Young People are key members of our churches and our local communities.

Their energies, opinions and their commitment to serve is an invaluable resource that many churches in our diocese are fortunate to enjoy. 

Lots of churches are looking for new ways to engage with young people in their community and the Board of Education is here to provide help, training and advice.



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101 Fun ideas for working with Young People – An excellent download resource from Bath & Wells: 101 fun ideas for working with young people

Dare2engage is a network of teachers and practitioners in 16-19 education who share a common aim to develop new  and innovative resources for RE and spiritual development. They have an excellent website with lots of ideas and resources.   

42 – Urban Saints   A 42-day devotional from Urban Saints to encourage a deeper relationship with God, great for those at the start of their journey with Christ, or those who would like some time of refreshment:  42 – Urban Saints

Mimic – Urban Saints   Do you want to learn to live like Jesus? Do you want to be a world changer? This is a great FREE discipleship course from Urban Saints, encouraging our young people to become who God wants them to be. Mimic

Light is Scripture Union’s range of resources to help you run fun, flexible and exciting Bible-based sessions for children and young people. Perfect for Sunday School and Junior Church settings, Light equips you with all you need to teach and disciple your groups in a way that works for you.   What is Light?

Light-Live As well as print resources Scripture Union has tons of FREE downloadable items- all you need to do is register and Log-In. Live-Life

The Collective   A new free Christian worship album which is absolutely fantastic. Worth the download.   The Collective

In need of some faith stretch and challenge? Keen to take your disciple-making to the next level?  Then download the FREE Live Life 1-2-3 app to get ‘tooled up’ with some practical disciple-making training and devotionals. Great for you and for teenagers or adults you want to encourage in faith. Live Life 1-2-3

Youth Group Games App – The Best Free Resource Ever?
Know when you’re desperately looking for a last minute game for your youth group, and your brain has shut down… Well, the Diocese of Drown and Dromore in Ireland, has produced a completely free app available on iOS, Android and Windows platforms, with more the 150 tried and tested games ideas. And there’s no catch   Youth Games App

WW 1 Resources For use with schools, and church children’s and youth groups in the Diocese of Derby.  This resource booklet [PDF] provides some pointers to where clergy and other leaders can access resources on WW1 and provides some links to web-based information on the topic of WW1.

UKYouth ha developed a free resource on mental health and well-being for use with young people. You can get a free downloadable copy via the link   UK Youth-Mental Health Resource

The Children’s Society has released six youth group sessions from a faith perspective to help youth workers unpack key topics such as identity, sexting, mental health, healthy relationships, and life online, empowering your young people to support themselves and their peers.

It’s free, ready and waiting at:


Each week, ROOTS offers ways for children and young people to get to know and think about one of the readings from the Revised Common Lectionary – and to explore how it relates to their everyday lives.

Roots resources

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On 17 March 2016 at St John's School Of Mission in Bramcote, ten speakers delivered a session each on an essential concept in youth ministry.

The training event, for workers and volunteers was co-ordinated by Alistair Langton, from the Diocese of Derby, and Sally Nash from the Midlands Centre for Children, Youth and Mission (MCYM). 

The event was partnered by Southwell & Nottingham Diocese, the Methodist Church and Youth for Christ.

The event also celebrated ten years of the Grove Youth series of booklets.

These sessions are available to view on YouTube and links to each are highlighted below.

Session 1 – Reflective Practice – Paul Nash

Session 2 – Core Principles – Alistair Langton

Session 3 – Anti-oppressive Practice – Nigel Pimlott

Session 4 – Lifestyle Development Theory – Elaine Jones

Session 5 – Facilitating Learning – Nigel Roberts

Session 6 – The Naomie Planning Tool – Linda Hopkins

Session 7 – Leadership – Liz Dumain

Session 8 – The Drama Triangle – Sarah Fregado

Session 9 – the Dynamic Cycle – Jo Whitehead

Session 10 – Marker Posts and Shelters – Sally Nash

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Safeguarding Training courses are advertised in the safeguarding training section.

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Why do I need to do it?

It might seem like an additional piece of paper/admin, but the reality is that IF there was to be a serious accident, a court of law could want to know what precautions you had put in place to help prevent such an accident.

You cannot completely eradicate risk, obviously, but the law requires us to protect people as far as “reasonably practicable”.

Having a completed risk assessment in your file is one way that you could show that you had done this. (Of course you need to act on it too!)

How will I do it? 

Simply download the advice pack below and follow the easy to use guidelines.

Download Risk Assesment Advice for Youth Childrens Groups in the Diocese of Derby [PDF]

Download a simple risk assessment form [PDF]

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Are you involved with leading children’s or youth work in your church – either on a Sunday or during the week? Do you sometimes wish you had more expertise or more ideas or just more inspiration?

It’s often hard though to find a training event that fits in with our busy lives.

This could be the answer! Made to Measure has been used by many churches over the past year to put together exactly what its leaders need, and at a time and venue of their choice!

Sara Brown , the Children’s Adviser will liaise with you to plan exactly what areas of training you would like and to book a date and time that is suitable for you.

Then it’s up to you to invite everyone who you feel would benefit from the training.

for more details click on the link below:

Download the Made-to-measure Training leaflet

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Do you want to organise a First Aid Course at your church?

We can organise a certificated courses that will cover the essential elements of what to do whilst waiting for an ambulance to arrive. 

It will cover the aims of First Aid, what to put in a First Aid kit,  how to deal with an unconscious person, resuscitation, treating burns and bleeding, and what to do if a child suffers from asthma, epilepsy or diabetes.

We will put you in touch with  a qualified and experienced First Aid Trainer who has worked for Red Cross, St John’s and Various FE Colleges.

On satisfactory completion of the course, a Basic First Aid Course, with Child Module Certificate will be awarded (This is suitable for appointed persons).  This is valid for three years.

Cost – in the region of £200 for a two and a half hour course.

Further Details:  e-mail: 

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