Young people

Neil HookThe mission of the Bishop’s Officer for Youth (BOY) and other Youthwork volunteers in the Diocese is to help young people learn about their faith, themselves, others and the church through activities that combine enjoyment, challenge, learning and achievement. It concentrates on outreach that starts in places and at times when young people themselves are ready to engage and learn.

Our youth work happens in churches, schools and colleges, church halls, houses and on the streets – wherever young people gather. As a Diocese we endeavour to offer support for individuals, work with parishes and run larger scale Diocesan-wide activities and programs.

Our priority is to offer young people safe spaces to explore their identity, experience decision-making, increase their confidence, develop inter-personal skills and think through the consequences of their actions. This leads to better informed choices, changes in activity, improved outcomes for young people and a deepening faith.

A regular e-newsletter ‘Xuberant’ is circulated amongst youth workers and volunteers throughout the diocese (including clergy), regular training events are offered (mostly with our partners: Urban Saints), resources are distributed and special events are delivered.

Major Yearly events include:

  • X.Alt Worship Events Across the Diocese
  • An Overnight Easter Vigil,
  • A Beach BBQ
  • A Six Day Residential Camp
  • An Annual 18-25 Trip to Greenbelt

… but the most important aspect of our efforts are the hundreds of hours of Youthwork delivered in parishes across the Diocese by many volunteers.

If you would like more information or support then please contact the Bishops Officer for Youth:

Neil Hook
Twitter: @SBYoungPeople