ONE Programme young OPP worker for our church

April 28 2011
Great Lumley Methodist Church has been succesful in gaining funding for a young worker to help to develop community-based sporting activities and accessible worship for disability groups in the Durham area.

The funding is via the Methodist Church ONE Programme which has been established "to give young people the opportunity to work for a year in their local churches and Districts in creative projects that help to show Jesus to others".
The position will be advertised online in the near future and the succesful young person (aged between 16 and 23) will take up their part-time role on September 2011 for one year. Their time will be apportioned between our project (9-12 hours) and various national initiatives for the Methodist Church, taking up the balance of 15 hours per week.
More information about the ONE Programme can be found on this link.
For an outline of the main aims of the project, here is an extract from the bid document prepared by the team who will be managing the project:
The project aim is to enable people who are often socially excluded to maximise their potential and fully integrate with activities in the wider community. Some will become leaders in the things that they enjoy doing. The church will work to facilitate these activities, provide accessible worship, fellowship and peer support opportunities. The following objectives flow from this:
  1. Forge closer links between the church and the disability/social exclusion projects that already exist in Great Lumley (particularly but not exclusively with young people) vis:
    • Unified Football (integrating Lumley FC with learning disability Ďathletesí to form Lumley Gateway FC)
    • A planned Special Olympics Group and an existing Mencap Gateway Group
    • If U Care Share (a local charity engaged with the emotional development of young people)
    • Asdan and Disability Sports Leader projects.
  2. Help establish a Causeway Prospects (or similar) Group within the church. Causeway Prospects is a national Christian organisation that promotes and resources accessible worship for people with learning disabilities.  This initiative will establish appropriate regular worship opportunities in the Durham/Sunderland area for a neglected section of the community. A 2012 launch is planned for this group.
  3. Look to enable a forum/network of mutual support and self-help for parents and carers of young people with disabilities.
  4. Establish a mid-week youth fellowship group (11-14 year olds) during 2011 that integrates young people who have disabilities or who are socially excluded.
  5.  Participate in the work of an existing 14-18 years youth group that already includes young people with disabilities or who are socially excluded. The focus will be on engaging with global social justice issues through agencies such as The Leprosy Mission (with which the church has strong, long lasting connections) and the young peoplesí existing individual interests. A social justice group is also being established in the church during 2011.

A key aim of the activities will be to help to develop social/life skills so the participants are able to discover that they have a voice to be heard over a range of contemporary local, national or international issues.

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