FREE online course to help parents talk about the issue of self-harm with their children

SelfharmUK and the Virtual College have worked in partnership to create a free online course designed to help parents talk about the issue of self-harm with their children.

Thousands of children and young people in the UK are thought to be impacted by self-harm each year. Spotting the signs can be difficult, and approaching the subject with your children can be an uncomfortable experience.

‘Talking to your children about emotional resilience and self-harm’, has been designed to provide parents with a basic awareness of the subject to help them approach their children with confidence about the issue.

Learning outcomes

This course will help you to:

  • Know what self-harm is and why young people may do it
  • Know what makes young people vulnerable to self-harming behaviour
  • Understand in what ways you can support a young person is who self-harming

Register for the training here

Grubby Faith training

Grubby Faith training

Last May we hosted the really interesting Sticky Faith tour.  This year it returns in the form of the Grubby Faith tour run by Scripture Union, Urban Saints and the Centre for Youth Ministry on Tuesday 24th May at St. Andrew’s Centre, 7.00-9.00pm.


Active engagement in mission (in its broadest sense) is key to disciple and living faith.  So can we involve children and young people in this?  A core finding from the Fuller Institute’s ‘Sticky Faith’ research was the difference that participation in outward focussed church and family activities made to developing faith that grows out and lasts.


The evening will explore what we mean by mission, and how parents, youth and children’s leaders and church leaders can engage children and young people in God’s passionate mission to his world.


7pm Coffee and cake

7.30pm Start

9.00pm Finish


Come join the conversation to be inspired and encouraged to invest in children and young people in a new way.

4Youth hosting Level 3 Certificate in Youth Work Practice in 2016


4Youth are hosting a Level 3 course in Youth Work Practice, commencing in January 2016, in Eastleigh.

This is a great opportunity to gain a national recognised qualification with JNC, delivered locally in Hmpshire.  The closing date for applications is 12pm, Monday 11th January 2016.

The course is for youth workers who are already working in a youth work environment in a supportive, surpervisory or managerial role with at least 2 years’ experience in a youth work or informal education setting.

4Youth Level 3 Certificate

Download the Learner Information Pack

Download an Application Form

Download the Placement Provider Form

Growing Young Disciples training day

Genuine - Growing Young Disciples

I’ve just received details of the Growing Young Disciples training day on Sat 7th May 2016 in Winchester run by The Good Book Company:

How to grow a living faith in children & young people (and yourself)

An action-packed, fun-filled, high-octane, Bible-busting training day for anyone involved with children and young people.

The day includes a mix of sessions for both helpers and leaders, whether you work with young children or older teens.

Choose one of five seminars to answer your questions and shape your thinking.

Plus two practical workshops, one from Group A and one from Group B, to help you grow in your practical skills and understanding.



with Phil Moon

  • What is a living faith?
  • Growing a living faith in yourself



  1. Living faith for 14-18s
    Ben Putt
  2. Living faith for 11-14s
    Dave Thornton
  3. Living faith for 7-11s
    Tamar Pollard
  4. Living faith for under 7s
    Tim Thornborough
  5. Unpacking the message
    Alison Mitchell
    A beginner’s guide to understanding and teaching the Bible to children and teens



  • AFocus the fun with children. A beginner’s guide [C]
  • AEncouraging parents to read the Bible with their children [C]
  • ASupporting teens who struggle with homosexuality [T]
  • AMoney and possessions [C/T]
  • AInside out: encouraging an outreach mindset [T]
  • BOne-to-ones with teens. A beginner’s guide [T]
  • BSocial action [C/T]
  • BHelping teens to talk biblically about homosexuality [T]
  • BFresh ideas for teaching children to pray [C]
  • BFakebook generation: teens wearing masks [T]

[C] = children; [T] = teens

Growing Messy Leaders training day


CPAS brings their extensive experience of growing leaders in churches to help Messy Churches. BRF’s Messy Church team and CPAS are working together to help Messy Church team members and leaders of all ages become better leaders through team-building work and leadership theory and reflective practice. These hands-on, fun, fast-moving and action-packed training days will give to those aged 9-99 (and older if required) the opportunity to understand more of the practicalities of leading a Messy Church, develop their teamwork and reflect on their inner relationship with God and those around them.

Take your Messy team to a different level. Come as a team! Bring your leaders young and old! A fun, inspirational, useful and paradigm-shifting all-age training day.

When? Saturday 14 November 2015
Where? St Paul’s Church, Oak Rd, Bursledon, Southampton, Hampshire SO31 8DT
Cost? £10 per adult, children 9-16 free.

Click here for full details on the Messy Church website