This weekend, I once again took a trip down the coast to Eastbourne for Youthwork The Conference. As usual, the event was really well organised and I thoroughly enjoyed catching up and connecting with other youth workers.
As part of the conference, on Sunday morning a hosted a one-hour session titled ‘Replacing The Youth Service’. For clarity, the premise was on engaging and encouraging churches (and other orgs) to step in where statutory youth provision has been cut – not to undermine or take-over the existing local authority youth services. To that end, I gave a bit of context to the national situation before explaining the journey we’ve been on locally in re-opening a youth centre alongside Rustington Parish Council, and starting a drop-in with Littlehampton Town Council. We then looked at some of the opportunities and barriers in doing this kind of work. I rather enjoyed myself and want to thank everyone who kindly sat through my ramblings.
For your amusement, I’ve embedded the basic powerpoint below. I’d love to hear your thoughts!