Important - Supporting Youth Workers During the Coronovirus Outbreak
Across the Diocese Youth and Children's Ministry has been suspended in order to keep our volunteers, children, young people and families safe during the outbreak. This means that we are all experiencing a time of learning how to do less and how to do things differently. As a Youth Advisory Team we are here for you during this time.
Below you will find a specific (and regularly updated) list of things we're offering during this time however we recognise this isn't an exhaustive list and we're very much learning as we go so please suggest things!
Our Contact Details
Dot Salmon - Colchester Area Youth Adviser - email@example.com - 07972 301305
Emma Anderton - Barking Area Children's and Families Missioner - firstname.lastname@example.org - 07903 831965
Mark Tiddy - Bradwell Area Youth Adviser - email@example.com - 07845 349542
As with all the ministry we do with young people safeguarding needs to come first. The national church's safeguarding team have issued some guidelines you can find here.
Regular Online Meetings
Throughout this time we will be holding a weekly 'check in'. This will be a Zoom meeting where we can share how things are going (both personally and in our ministry) and pray for each other.
These are weekly events and are always on Thursday's at 1pm - https://bit.ly/ylcheckin
One to One Support
We will be making an effort to regularly touch base with as many of you as possible during this time.
Coaching is described by 3D Coaching as 'a conversation that is supportive and challenging, in which someone feels heard and knows things that at the end they did not know at the beginning that will make a tangible difference to what they do or feel or think'. A coaching conversation isn't about offering you advice but about giving you space to think with an emphasis on the coach 'drawing out' rather than 'putting in'. This quieter time of self-isolation is a great opportunity to take some time for you. All 3 Youth Adviser's have been trained as coaches and would love to meet with you either by video or phone to sit with you whilst you think. We have previously done video coaching and have found it to be really effective. Drop us an email to arrange a session...which might lead to 2 or more if you find it useful!
As more diocese and organisations release resources we are collating a list of these on a Google Document here. Feel free to add any you've found too! (Please note: this is a collation of resources you should assess for yourself in line with your context and policies of safeguarding and good practice)
New: Listen: A Prayer Guide for Listening to Young People
We are incredibly excited to launch 'Listen' a short video and accompanying prayer guide to help you reflect on listening to young people. You can download a digital version of the prayer guide here and watch the video below. It is also included within the October - November edition of We Pray and the Youth Advisory Team have some physical copies. To obtain one contact the relevant youth adviser below.
Each Episcopal area across the Diocese has its own Youth Adviser. Our Youth Advisory team are there to help you in your ministry to young people and would love to hear from you
Dot Salmon: Youth Adviser for Bradwell Colchester Area
Dot covers the North of the Diocese which includes Colchester, Witham, Braintree, Harwich, Dunmow & Stansted, Hinkford, Saffron Walden and St Osyth.
Dot is passionate about supporting the churches and organisations in the area with all things related to youth work and ministry. She is a source of support and advice for recruiting youth workers, running training and developing best practice, she is available as a mentor, and can support in developing and reviewing youth work strategy. Dot is keen to visit, pray for and encourage churches, projects and provisions in the area so please do contact her, whether it’s to ask for advice and support or even just to share good news!
Mark Tiddy: Youth Adviser for Bradwell Episcopal Area
Mark covers the South East of the Diocese which includes Chelmsford, Southend, the Dengie Peninsula, Basildon, Thurrock, Brentwood and everywhere in between.
Mark loves meeting with churches, organisations and youth workers to support and encourage them.
Mark is also available as a resource for churches whether that’s having him along to their youth group as a one-off, helping them listen to young people in their congregation, develop new ideas or to explore relevant training for working with young people within their parish.
Vacant: Youth Adviser for Barking Episcopal Area
The post of the Barking Area Youth Advser is currently vacant. For enquiries in the Barking Area please contact Emma Anderton. Emma is the Children's Missioner for the Barking area and can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The barking area covers the south west of the Diocese: Barking, Dagenham, Havering, West Ham, Newham, Redbridge, Waltham Forest, Epping Forest, Harlow, and Ongar.
Asheldham Centre in Southminster is a unique 14th century church converted for use as a self-catering residential centre.
For more information visit www.asheldhamcentre.co.uk
Fellowship Afloat are a charity offering outdoor adventure activities and residential trips on their lightship in Tollesbury.
For more information visit https://www.fact.org.uk/
- Smart Guides - how to resource and equip your youth work.
- St Mark's College - our residential youth and conference venue