Burton Youth for Christ
Burton YFC was started in 1985, by a group of ecumenical Church leaders responding to the perceived needs of young people within Burton Upon Trent. Burton YFC is one of around seventy centres in Britain, taking the good news of Jesus Christ relevantly to the young people of this nation, under the overall leadership of Neil O’Boyle. Burton YFC is committed to working in and alongside schools, churches and other youth related agencies to ensure every young person has the opportunity to maximise the unique potential of their life. This began under the leadership of Nick Pettingale, followed by Phil Pusey and now continues under Sue Garb.
Alongside the on-going commitments in schools and with churches, projects have included ‘drop-ins’, events, celebrations, trips, camps and street work (including the use of a bus kitted out as a coffee bar). Regardless of the project, the method is always relational.
Burton YFC was also instrumental in establishing YFC in Ethiopia, through Jim and Nestar Goode. In 2005, Burton YFC also set up a YFC centre covering the adjacent South Derbyshire area. The links between the centres remain strong with many opportunities to work together for the benefit of local young people.
A Board of Executive Trustees, who meet on a monthly basis, govern Burton YFC and oversee the work of the Director and Senior Staff. Burton YFC also has a Council of Reference, made up of local church leaders from across the denominational spectrum, who receive quarterly reports on progress and ensure that Burton YFC continues to do what it was intended to.
Four D Evangelism
In all of our youth work we use a four D approach:
Being Youth for Christ
These 6 values are at the core of all we do
The Burton YFC Framework – How We Work
Here at Burton YFC we’re passionate about helping young people develop and reach their full potential. Motivated by our faith in a God who has reached out to us, we aim to reach out to young people with this same love in a youth-friendly manner; enabling them to understand the gospel of Christ. Of course, spiritual development is intrinsically woven into a whole person—so we also look to meet the social, physical and emotional needs of young people. Our vision is, therefore, a long term one.
Building relationships with those we’re working with and standing in their shoes. This can take time and lots of shared experiences. Cultivating trust can be a delicate and time consuming process. In our view, it’s an investment worth making. Jesus is a great example for us to follow!
Understanding of particular needs surfaces and we share in the pain of a situation—whether witnessing a display of disruptive behaviour, listening to a confession of self-doubt or recognising a lack of opportunity for growth.
The time invested and the trust earned through the above process gives us the ‘authority to act’. This may be to instigate a change, begin a new work or offer to pray for someone. It may be that we need to pass it over to another group or work in partnership with others.
We want what we do to make a difference to young people, their families and their communities. Change may happen for an individual as their confidence increases, positively affecting their life choices; or for a community as attitudes to one another grow in understanding and streets become safer. Ultimately, we long for them to know Christ and the vastness of His love for them.
This is an ongoing process represented by the circle shape of the lens diagram.
This is not a new idea—God sent His Son to earth to identify with us. In becoming human, He felt as we feel; He knew suffering and joy. His death on the cross gives Him ultimate authority to act and knowing Him leads to personal transformation. We pray that Burton YFC can play its part and help others to experience the fullness of life that only Jesus can bring.
Who We Work With
This year we have worked in the following schools leading or supporting partner projects
We work with a number of partners in Schools, Churches and the Community
- Burton Albion Community Trust
- Bright Futures UnLtd
- Staffordshire County Council
- East Staffordshire Police
- Horninglow and Eton Parish Council
- Staffordshire Council of Voluntary Youth Services
- Support Staffordshire – Voluntary Services Centre
- Eagles Nest
- St Chad’s Church and Community Centre
- St Saviour’s Assembly Team
- Axis Cage Football Project
- The Church in Burton
The money bit
We currently have a budget of approximately £80,000 for the year.
Our income Sept 2016 – August 2017…
Our funders this year include
- Local Churches
- Baron Davenport’s Charity
- Burton Breweries Charitable Trust
- Police Crime Commissioner People’s Power Fund
- The Entertainer
- Burton Transformation Trust
- Newstart Shops
- Staffordshire Council of Voluntary Youth Services
- Consolidated Charity of Burton upon Trent
- Derby Uni Community Fund
- John James Charitable Trust
We also have earned income from some schools and community work.
