We employ a Children’s and Youth Development Worker through our partnership Mission Initiative Newcastle East (MINE).
Our Youth Worker, David, helps the Churches in the East End of Newcastle to create safe spaces for children and young people to flourish and explore faith. He coordinates and develops activities such as drop-in youth clubs, detached youth work, holiday clubs and evangelistic events. He challenges and enables our Churches to welcome and include children and young people, give them a voice and encourage them in leadership skills.
Youth Café is a weekly drop-in based in Raby Cross in Byker. Young people can come and play games, do crafts and have a snack. The Café has been going for over 5 years and is a popular hub for young people to hang out in.
Youth Café Extra (YCX) began in 2016 as a way for secondary school aged young people to have their own space.
Youth Café runs from 6:00-7:00pm, followed by YCX from 7:30-9:00pm.
Detached Youth Work
In 2015 we began detached youth work in the Byker Wall area. Teams go out in the evenings to get alongside and chat to young people on the streets where they are. This is a way of engaging and getting to know sometimes hard to reach and vulnerable young people.
Working with the police, the Detached teams also serve as points of contact and advice.
For the past two years we have run a trainee scheme for young people from Byker, Walker or similar areas, who want to grow in their discipleship and in their gifts, skills and experience of youth and community work in a Church setting. Trainees volunteer across the churches of MINE, as well as placements with other youth and community groups in the area.
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