Miles from Home

Walking Boots

Even on your doorstep, you can feel miles from home. For some young people, home seems a long way away. They have a physical home, which is often very happy, but finding the way home is a path of discovering who you are, your values and your purpose. At Youth for Christ, we are committed to seeing young people find their way home. We want to see young people’s lives changed by Jesus, starting at their point of need. Unfortunately, we encounter more young people who need our support than we can manage. We need to extend the team to allow more young people to get our help. We are raising money to bring this closer to reality. We want an extra staff member to enable us to work with young people in three areas.

Unemployment support
Already, we are seeing that the increase in unemployment resulting from COVID is disproportionately affecting young people. Young people with fewer qualifications and skills face an even more significant challenge. Unemployment is a challenging situation and can present mental health challenges to young people who may already be struggling with life. We are developing a programme for young people who are looking for work. Each young person has a mentor to help them throughout their job search, helping them with application skills, interview technique, encouragement, and support. Where young people need additional skills or qualifications, we will provide tutoring and relevant work experience. Extra support around holding down a job, budgeting and access to services such as food banks will be provided where applicable. We currently have no government funding for this new project.

Mentoring
Our mentoring service in schools provides effective support to young people in various schools across the county. Many mentoring services focus on high-level needs, but young people with lower-level needs often fall through the gaps. Ironically, dealing with these needs earlier prevents the need for higher levels of support later. These young people need help, yet there is frequently limited funding for supporting these young people. We step into this place to provide timely support to help young people flourish.

Online Gaming
For many young people, online gaming is a part of their life that brings them together with their friends. In a year where time outside is limited, we have seen the benefits of working with young people in the space they go. Online gaming is one space that we are developing with young people, providing a safe environment where they can spend time with friends get support from adults who care. Imagine a traditional youth centre, but online. Rocket League and Fortnite replace Table Tennis and the pool table. A server with text, voice and video chat rooms replace the Youth Centre.

To make this a reality, we will walk the Cotswold Way, all 100 miles, from Bath to Chipping Campden. Over five days, we will cover the distance to help bring young people closer to home.

We want to thank Cotteswold Dairies for sponsoring this challenge.

To help us make a difference in the lives of young people please sponsor the team or sponsor a team member below.

Abi Baldwin

Abi Baldwin 


Sponsor Abi

Hannah Baldwin

Hannah Baldwin

Kathy Barlow

Kathy Barlow

Youth for Christ is a charity I’m passionate about, because of the work they do with young people – mentoring, sharing the love of Jesus, discipleship, youth groups, school clubs, supporting young people in need and seeing young people’s lives changed by Jesus.

Sponsor Kathy

Paul Bennett

Paul Bennett

Over the last twenty years as Director of Youth for Christ Gloucestershire, I have seen first hand the imapct our work makes on young peoples lives. I would like us to be able to support even more young people.

Sponsor Paul


Kay Edwardes

Kay Edwardes

Some of you know that in my spare time I love helping out as a youth volunteer for my local church community. I couldn't do this without the support of the Youth for Christ Gloucestershire team.

Sponsor Kay

Jon and Helen Howes

Jon and Helen Howes

We are both especially excited about their new project designed to reach out to young people aged 18-24 who are struggling to find work.

Sam Olaleye

Sam Olalaye

In this current climate, many young people will be worrying about the next step. That step for each young person could be exams, university or even employment. Youth for Christ Gloucestershire, help young people unlock and achieve their God-given potential and achieve those steps. 
Steph Rollinson

Steph Rollinson

I joined Youth for Christ as an 18 year old, and my links with them remain as strong as ever.
We're walking to raise money for the venture to help young people into the work place by mentoring and helping them to find and apply for jobs.
Hanna

Hanna Stuercken

I love being a youth worker at Youth for Christ Gloucestershire! I'm walking the Cotswold Way to raise funding for our two newest projects! We have started a support system for unemployed young people to help them with find and apply to jobs. We're also starting a safe online gaming community to reach out to young people.

Sponsor Hanna

Pete Verry

Pete and Adele Verry


Sponsor Pete and Adele

May Weller

May Weller

I am walking with youth for Christ Gloucestershire as a mum for my kids and their friend’s future. Right now things are really hard for a lot of young people and my wish is that no one should have to walk through this alone.

Sponsor May