How Do We Do It?
- Holistically; encompassing Mind, Body and Spirit.
Look at the individual as a whole. Though they may look happy on the outside what is really going on inside? Pressure from peers, parents etc,
- Engage individuals in relative themes e.g. music and sports.
We have seen our youth programmes grow by engaging people in to areas they enjoy such as music, sports, dance and arts. Then this gives us the opportunity to listen, help where help is needed and to allow discussion of spirituality.
- Staff upholding the Christian ethos and being supportive.
This differentiates us from other youth programmes, the Christian ethos being a driving force to provide new opportunities for those that would not normally access our programmes.
- Inspiration from the young people.
Listen to what they want and be lead by their voice (within reason). Gig nights, late night café’s.
- Guidance from God.
- Healing of the Mind, Body and Spirit
Soothing anger, helping ease loss, losing loneliness and maintaining a healthy living.
- Confidence building
Getting involved in new activities, meeting new people, taking on responsibilities and all this applies to the volunteers as well.
- New friendships
Community projects open out new opportunities to meet the neighbour or a new school pupil.
- Enhanced life skills
Leadership skills, being independent,
- Employment opportunities
- Openness to explore
Talking to staff about God and spirituality, opportunity to pray
- Removing barriers
Being able to run programmes for individuals that are inclusive and near to them.
How To Make A Change
What is missing, what is already being run, demographics
- Listen to needs
Run activities that people want
- Ask others
Get guidance from those already running similar projects and get feedback
Engage with new partners, police, local authority, YMCA
Plenty of funding opportunities available or fundraise
- Staff and volunteers
Selecting the right staff wit the same vision. Almost ‘sticky types’
- Review, monitor and evaluate
Check progress, ask individuals what they think, what can be improved, added or changed