Christian youth project reaches out in Norfolk
With Government cutbacks in Norfolk Youth Services and Police ASBOs coming to an end, a Christian-based youth outreach project in the Breckland region of Norfolk is providing a vital service.
SPLAG is an exciting new project aimed at going out to young people where they are at, whether that be hanging around on the streets or on recreational grounds. The aim is to work alongside Councils, Police and Safer Neighbourhood Teams to help combat anti social behaviour.
The SPLAG bus visits where there is a need and want to involve the local church in any area that it goes, as it’s important for the young people to build relationships with people local to them, according to the project’s Lyn Milns.
The project is being run by Lyn and Chris Olley who have nine years experience of doing youth outreach work. The scripture that fuelled their passion for this outreach work was: “When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” Matt 9:36. The Biblical Greek for compassion is Splagcnizomai, hence the name.
Lyn said: “The bus will primarily be used in the Breckland area but would work with churches in other areas if there is anti social behaviour problems there. The bus will be a mobile venue that young people can come to. It may be that they just need shelter and a hot drink, somewhere to socialise with their friends or maybe some initial advice; the SPLAG bus will have leaflets and information available on health matters including drugs, alcohol and STDs.”
On the bus will be the PM Listening Post. It is intended for trained counsellor Lyn and other qualified people to be on a rota so that there is one person on the bus who can listen and signpost young people. There will be a quiet area for this but it will not be a counselling service but provide a way for young people to get help.
“This project is being run in faith of God’s provision so is receiving gifts rather than applying for funding grants,” said Lyn. “We would love your prayers as we still need a bus.”
If you need to know more, would like to make a financial contribution or become involved in the project or have words of encouragement please contact project coordinator Peter Dinsmore email email@example.com or ring Lyn Milns 01362 851158.
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