Working with young people in Devon – 2013 Inspire Awards
Anji Chant, Director of Spiritulized YFC in Kingsbridge, Devon, is “one of those rare people that not only talks about doing things for young people but also acts upon them”, according to Paul Leather who has nominated her for a 2013 Inspire Award ...
Anji Chant – nominated for Inspire Youth and Children’s Award
Anji Chant, Director of Spiritulized YFC in Kingsbridge, Devon, is “one of those rare people that not only talks about doing things for young people but also acts upon them”, according to Paul Leather who has nominated her for the award.
Her passion and vision are uniquely matched by her energy and enthusiasm, says Paul. “Although I’ve known Anji a relatively short time, I’ve seen her deal with some of the most difficult and challenging situations with young people and then practically offer them support by opening up the home she shares with her husband Phil.”
Described as reliable, faithful, visionary, focused, humble, kind, and fun, Anji has more than 25 years of experience in youth work, in both the United Kingdom and abroad. She has spent four years internationally in Kosova and Bosnia, as well as a year in Cyprus.
According to Paul, however, it is her “powerful gifting as a visionary and as leader” that truly sets her apart.
The Friday Night Project offers Kingsbridge teens a safe environment in which to gather, and The Spiritualized Bus gives the same opportunity to those in outlying villages. Both feats, as Paul says, are “a consequence of Anji’s faithfulness and sheer determination”.
Similarly, Anji’s efforts with The Work Club – a venue in which young people usually without employment and further education, can go for advice and support – has inspired a new idea. “She has a vision for a ‘Dream Centre’,” Paul explains. “A purpose-built space where training and counselling and all the other things that young people need are provided under one roof.”
Paul is quick to point out that Anji gives all the credit for her successes and endeavours to Christ, not seeking or feeling comfortable with recognition.
“She carried the Olympic torch down here in Devon, but her banner read ‘The Light of the World’,” Paul added. “She’ll be shy of the attention provided by an award because she just wants to get on with the job, what she feels Christ is calling her to do.”
Find out more about Anji’s ministries at:
Get more inspiring reading
Our print magazine for INSPIRE is currently on hold while we explore new funding options for a relaunch later this year. If you'd like to be kept up to date with developments, ready to order the new title once it's available, email email@example.com