The 2018 Regional Youth Programme aims to:
- Create an opportunity for participants to be challenged, encouraged and inspired by meeting with other young people
- Introduce the breadth of mission through learning and participation
- Explore issues relating to mental health amongst young people
- Engage participants with the realities of migration and the asylum process
- Learn through engagement with local communities, churches, community groups etc.
- Introduce the young people to CWM and volunteering opportunities
- Give opportunities for personal, faith and leadership development
- Encourage participants to share their experiences on return to inspire and encourage others
The two major points of focus for the 2018 Regional Youth Programme are migration and asylum seeking, and mental health issues amongst young people.
The programme will engage with these two themes in two parts on different dates and in different locations.
“Beyond myself in exploring migration…” 27 July – 4 August 2018
‘Beyond myself in exploring migration’ is an opportunity for up to 15 young people (3 per member church) to explore the experiences of migrants and asylum seekers. The residential will be based in a shared communal accommodation in North Yorkshire Dales where there will be opportunities to develop a team spirit, explore migration and the Bible, and learn about CWM and mission.
The programme will include working alongside the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, who work with migrants and asylum seekers to provide opportunities in the North Yorkshire Dales. From 30 July – 1 August the group will be working with local farmers in hay bale making, nettle thrashing, dry stone walling etc. In addition, there will be opportunities to work with the Bradford Cities of Sanctuary in some practical projects supporting migrants and asylum seekers. In addition, there will be opportunities for participants to develop and share their own ideas about how to make their communities more hospitable and welcoming to others.
“Beyond myself in exploring mental health…” 12 – 14 October & 11 – 13 January 2019
‘Beyond myself in exploring mental health’ is an opportunity for up to 15 young people (3 per member church) to explore issues relating to mental health amongst young people, which is an increasing issue within the European context.
The programme will consist of two separate residential weekends.
The first weekend will focus on training and equipping participants and supporting them in developing skills to become peer supporters. The weekend will include advice on how to look after their own mental health, exploration of the Bible and personal wellbeing, understanding pressures young people experience, peer support, listening skills as well as signs and types of mental ill-health etc.
Space will be given to the participants to develop a proposal to take back to their communities (churches, youth clubs, colleges etc.) and deliver together.
The second weekend will be an opportunity for participants to share how their proposals went, what they learnt and how they will further develop their projects.
If you are interested in being a part of our Regional Youth Programme, please speak to someone at your member church.