We wanted to share a little update about the new lunch club we have launched in Bridgewater this January...
"Hot Choc & Chat" is somewhere students can come and grab a hot chocolate and have the chance to offload. Somewhere they can come and speak about what's on their mind, the things that are troubling them or just simply how they feel at the moment.
Our hope is through Hot Choc & Chat we can identify and get to know students who might need a bit more support. From here we can then invite them to take part in other resources and courses we will be delivering in the school in the future and have a bit more of a focused time with them looking at what might help them.
We are currently in Lower Site on a Tuesday and it is proving to be very popular! We have a max of 25 students and often hit that number. It's been a strong start in Lower Site and we're excited to be starting a Hot Choc & Chat on Upper Site on Thursdays soon - stay tuned!
Here at BYP we've had a bit of a freshen up with a new logo (seen to the left) and strap-line that reflects the new direction we are heading into as a project.
The new strap-line is:
"BYP is a Christian youth work charity that supports and signposts young people."
You might notice that rather than a drastic change it has been lengthened to include the new area of our work. We will still be signposting young people to other youth provisions and services but we will also be looking to support them in new ways. Focusing on the prevention of emotional and mental health support and provision we hope to help 'fill the gap' until young people can be seen by the highly qualified specialists they might need.
We are really excited for this new era of work for the project and hope you are too!
I'm Jen and I've just recently started working with BYP as their Schools and Community Worker. It's really exciting to come on board as the project expands it's focus to include more prevention and early work in regards to the mental and emotional well-being of young people - something I am really passionate about!
A little bit more about me...
I have been involved in youth work in some capacity for over 10 years. As an older teenager I got involved leading and helping with young(er) people in lots of different ways. whether that was leading performing arts camps, helping at church, volunteering with youth projects or internships. Perhaps surprisingly, I never wanted to turn it into a career, it was just something I did that came quite naturally. It wasn't until I turned 23 that I felt God clearly call me to pursue youth work and to take it further. From here I enrolled in Uni where I studied Youth Work and Theology and worked at a small Christian schools charity for my placement....
Starting this Tuesday BYP will be running a cafe during Appleton FC training. This will run Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights between the hours of 6pm and 8pm. Also, Saturday morning 9am to 10am. We will be aiming to improve the experience of parents while the children train in winter.
This will help provide sustainable funding for the project if successful as it looks ahead at finances going forward. Could we please ask that you pray over this expansion as we look to grow in partnership across the community.
This year, we have had a fantastic boost to our projects finances. We had been selected as their chosen charity. As a result, the Co-op Local Community Fund has fund raised £2,827.93 for BYP in the last year. This is something we would like to thank the Co-Op and God for. This money will help us develop and fund our work around emotional and mental health
this coming year.
Also, we would like to mention that we are now their FoodShare partner and benefit from regular food donations from them.
It is not overstating Russell’s influence on BYP to say that we would not be well established without his truly significant contribution.
Russell was a volunteer first and foremost. Before he was our Chairman, Russell was someone who gave up his time and effort so that young people (who he had never met at that point) could know they were loved and hear about Jesus.
Anyone who choses to regularly come outside on a Friday night, onto a leisure centre car park, in all conditions, to show their love for the young people of their community (regardless of whether that will be reciprocated) is a special kind of individual. Russell went beyond t...
Broomfields Youth project for the past few years have been associated with the burgundy colour. However, in 2018/19 we have decided to push for a more stand out colour. All our uniforms are now red (typically with some Adidas branding) and 'The Shack' will also undergo this change of colour to create a uniform brand image.