May from 7.30pm to 9pm.
It’s open to Young People – why not bring your youth group!
The plan for the day is as follows:
|Session 1||Session 2||Details|
|9.30||1.30||Meet outside the West door of the Cathedral to pray and for a final briefing
|10.00||2.00||Go out in pairs to talk to people in and around the cathedral grounds|
|11.30||3.30||Gather together to share stories and to pray
For more information, or to book a place, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andy and Sarah are headed to the Old Alresford Place, 19th June 2-7pm, for an afternoon drop in sessions for all those working with Children, Families and Young people in the Alresford Deanery – or those who wish they were!
Come along with any of your questions, check out our resources stand, even bring your team for a bit of training (drop us an email if you’d like to book a specific training slot – email@example.com).
We’ll be there from 2pm until 7pm, so come before the school run or after work. We’d love to encourage and resource you!
It’s for… children and youth leaders, clergy, liscensed ministers, parents, volunteers, interested parties, PCC members, grandparents – you name it!
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?
- Find space for them – If these young people have been lucky enough to have youth dedicated activities in church through their teen years, suddenly dropping out the end of that can be hard. All of a sudden the space that was theirs, is now closed to them. Hopefully during that period they’ve been able to build relationships into the intergenerational church community as well. But it’s still a big change. Have a think about what spaces there are in your church that could welcome them in during this new phase of life. Is there a 20s and 30s group? Is there a friendly house group? Is there an area of church with a strong team which would welcome them in with open arms. Encourage congregation members to mindfully offer invitations and make space for them as new adults within the church community.
- Recognise their new challenges and opportunities – You’ve known Johnny since he was a hyperactive 12 year old, now he’s heading into work every day, getting a pay check, training on the job and interacting fully in the adult world. This means he’ll be seeing himself differently, he’ll be seeing you differently. We need to honour the growth happening for these young adults – no longer treating them as teenagers but rather as adults. This can be practically worked out by seeing if they can embrace a bit more responsibility in church, maybe helping them find a mentor in church with employment experience to guide them, looking for growth in their skills and giftings and offering opportunities for them to use this in church. Give them opportunities for genuine, meaningful participation in church life.
- You’ve been her youth leader for years, and now you’re not. But what are you? You’re not automatically friends. You’ve had years of appropriate boundaries and distance. How on earth does that work now? It’s going to be clunky for a while. If there’s other people who can start to invest in relationship with these young people while you take a small step back that can be helpful. Making space allows the relationship structures to weaken and then be reformed and reshaped in time. This might mean you have to actively look for other adults in the congregation to build relationship with these young adults, letting you slowly take some steps back. Where possible, make this a smooth transition – rather than suddenly ignoring them on a Sunday morning! And realise it might take a year or two for the relationship to reform into a new format. That’s OK. Hang in there.
- Don’t forget them – as a whole church, above all else, don’t let these young adults drop off your radar. Not seen them in a few weeks? Drop them a message, invite them to lunch, ask how they’re getting on. Keep the door open to them and keep the communication lines open. It’s easy for these young people to drop down a gap in the system at this stage – they’re no longer the primary responsibility of the youth leaders, but they may not be on the radar of key pastoral people at church. Don’t let them fall through a gap in the system – they’re part of the family!