Bible Society

bible-society-logoThe Bible Society has some cracking apps that open up the Bible for children and young people and does a host of things in the UK (and around the world) which raise public consciousness about the Bible.  One of their best tools for engagement is “Open The Book” a programme for schools that explore the Bible in a dynamic way with drama and fun.

[Bible Society – Open The Book]

Children's Society

logoThe Children’s Society is an amazing organisation working with vulnerable children and families and encourages the church and wider society to engage holistically with the needs of children and young people amidst the challenges of growing up today.

[Free Youth Resources]

Children's Work Magazine

childrenswork_logoChildren’s Work Magazine.  Does exactly what it says, provides articles, resources, news and a host of features in a magazine six times a year.  Get a subscription! BUT, it is also a website with a SHED load of meeting guides and ideas – all for free.  Check it out.

[Children’s Work Magazine]

Christian Aid Collective

logo-jeansThe Christian Aid Collective is a movement for change.  A group of students and young people taking action against the injustice in our world and challenging the systems that keep people poor.  Get involved.

[Christian Aid Collective]


blogoCWR produces some excellent bible reading notes for children and young people from 3+ (Pens, Topz, YPs, Mettle) – check out the titles for children by clicking the link, Pen’s is especially good for introducing pre-schoolers to the bible – and, what better way to kick off their reading than looking at the bible together?

[CWR – Children’s Publications]


logoFusion is passionate about students and engages with them nationally through training and equipping student workers, resources and connecting young people at college and university with churches.  Got young people heading off to Uni? Connect them in with Fusion.


Going for Growth

Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 15.47.20Going for Growth is a website from the “Going for Growth” team for the Church of England. The website has excellent features from resources and articles to key aspects of good practice for children’s and youth work – a wealth of content, well worth a browse (you don’t have to be Anglican or Church of England to use it!)

[Going for Growth]

Institute for Children Youth and Mission

CYM-LogoLarge-1030x617I’ve known CYM (Now the Institute for Children, Youth and Mission) for 18 years.  They exist to enhance the capacity, credibility and creativity of Christian mission and ministry among children and young people; their families and communities.  They run some excellent training courses (whether you are after a one day CPD or an MA) – check them out.

[Institute for Children Youth and Mission]

Lee Abbey

movement-logo-short-500A wonderful place of retreat and adventure in Devon, idyllic setting with its own private beach! Perfect for youth weekends away, church holidays . . . check out their website and all they have to offer.

[Lee Abbey]

Mission Aviation Fellowship


The Mission Aviation Fellowship shares God’s love in the most remote places on earth.  They also have some excellent resources you can download for free put together by their excellent youth team (who are also happy to come and speak to your youth group).

[Youth Resources from MAF]

New Wine

logoMany years ago, along with another children’s worker, I established the New Wine Children’s Workers Training events, great to see they are going strong and now all over the country!  If there is one near you, these are excellent equipping days to get yourself and your team along to.

[New Wine Children’s Leaders Events]

South East Partnership

Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 16.15.10South East Partnership is a network of agencies and organisations across the South East who are passionate about equipping the local church for ministry with children and young people.  The website is brand new and it is pretty exciting to be highlighting it – check it out for regional training events, resources and links to those who can support you in ministry.

[South East Partnership]

St Bartz Retreat Centre

stbartz_logo_badge_transparentA glorious retreat centre in East Sussex, ideal get away for a personal prayer retreat or for a youth group residential.  Check out the dedicated website, have a virtual browse and have a look at the calendar to check availability – fully fitted kitchen, dormitory style sleeping for young people with separate leaders rooms, projector and screen and wifi.

[St Bartz Retreat Centre]

Tearfund Canopy

Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 16.39.49From Tearfund comes “Canopy” a wealth of resources created for youth groups – some by the Tearfund youth team, but you can also create a profile and upload your own resources for others to use! A bunch of people have done that – browse the content or add your own.

[Tearfund Canopy]

Think Twice

S7O3IMKkThink Twice is an excellent resource bringing wisdom, research and personal experience around the subject of mental health and wellbeing.  This is HUGE for many of the young people we are working with.  Check out the website and make use of Rachel’s knowledge to support you in this area.

[Think Twice]

Urban Saints - Energise

Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 07.16.37Energise is a web based curriculum for your youth group from Urban Saints.  What is great about it is the material runs right through children’s and youth ages – so you can have continuity with material you can trust, whatever age you are working with. Check it out.

[Energise Material]


Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 07.24.41Youthscape brings together in one team some of the most creative youth work going on in the UK right now.  It is the home of the Self Harm UK team; Schools Work; Romance Academy and more . . . check out all their work here.


Youth for Christ

Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 07.28.27Youth For Christ partner with churches and organisations all over the UK to share Christ with young people.  As well as delivering and running youth projects they have some excellent resources for youth groups.  Check out their resources section by clicking on the link.

[Youth For Christ Resources]

Youthwork Magazine

youthwork_logoLike its sister publication youth work magazine has a host of articles, resource ideas, interviews and useful info about all things “youth work” PLUS all of its back issue “ready to use” meeting guides are available FREE from the website.  A treasure trove of material to use as it is – or adapt for your needs.

[Youthwork Magazine]