Project information

LimitlessCommunity

A dynamic leadership development programme for local churches, developing the vision and strategy to grow their youthwork provision.

January 2019 - July 2020

Charity information: Cambridge And District Youth For Christ

Cambridge And District Youth For Christ
  • Need

    Need

    Some of the most dedicated volunteers working with young people are found in our local churches. But there are few chances for them to learn from others, grow their understanding and think bigger. The church is the biggest provider of youth work in the UK. But it is often the best kept secret. We want to help these brilliant community activitist to more effectively connect with young people in their community, recruit and train volunteers and increase their impact in young peoples lives.

    Solution

    We want to offer them a 2 year 'learning community' process to help them expand their vision and to bring their valuable work to a wider audience. Offering 24 hour conferences every 6 months, and group and individual 'coaching', this approach is proven to help develop an effective strategic approach to reaching young people.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Develop Leadership


    Activities

    » Provide personal coaching to youth group leaders

    What success will look like

    Monitor the progress of leaders being coached through online assessment.


    Aim 2

    Grow vision and strategy


    Activities

    » LimitlessCommunity conferences provide tools to help shape their work

    What success will look like

    Participating teams will present their plans at the end of each conference.


    Aim 3

    Train leaders in sharing faith with young people


    Activities

    » Providing access to a video based course on leading young people.

    What success will look like

    Leaders will report back at the start of each conference and tell stories of personal impact.


  • Impact

    Impact

    We aim to see hundreds of young people connecting with the youthwork of their local church for the first time. We will measure this throughout the process by asking churches to report on the attendance at activities offered to young people.

    Risk

    Risk 1: Failure to Recruit. We will need churches to be willing to participate in the process. We deal with this by building relationships with local leaders through our ongoing work, starting now.
    Risk 2: Drop Out. Churches for various reasons might fail to complete the process. We will be as flexible as possible to respond to their needs.
    Risk 3: Failure To Implement. Churches may make great plans on paper, but struggle to act on them. We believe personal coaching is key to action.

    Reporting

    We will provide a comprehensive report after each conference (every 6 months), detailing the number of participating teams, their feedback from the conferences and stories of progress.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £6,929

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,170 Catering Providing good food for participants during each 24 hour conference
      £300 Event equipment Budget to refresh and improve conference equipment, AV, whiteboards and props
      £152 Team Resources Each participant receives a pack of materials for each gathering
      £800 Venue Hire Cost effective use of church or community facilities for the event
      £4,507 Staffing Costs Cost of project co-ordinator time for the full programme.
  • Background

    Location

    LimitlessCommunity will take place in a church or community locaiton within Cambridge city. We make every effort to serve volunteers and attract those working within areas of deprivation within Cambridge and its environs.

    Beneficiaries

    Young people who currently don't have access to regular community groups, and volunteers seeking to work with them.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have a unique role, supporting Christian Churches across a wide geographical area from a variety of denominations. We have demonstrated that our focus on enabling existing smaller organisations to work together can have great benefits for the community and the young people we serve.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Dave Monck

    Overall project director.

    Megan Tobeck

    LimitlessCommunity Administrator (volunteer)

    Jo Pocock

    Catering Manager (volunteer)

    Tilly Akoto

    LimitlessCommunity Project Manager