Having moved back into our permanent home at OneSpace we are being joined by a number of new volunteers on the team and are now running a number of exciting new projects and groups (more detail of these below)
We have three new members joining the team this year: Wesley, who is doing his first year as a student in Christian Youth Ministires: he will be helping out with the Banx project; with Saints Cafe; and Thursday football as well as working with the Parish of East Greenwich and exploring opportunities to start a youth cafe in that area Barney, who is a local gap year volunteer, he will be helping us with BanX, Explosion and Thursday football, he is a member of St Michaels Church and will also be helping them with their youth work Jess, has come all the way from California through national YFC to volunteer with us for a year. She will be working with Lauren on delivering the girls programme that runs alongside many of our other projects and going into Trinity with Joe to deliver one to one mentoring. We also have Michael from Plumstead Salvation Army joining the team as a sessional worker, he will mainly be running the youth cafe in Plumstead, but may help on other projects in the future. We are really excited to have all these new members to the team and you can read a little more about the projects that they are going to be involved with below. However, whilst we have been able to grow some areas of the organisation, due to the present funding situation at Greenwich Youth for Christ we have recently had to take some tough decisions too. There is a need for us to focus our resources on continuing to deliver direct high quality Youth work. We are, therefore, making the administrators post redundant and our administrator, Pam will be leaving the team at the end of October. We are sad to see Pam go; she has been a dedicated member of the team for the last five years and supported all the staff and volunteers administratively and emotionally throughout this time. We wish her all the best for her future endeavours and will continue to pray for her.
BanX Working in partnership with OneSpace we are delivering a Tuesday night youth cafe for the skaters and BMX’s who like to use OneSpace as a place to hang out. We hope that this will be a time for us to get to know them better; offering them support and guidance and link them with the apprenticeship opportunities we know about.
Explosion We are partnering with Plumstead Salvation Army to help them deliver their youth cafe in the white heart area of Plumstead. Jess and Barney will be joining their team every Wednesday evening to build relationships with and offer guidance to the young people attending this group
Girls Many of the girls from Girlz Thyme have now gone off to university so Lauren, with Jess now joining her, will be working with a new group of girls, many of whom made initial contact through the Romance Academy course we ran at Thomas Tallis last year and others who have linked in through the open access youth groups that we run. This is an opportunity for the girls to get together, receive the specific support they need and grow in confidence and self esteem as together they work through the challenges of being a teenage girl in south east London.
Weekly with GYFC
Monday: VIP Family Support – we deliver parenting courses and one to one support, mainly on Mondays but also throughout the week firstname.lastname@example.org Tuesday: BanX (6-8pm) – this is an open access youth group for skaters, scooters and BMX riders in partnership with OneSpace email@example.com Girls – Lauren and Jess spend time with the girls offering support and friendship during the BanX session and throughout the week firstname.lastname@example.org Wednesday: Trinity – Joe and Jess deliver one to one mentoring at Trinity Secondary school email@example.com RGUTC – Cathy delivers confidential counselling at the Royal Greenwich University Technical College Rebecca@greenwichyfc.org.uk Explosion (6:30 – 8:30pm)– we are partnering with Plumstead Salvation Army to deliver an open access youth group in the white heart area of Plumstead Rebecca@greenwichyfc.org.uk Thursday: Tallis – Joe and Lauren deliver some mentoring support at Thomas Tallis school firstname.lastname@example.org Football (4-5pm) – for anyone who wants to come along, hang out with their mates and play football email@example.com Girls – Lauren and Jess spend time with the girls offering support and friendship during the football session firstname.lastname@example.org Friday: Saints Cafe (6:30 – 9pm) – we partner with St Michaels Church to help them in delivering their open access youth cafe email@example.com
GYFC Fire Walk – 30/10/14 @ 6:30pm The Shortest Sponsored walk you’ll ever support! Members of the team along with trustees and other supporters will be walking on hot coals to raise funds for the amazing work of Greenwich Youth for Christ Greenwich Youth for Christ have a major impact on the lives of those they work with – can you put your heart and the ‘soles’ of your feet into raising some funds for the amazing work that it does? Want to get involved? You can: • take part, • come, watch and support us on the day or • sponsor those of us brave enough to take part. Any donation will make a massive difference to the work GYFC do Greenwich Youth for Christ do amazing work ensuring that all the young people they work with know that they are valued, loved and important. You can help them meet with people who are most in need of support and have a positive impact on their lives, building relationships with them, providing good role models and not giving up on them when others do. The team are willing to stand up and walk on hot coals to help these young people out – are you?