Youth

Several of the churches in Weymouth and Portland have full time youth workers but most churches have activities for teenagers and young adults - click here to find out some of the things going on....

Weymouth Baptist Church

What is GB?

GB is a great organisation that cares about girls and young women. It is run by Christian leaders who believe you are important to God, and that God has a lot to offer young people TODAY.
It doesn't mean we're old fashioned and boring; in fact, you might be surprised how much fun you can have and how much fun God wants you to have.

Where does GB happen?

GB is in over 60 countries around the world and in many towns in Britain. We meet in churches, schools and community centres. Some groups meet once a week and others run activities on other evening as well.

What does GB do?

Depending  on how old you are GB does different  things:  Days out, camps,  games,  worship,  drama,  dance, helping others, Duke of Edinburgh, singing and national events to name a few. Girls work for badges and also other activities.

Who is GB for?

Girls can start at 4 in some cases, but you can join at any age. We have a programme for girls aged 4-18 and then further training opportunities.

Is GB for me?

Only you can decide that! Why not give us a try? If you want the chance to do different things, be challenged, get involved in new things or simply have some fun with other people like you, then YES, GB is for you.


1st WEYMOUTH COMPANY
Meets on Mondays at Weymouth Baptist Church
(Opposite Alexandra Gardens)

Explorers        (4½ - 8 yrs)     6.00 - 7.15 pm

Juniors            (8 - 11 yrs)      6.00 - 8.00 pm

Seniors           (11 –14 yrs)    6.00 – 9.00 pm

Brigaders        (14 & over)      6.00 – 9.00 pm

Any queries – please contact the Captain, Mrs P Hardisty.

 

The PAIS project is a group of young people who come for a year from September, living in the community, and serving in the churches and schools in Weymouth and Portland.

 

Tuesdays 6.00pm - 7.30pm Term timeThe Prayerhouse, Newstead Road, Weymouth. DT4 8JE

For secondary school aged young people.

Alternate Tuesdays 7.30pm - 9.00pm Term timeThe Prayerhouse, Newstead Road, Weymouth, Dorset. DT4 8JE

For young people year 10 and upwards.

COMMUNITY KINDNESS

From early in 2014 some young people from Weymouth Baptist Church spent five days together serving the community, so   each day we focused on a different aspect of mission like, service, encouragement, and invitation.   One day we participated in a ministry called Healing on the Streets.  We offered to pray with people in the town center who felt they needed healing.  This was very challenging, as it was a new experience far outside the teens comfort zone.  On another day, we created huge painted cardboard cars and performed some dramas on the street.  Then we walked around town handing out cards with encouraging bible verses. Lots of people wanted to ask questions and talk to us about the cards. On another day, we visited a nursing home and talked to the elderly people living there, and helped decorate their lounge for Easter.  On the last day, we offered to wash people's cars. The people were so surprised and pleased to have their car washed and they couldn't believe it was for free!  The teens were really impacted by how such a simple act made people so happy.  They told Joe Hobday, the Youth leader that they wanted to do more activities like this on regular basis.  From this has sprung our "community kindness"  where once a month, teens from the church are invited to participate in an activity to benefit their town.  At the end of the week, on Sunday, one of the young people was baptized.  It was just amazing to see the young people participate with enthusiasm and to see God working in each of their lives. 

About Impact charity  Impact is a Christian youth work registered charity. It was founded in Christchurch in 2006 by Ruth Egan and Rev Mike Yates who are qualified and experienced youth workers. The aim of the project is to connect with the young people in the community who are finding life tough, and subsequently seeking escape in illegal activities and antisocial behaviour. 

The Need   Having worked in Dorset for a number of years, Impact recognises that there are young people in the area that are dealing with big issues. They can feel marginalised in communities with ageing populations. Affluent surroundings can mask poverty which can be heightened by family problems and breakdown. All of these things can provide an environment of low self-esteem and self-worth creating a degenerative cycle leading to alcohol and substance misuse, anti-social behaviour and gang culture.

Working in Partnership  Impact works closely with the Police, local authorities and NHS, as well as maintaining important relationships with Safer Neighbourhood Teams to operate on the front line with its youth and community projects. Impact is also the lead partner in MAYO (Multi-Agency Youth Outreach), and would not be able to do the work that it does without the support of professional services such as SHADOWS (Shire Alcohol and Drugs Outreach Workers Services) and the local churches within the community. Darren Dalton (Youth Work Leader) regularly attends the Anti-Social Behaviour, Pub Watch and Night time economy meetings to discuss issues that are arisen and forming a pattern

Weymouth Detached Youth Workers  There are a total of 8 detached youth workers (volunteers)  in Weymouth and their role is all about meeting the young people where they are, not expecting them to come to them. 

During Saturday nights in Weymouth the teams head out on the streets to engage with the young people in the communities as they socialise such as in the vicinity of licensed premises within the night time economies. Youth Workers try to be out between 7pm and 11pm.  Alcohol and drugs are often present which means that the Impact team have an important role in bringing an element of safety. This involves offering hot drinks, water and cakes to sober up the young people and providing first aid where necessary. The teams often have to step in to prevent or reduce harm to a young person, and at times diffuse hostile situations. The workers also help people to get home safe and reunite them with their friends. Impact work closely with the emergency services, door staff, police and local authorities, with the aim of making Weymouth a safer place to be.

The areas covered by the Weymouth team include the main town centre, the Marsh play fields, Westham cemeteries, Rodwell Trail, Littlemoor and hopefully Portland in the future. 

 

The Youth Workers seek to be a positive presence on the streets, available to offer support to vulnerable people, where appropriate and to deescalate potential trouble and generally to assist the police and other agencies. On average the team deal with between 50 – 60 young people a night and data is recorded for evidence of need. To date the team have deal with 1600 young people over a period of since the start of the project – an even split of males and females.

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