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Brings together resources, research and useful resources from their store on topics including self-harm, schools work, romance academy.

Think U Know

Is the educational arm of CEOP (the Child Exploitation Online Protection) agency. Providing useful advice, videos etc., to help children, young people, workers and parents and carers navigate the world of technology and social media.


Are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online? Make a report to one of CEOP's Child Protection Advisors

Young Minds

YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity championing the wellbeing and mental health of young people.

Schools Work

In its broadest, schoolsworkUK is about every Christian who works in and visits schools across the UK, passionate about making a difference in the lives of children and young people.

Transforming Lives for Good (TLG)

TLG exists because we believe that every child deserves to be loved, feel safe and have an education. Every day, there are children across the UK that are facing difficult circumstances in their lives or tragic situations such as bereavement, family breakdown, poverty or being in the care system. We are passionate about bringing a hope and a future to children and families with our partner churches across the UK. We intervene at the crossroads to bring support, care and education to make sure that children have a hope for the future and that their life is not over before it’s even started. This may be through a volunteer offering one to one help to act as a mentor, right through to intensive support of young people and their families that have been excluded from school.

Kick London

Kick London works with thousands of young people every week to make a positive difference to their lives through sport. We use sport as a tool to engage with young people, enabling them to develop self-esteem, social responsibility, and life skills. These include the concepts of teamwork, leadership, self-control, making good choices, developing aspirations and respect. The young people Kick works with are aged 4 – 18, many of whom are at risk of being excluded from school, vulnerable to criminality or gang culture, or are from communities that experience high levels of social deprivation and need.

Make Lunch

Free school meals make a huge difference to 1.2 million children in the UK but when schools are closed so are the kitchens... MakeLunch is a network of churches working to fill the holiday hunger gap.

Special Needs Booklet

A collection of help sheets designed to help those working with children or young people with additional needs, produced by the Girl’s Brigade.

Developing Young Leaders (13 Week Discipleship Programme)

This 13 part resource can be used to train and disciple young leaders, equipping them for leadership in all areas of their lives. Young leadership is just as much about discipleship as it is about leadership. As such there are no ‘quick fix’ solutions to developing young leaders. Youth Leadership is not just a training course you do with young people, it is a way of doing youth ministry, and training is just one element, one tool in the toolbox. This resource is a ‘tool’ to be used in conjunction with an overall strategy within your church/organisation to develop young leaders.


Hiring a Worker 'How To' Guide

This document has been put together to aid churches as they seek God’s will in hiring a worker. For the purposes of this document by worker I mean, any lay employee, including youth worker, children’s worker or family worker.


Growing Young

This resource document is based on the book Growing Young: 6 Essential Strategies to help young people discover and love your Church produced by the Fuller Youth Institute based on ground-breaking research with over 250 of America’s leading congregations. Although the book is based on research undertaken in the USA, I believe there are a lot of lessons that the Methodist Church can learn and put into practice here in the UK.

Growing Young provides a strategy that any church can use to involve and retain teenagers and young adults. It profiles innovative churches that are engaging 15-29 year olds and as a result are growing spiritually, emotionally, missionally and numerically.

The hope of this resource document is to translate that learning and strategy into learning and strategies that the Methodist Church can use to engage with 15-29 year olds and as a result is grow spiritually, emotionally, missionally and numerically.

Full of practical ideas as well as research, Growing Young shows leaders of the church how to position their churches to engage younger generations in a way that breathes vitality, life and energy into the whole church.

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