A healthy group of youth workers from across our diocese gathered at Newman House on 16 April for our second training day; this time focussing on Safeguarding, Prayer, Session Development and Practicals.
The opening session covered the very important subject of Safeguarding. The group welcomed Colette Limbrick, the Director of CSAS (the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service) and together we explored the many aspects of Safeguarding encountered regularly in a youth group setting. Time was spent thinking about external trips for young people and the very current challenge of how you can safely manage the social media world. Colette brought her considerable experience to the fore and walked us through some of the common sense and practical measures that could be used to eliminate risk whilst retaining the joy of supporting young people.
Callum walked the group through an inspiring and thoughtful session on Prayer and, in particular, how this very important aspect of our lives can be woven sensitively and successfully into a youth group. Callum walked us through some very practical, real time examples and everyone found this time fulfilling and valuable.
Finally, Rebekah brought her experiences of youth group session development and flow, and provided some step by step ideas on how to capture the hearts and minds of our young people and especially how to retain their energy and interest!
We had three breaks during the day and these were ideal opportunities to chat together about the ebbs and flows of our work and it was great to hear about the growing successes throughout the diocese.
All in all I reflect that this new initiative has been quite successful and we must now think on how we can develop the programme further.