“We are innovators"
"We are one Youthscape"
“Our local and national work is synchronised”
"Working with Churches is a priority"
The SchoolsworkUK team recently headed to Soul Survivor Week A, a christian youth festival, to run a Youthscape stand in the resource centre. It was a brilliant week, and we got to meet a bunch of phenomenal youth workers and schools workers.
After having talked to dozens of people, I started working out a bit of a script to introduce myself and the stand. One of the first questions I would ask was
“Have you heard of Youthscape before?”
The answer 9 times out of 10 was no. So I would continue...
“Have you heard of Romance Academy, SelfharmUK or SchoolsworkUK?"
The answer 9 times out of 10 was “ohhh! Yeah I’ve heard of [insert project]. I didn’t realise that was part of Youthscape!"
Most of our national projects operate separately; SchoolsworkUK for example has this website, its own Twitter and Facebook accounts, and its own set of resources. I love what SchoolsworkUK do and think it is of incredible importance, but I also love the wider work that Youthscape is doing.
At Soul Survivor Week A, I got the opportunity to talk to youth workers about all the ways we can support them as they work with young people on mental health, sex and relationships, exploring faith and of course schools work.
In these conversations I realised the breadth of youth work going on in the UK, the struggles and triumphs youth workers experienced, the things that matter to the young people and the issues youth workers were passionate about. There is so much going on in youth work and to be able to listen to these youth workers and offer some resources that might be helpful, was a real privilege.
At Youthscape we are endeavouring to spot the needs and issues within youth work, think creatively about how to engage with it, and create resources that really work.
The reason I have written this post is that maybe you are one of the people who hasn’t heard of Youthscape. I would love to encourage you to check out the Youthscape website, explore our other projects, and the resources we have created. Maybe we have created something that might help you as you work with young people in or out of schools. If you have any questions or feedback please email us or leave them in a comment below, we would really love to hear from you.
INNOVATIVE YOUTH WORK
BORN IN LUTON DELIVERED EVERYWHERE
We are Christians who are passionate about seeing positive transformation in the lives of all young people regardless of their background or beliefs. We develop innovative and proven ways to address the key contemporary issues they face; speci cally those involving their social, emotional and spiritual health.
At the heart of our work is our pioneering Luton hub, where we engage young people in schools, churches and the community. We are continually developing new approaches and re ning established ones, because a rapidly changing culture demands innovative thinking and practice.
We then share what works nationally through our training, consultancy and resources - and
inspire and equip churches to transform the lives of young people in their communities.