One drizzly Saturday in late November, a group of nearly 20 Quakers gathered together to skill up and think creatively about working with young people.
With a huge wealth and breadth of experience in the room and people from Weston, Bath, Sidcot and many Bristol meetings present there was a real buzz, and lots of brilliant conversations and ideas.
We’d like to thank everyone who came and look forward to following up with you to work together to turn ideas into action.
In the meantime, we’d like to share with you all a recipe one group came up with for how to be creatively alongside young people in a Quaker context:
- 1 kg of fun
- A bowl of listening
- A cupful of social action
- A plateful of acceptance
- A tablespoon of reassurance
- A zest of challenge
- Some pinches of worship
- Mix well with adults, so young people can be heard
- Decorate with testimonies and set your oven to join national Quaker activities
We discussed how we’d need different recipes for different situations – and hope this one might inspire you in your interactions as you build relationships with people, young and old!
If you have any questions or suggestions for working with young people aged 11-18, please get in touch with Kirsty Philbrick, Quaker Youth Worker on firstname.lastname@example.org