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REPLACING THE YOUTH SERVICE       Jon Jolly (@bobweasel)
A TREE DYING FROM INSIDE• In 2009 Tony Jeffs  predicted the demise of  statutory youth services.• An obsession with  targe...
A TREE DYING FROM INSIDE• He was right. Youth  services took the brunt of  budget cuts. Those left  have a narrow focus on...
WHY IS THIS A CHURCH ISSUE?              • Over £200 million cuts to                youth services              • 1 millio...
GIDEON: A USEFUL NARRATIVE             Overlooked             • Gideon was the least               of his family in the   ...
GIDEON: A USEFUL NARRATIVE             Under-resourced             • Although Gideon               mustered a large       ...
GIDEON: A USEFUL NARRATIVE             Creative             • Despite just a small               army, some trumpets      ...
OUR JOURNEY  Some of our experiences of developing     youth provision alongside local      councils and other partners.
DEFINING OUR WORK                             FAITH: to explore Christianity, allowing                             childre...
DEFINING OUR WORK                             Explaining what we aim                             do in clear and direct   ...
A SURPRISING PARTNERSHIP
RUSTINGTON YOUTH CENTRE
SOUTHFIELDS YOUTH DROP-IN
THE BIGGER PICTURE   There are other great examples of    churches developing local youth   services. What are the trends ...
OPPORTUNITIES• To develop creative, positive activities &  relationships with young people.• To build useful, strategic lo...
BARRIERS• Mistrust & misunderstanding from partners.  Having a clarity of purpose is key.• Lack of evidence. We must get b...
KEY QUESTIONSThings to answer before doing anything!•   What is already happening? Is there a need?•   What is your purpos...
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Replacing the youth service

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Notes from a seminar I gave at Youthwork The Conference in Eastbourne on 25th November 2012.
The purpose is to challenge the Christian church to engage in developing creative youth services in the wake of the statutory youth sector cuts.

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Replacing the youth service

  1. 1. REPLACING THE YOUTH SERVICE Jon Jolly (@bobweasel)
  2. 2. A TREE DYING FROM INSIDE• In 2009 Tony Jeffs predicted the demise of statutory youth services.• An obsession with targets & outcomes, a focus on individuals over group interactions, and a shift to case work was sounding the death knell.
  3. 3. A TREE DYING FROM INSIDE• He was right. Youth services took the brunt of budget cuts. Those left have a narrow focus on ‘targeted’ young people.• Tony’s hope was that voluntary agencies would again have space to flourish locally.
  4. 4. WHY IS THIS A CHURCH ISSUE? • Over £200 million cuts to youth services • 1 million young people unemployed http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/interactive/2011/nov/16/youth- unemployment-map • 1 in 6 are NEET http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-19342998 • Where do they go for help now?
  5. 5. GIDEON: A USEFUL NARRATIVE Overlooked • Gideon was the least of his family in the least tribe of Israel. • Churches are often not taken seriously as youth work providers.
  6. 6. GIDEON: A USEFUL NARRATIVE Under-resourced • Although Gideon mustered a large army, God shrank it to 300. • Most churches have limited budgets and few staff.
  7. 7. GIDEON: A USEFUL NARRATIVE Creative • Despite just a small army, some trumpets and torches, Gideon defeated the Midianites. • Churches have the freedom & flexibility to be creative.
  8. 8. OUR JOURNEY Some of our experiences of developing youth provision alongside local councils and other partners.
  9. 9. DEFINING OUR WORK FAITH: to explore Christianity, allowing children and young people to discover a relationship with Jesus Christ FAITH and develop a deeper confidence in owning and sharing their faith. COMMUNITY: to provide positive social and learning opportunities for all children and young people within the wider community, regardless of faith.COMMUNITY SCHOOL SCHOOL: to support schools in providing creative lessons, assemblies and activities that enhance formal learning for students, particularly around faith and spirituality.
  10. 10. DEFINING OUR WORK Explaining what we aim do in clear and direct FAITH language has helped our partners understand our motivation and have confidence in our work.COMMUNITY SCHOOL This has lead to us re- opening closed youth centres, and starting a new drop-in.
  11. 11. A SURPRISING PARTNERSHIP
  12. 12. RUSTINGTON YOUTH CENTRE
  13. 13. SOUTHFIELDS YOUTH DROP-IN
  14. 14. THE BIGGER PICTURE There are other great examples of churches developing local youth services. What are the trends and lessons learned?
  15. 15. OPPORTUNITIES• To develop creative, positive activities & relationships with young people.• To build useful, strategic local partnerships.• To re-establish ourselves as valuable services for the community.• …to do all this without ‘jumping through hoops’ of targets & outcomes that have dominated youth provision for the last decade.
  16. 16. BARRIERS• Mistrust & misunderstanding from partners. Having a clarity of purpose is key.• Lack of evidence. We must get better at proving what we do is important.• Funding & sustaining the work. Grants are harder to come by so can churches support themselves directly?
  17. 17. KEY QUESTIONSThings to answer before doing anything!• What is already happening? Is there a need?• What is your purpose? Does this fit?• Is there a willingness to do it?• What are your resources?• Who are your partners?

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