Mark (@sparticus) brought this to my attention on his blog. It’s a new set of awards for Christian youth work run by the ‘We Love Our Youthworker‘ charter, Youthwork Magazine and The Archbishop of York Youth Trust. From the website:
The Christian Youth Work Awards are all about appreciating and celebrating the incredible work done with young people in churches and through Christian organisations up and down the UK. Thousands of youth workers, paid and volunteers, run clubs, Bible studies and groups every week. They spend hours talking and listening to young people, just hanging out. They don’t just give their time, they give themselves…
[We] know how important it is to encourage each other in the Body of Christ, and that’s why these Awards exist. By highlighting just a few of those doing youth work, we hope we’ll inspire and encourage us all.
As a worker, I confess that I am slightly cringing at the concept. I’m not sure if it’s the fact the awards are focused on the Christian sub-culture (there’s no national awards for non-faith youth workers), or simply that it’s an award for youth work full stop. Having said that, I would love to nominate and thank a huge number of (mainly volunteer) youth workers who have impacted and inspired me. Recognising the effort these workers invest into young people is a significant thing, so maybe these awards are well justified!
The various categories for the awards are:
- Youth worker of the year
- Volunteer of the year
- Best youth work employer
- Best innovative youth work, and
- Best youth work resource
Anyone can nominate towards the awards and the closing date is 1st June. It will be interesting to see what happens. Go nominate here.