Our team are experienced in working with children, young people and parents within diverse settings. Our youth and children’s work development training is ongoing. We currently have staff trained and experienced in: Youth and children’s work, schools work, Safeguarding Level 1 and 2; Level 6 Management; NVQ Level 3 Play Work; Parenting support; CAF; CAMHS tiers 1 and 2; Food Hygiene; First Aid.
We may also have university students or young people taking part in a gap year project on our team who are training in youth and children’s work. All have Safeguarding Level 1 certificates, are undergoing youth work training and have regular supervision.
Occasionally we have young people on work experience placements from local secondary schools.
Matt has recently stepped up to become our lead youth worker, taking on responsibility for YFC’s part in the Respect Burton Project which delivers year-long mentoring in 5 local High Schools. He also leads our Imaginate project and loves communicating to young people with, and through, technology. In his spare time, he heads up the youth work at his local Elim Church.
Matt has also been involved with Kid Central (previously KW Kindle & Destiny Kids) alongside Phil Crathorne, running different holiday clubs and children’s activities across the country.
Matt is married to Ruth, has a gorgeous baby boy, a Miniature Schnauzer called Pepper, and loves computers and other geeky things; Matt is also into American Football and supports the Dallas Cowboys.
You will find Sue sorting out our accounts, keeping on top of our communication and planning and serving at our town wide youth events. Sue also works part time teaching flute and saxophone, and has a love for chocolate, eBay and St Ives in no particular order.
Full Time - Volunteers / Students
We have four Youth for Christ Year Out Volunteers with us until Christmas –
- Abigail Gillespie
- Annabel Middleton
- Katelyn Collins
- Mary Croft
They are all based in local Churches and are fully immersed in the Burton team. They are also being trained to deliver The Cube, which is a new touring team with British Youth for Christ.
If you are a education provider and would like to talk about using Burton Youth for Christ as a placement please contact us on 01283 531722
Part Time - Volunteers
We have some great people that give up their time to help with some of our activities or around the office.
- Susan Edmonds
- David Jones
- Helen Morgan
As a registered charity Burton YFC is required to have a board of Trustees. These are a great group of people that volunteer their time to manage and administrate the charity. They meet monthly with the Centre Director to discuss and oversee finances, legal responsibilities, personnel, and overall direction. They all attend local churches and have completed the Burton YFC induction process and DBS procedures.
Our current Trustees are:
- Dan Parker – Chairperson, Centre Director line manager and Safeguarding Lead
- Neil Pacey – Acting Treasurer
- Esther Williams – Secretary
- Larry Muzzell
- Chris Snowdon
- Frank Startin
If you would like more information about our governance and how we run, please contact the Burton YFC office 01283 531722 firstname.lastname@example.org
Please read our latest reports
What Others Say
- The Respect group has been excellent and has really had an impact on the students involved. They are now growing in confidence and are working together both in the sessions and around school and the local community. There has also been significant improvement in behaviour and attitude towards schoolHead of Year 9Paget High School
- This was a fun evening, the activities were fun and this was a great way to learn about friendships in the bible and how to put them into real life. Great fun!Young PersonAttended Star Buds Café Night Feb 2015
- I learned a lot and took it all in. My relationship with God is a lot better now.Young PersonAttended Star Buds Café Night Feb 2015
- I have learnt that comparing yourself to others and putting yourself down will not change who you are and that I am who I am for a reason.Young PersonI'm The Girl I Want To Be
- I would like to express my sincere thanks on behalf of myself and Staffordshire Police to our friends at Burton Youth For Christ for their fantastic contribution towards the presentations given to in excess of 3,500 students in secondary schools in Burton and Uttoxeter since last October. To my mind it has been one of the best campaigns ever delivered over a school year as the topic has been so relevant to some of the evils that are happening in our country today. If we only made a small percentage of the above figure think twice and seek help, we have done much good.Gerry PeckStaffordshire Police Volunteer CSE Co ordinator
- Thank you for letting me tell my story. I felt like you understood and heard me without trying to make me betterYoung PersonAttended Listening Session