There are lots of friendly and useful organisations out there who can be very helpful in growing your youth group or starting up new provision.
Here are some links for starters, we will keep on adding to these as we come across potential partners who could be helpful to you. Please let us know of others who you may have had useful contact with.
Northamptonshire Association of Youth Clubs a local, Christian based group who resource youth work (in churches and in secular settings). They offer affiliation for an annual subscription which gives you access to outside youth workers and specialists to help with sessions, training opportunities, networks, access to their sports and activity centre in Northampton and also the chance to apply for funding through various grants.
Urban Saints an ecumenical youth resource, tagline “Helping young people live lives of faith, hope & love through Jesus Christ since 1906” (used to be known as Crusaders). Churches can use their online subscription model Energize resources (amongst other resources available), or set up affiliated groups, send young people to their camps, holidays, overseas missions or events – such as Spree, at the Frontier Centre Irthlingborough 3rd-5th July 2015.
Youth for Christ is similarly an ecumenical youth resource but different in key ways. It is very much an international group, with the express aim of reaching young people everywhere with the Gospel of Christ. It too has online resources with the tagline “To equip and inspire every church to reach every young person”. Some of these are subscription model, but there’s some great free stuff including Ethos discussion starter short videos on a variety of issues. There’s also the opportunity to create local groups under their umbrella eg Rock Solid groups, and they also have a network of “centres” around the country, where two or more churches work together to reach local young people.
Scripture Union are also an ecumenical resource, with camps, beach missions and holiday clubs around the country. They have area workers to support and resource you locally. They have tried and tested resources for children’s and youth Bible sessions and Light Live is now online and free to use.
If you want to create a prayer space in your venue, or want ideas for prayer “stations” Prayer Spaces in Schools is useful and definitely not just for schools!
The Walsingham Youth Pilgrimage is a wonderful international gathering of young people, this year Monday 27th – Friday 31st July
Greenbelt is another annual Christian festival, with an arts focus, but with specific youth provision and also training, networking and resources for leaders. Now based in the heart of our Diocese at Boughton House near Kettering.
The Resource is a website, with ideas, publications and reviews of youth work materials as well as a source of bespoke training and support. Run by Ali Campbell, previously a Diocesan Youth Advisor and who has worked for many big Christian Youth organisations.
Hope UK are based partly in Peterborough and are working closely with the Diocese to deliver Youth Evangelism events, leading up to Hope 18. Enthusiastically headed up by Phil Timson!