New Christian Youth Network with a Vision for Safe Spaces

May 31st, 2019

Safe Spaces for Young People is a developing network of churches and Christian led projects in Birmingham with a vision to help young people feel welcome and be able to build positive relationships.

A partnership between Thrive Together Birmingham and Worth Unlimited, the concept came out of gatherings of local youth workers wanting to resource & increase the youth provision across the city. Each church or project commits to provide a safe space for young people to gather at the same time every week, running on principles similar to those of Places of Welcome, now a national network but which also began in Birmingham.

Steve Hirst, the Safe Spaces Development Worker, outlines the vision for the network:

“We believe that every neighbourhood should have a welcoming space where young people feel safe to connect, participate and build positive relationships. Each Safe Space will be different depending on the context in which it is located & the people running it. These spaces can be buildings, parks, sports clubs, multi-use games areas (MUGA’s). The network is held together by core values & principles to which the host will sign up.  Each Safe Space will have a Coordinator acting as a point of contact, connecting with other local Safe Spaces and being part of the network of Safe Spaces.”

  • Do you have an existing drop-in style activity for young people and would be interested in joining the Safe Spaces network?
  • Do you have a community building and/or volunteers and would be interested in setting up a new Safe Space?
  • Are you part of an organisation who may value youth work training for workers/volunteers? Do you have links to people who might value connecting with a Safe Space?

To find out more see the Safe Spaces website or email info@safespaces.org.uk.

Their first e-newsletter is also now available to download.

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