Projects We Run
Driven by making an impact and inspiring change, our charity is always expanding our understanding of contemporary issues and developing projects to help young people find positive solutions. Learn more about our focus below.
Supporting young people
The project started with one worker in 2013 and began to take on volunteers in 2015 and was set up to provide support to young children and teens in primary and secondary settings. Through positive and empowering relationships with their individual mentors, children and young people are supported on a weekly basis; often raising self-esteem, aspirations and confidence as they tackle life and school together. Engage! (Youth Mentoring) employs a part time employee to train, support and coordinate volunteers as well as to develop and sustain partnerships with schools. The project has increased its capacity to support 100+ students each year through the invaluable services of about 30 volunteers.
How do I become a mentor?
After a few hours of training including Child Safeguarding Level 1, we will place you with a student, anyone from primary to sixth form in a local school. We will try to find the best fit for you. You will meet with them regularly and receive ongoing support and advice from us throughout.
For more information please get in touch with Tina
Preparing young people for job interviews
This project was set up in 2016 and focuses on delivering employability workshops and mock interviews for secondary school students (years 10 to 13). Volunteers with an experience of work pass on their skills to the students to increase their self-confidence and to prepare them for their lives after school. Between 12 and 15 sessions are delivered to about 8 schools per year. Over 1500 students benefit from this project each year through the support of 80 volunteers.
For more information and how to get involve contact Rick
Shepherd's Crook Schools Ministry Team
Delivering Bible stories through puppets
A group of volunteers explain Bible stories to primary school children using puppets. The aim is to visit all 9 primary schools in the city every term. The project has been running for 18 years
The group was set up in October 2001 following a gift of three puppets from an American team who were visiting the schools in Lichfield. We started with three puppeteers, then increased to four. Sally Hayter, one of our puppeteers writes all our plays. The plays themselves are accessible to a wide range of ages, include good Bible teaching, humour and are visually engaging. .
Our repertoire of plays includes creation plays, plays based on Old Testament characters such as Daniel, Jonah, Gideon, David and Goliath and the Gospel of Jesus.
We all enjoy working with the puppets, meeting the children and their teachers, and taking the word of God into the schools.
If you'd like to get involved or know more, please get in touch with Anne
Easter and Christmas Schools Week
Drama and Workshop
Easter and Christmas Schools' Weeks
For the 11 or so Lichfield Christian Schools' Work Trust has worked together with Wade Street Church to present a' Schools' Week' at Easter and Christmas. Each primary school is booked into an hour and a half session, and during that time they take part in an interactive drama, workshops and finishes off with a very lively quiz.
At Christmas the church is transformed into the Christmas story. There is a stable, a modern living room, and an opulent King's palace. Costumed characters present the Christmas story, throughout the drama the children are involved in different parts themselves!
After the drama the children are divided into small groups that move around the space visiting five, or six different workshops. There is time for questions, for discussion, for really getting to the heart of the Christmas story.
At Easter, the church is transformed into the Easter story. Once again, the children and their teacher takes part in an interactive drama, taking the parts of disciples and the crowd greeting Jesus on his way into Jerusalem.
There are small group workshops set around the space, including a garden tomb set in the church baptistry. This small group time allows for discussion and questions which can deepen the children's understanding of what Easter is really about. The session ends with the very lively quiz which is so popular with children and staff alike!
Over the years these sessions have been found to be very special, where children can experience awe and wonder and where they have opportunity to reflect on the deeper meaning behind these two major festivals.
The sessions for both Christmas and Easter Schools' Weeks are booked up extremely quickly, and early booking is strongly advised.
For more information please get in touch with Anne