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Launched in 2021 in response to a shared vision between Connect Network and Wearside Youth for Christ; 'to reach every child with the gospel'; the Youth Forum was set up to create a key opportunity for every Christian engaging with children and young people in Sunderland to be part of a shared strategy. 

 

The forum meets monthly to provide encouragement and support as well as creating a space to share ideas and resources. Check our events page for future dates, or, to make sure you don't miss it, you can sign up for regular updates here.

To give us a clear picture of the children's and youth work being delivered across Sunderland, we are conducting a youth work survey. Check out the 'youth work survey' link at the end of the page to take part.  

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"I thought the session was spot on. Simply, it brought people together to connect and hear what is going on amongst children’s and youth work in Sunderland which was really encouraging to hear and to pray into those things and the young people in Sunderland.

The harvest is plentiful yet the workers are few’. I see so much hunger to know more about Jesus in the schools I’ve been in."

 

Joe Winterschladen - attendee of Youth Forum

 

Training - Mental health 

During 2020/2021, training to support children and young people with their mental health became a major priority.  Over 100 adults and children from Churches and Schools across Sunderland attended the package of training; Mental Health First Aid for children and young people and WellKidz. The training is to equip Churches to support children and young people better as well as empowering young people to look after their own mental health and that of their peers. 

 

Keep a check on the  events page for future training dates!

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L-R: Andy Osenton (Director WYFC), Peter Wallace, Deb Fozzard (Sunderland Connect Network) & Rachel Wallace.

 Peter and Rachel head up the Youth Work Survey

If you are a Christian Children Youth Worker please click on the 'YOUTH WORK SURVEY' and complete the survey to help us map out the provision across the city. 

Thank you

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Far Left: Louise Gilgallon, Youth for Christ Primary Schools Worker