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Sheffield: new project aims to double youth reach

Leading figures in Doncaster this week heard about a new initiative that aims to play an active and positive role in the lives of children and young people in the Sheffield diocese ...

Leading figures in Doncaster this week heard about a new initiative that aims to play an active and positive role in the lives of children and young people in the Sheffield diocese ...

The Centenary Project is an exciting, new initiative created by the Diocese of Sheffield to equip local churches to effectively engage, nurture and disciple a new generation of children, young people and families. The work of local churches currently engages just over 2,000 young people each year. By 2025 project anticipates it could reach an additional 4,000+.
 
It will do this by growing a network of Children’s and Families or Youth Workers in certain churches across the diocese. Areas of higher deprivation will be prioritised and further locations will be identified strategically, where an employed Project Worker could make a real and sustainable impact. There will be a strong focus on churches in Rotherham and Doncaster.
 
Representatives from the project were speaking at the Bishop of Doncaster’s quarterly business breakfast meeting on 28 January. The Project Leader, Helen Cockayne said:
 
“I believe that the Church is perfectly placed to offer this type of project – it already has a very active and engaging role in our region’s towns and cities; very often in the heart of communities. Through the lifetime of this project we really can make an impact and difference to the lives of children, young people and families.”
 
The business breakfast is an important date in the diary. It brings together faith, community, business and public sector leaders across Doncaster, to share initiatives, thoughts and ideas that improve the town. The Bishop of Doncaster, Peter Burrows, invites a guest to speak at each meeting.
 
Tim Elgar, Chief Executive of Emerge, a national youth charity, said: “As someone who has been involved with the youth sector for a long time, I have seen so many resources pulled for children and young people. I love the model of the Church of England, that it has churches in every community, it makes the coverage incredible. It means that any activities are based around the specific needs of children and young people in that community, increasing the chances of a positive impact being made.”

Find out more at www.centenaryproject.org.uk/

PHOTO: Helen Cockayne is pictured above with Tim Elgar

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