Hope Together - exploring violence and hope

Recent news reports have highlighted the increase in violence affecting young people across London. Are you wondering how you can respond? Is there a way that together we can make a difference? Join ‘Hope Together’ a conversation to explore and share our experiences, and consider how we can respond.

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Danny Curtin
Detached work in Enfield

I started volunteering with Courtyard after attending a meeting at my local parish centre. We were a group of people wanting to make a positive difference in our community.

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Rachel
Young person affirms our work

Knowing when to first say 'hello' can be nerve racking with a new group of young people. A detached team from one of our parishes recently had an uplifting experience with this, that they wanted to share.

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Tadz
Joining the Courtyard team

I joined the Courtyard project as the London Project Worker in July. Part of my role is to expand the Courtyard project into five new parishes. Initially this left me thinking “how on earth do we do that?” I have started this task by doing a lot of research into parishes and their communities. I am now contacting potential parishes and from this we have so far met with one new parish to talk more about how Courtyard could work for them.

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Eleanor Bowmanstreets, parish
“We are the bad kids…”

Shying away at first, Mandy soon became comfortable enough to chat to us outside MacDonald’s, amidst her group of friends. She told us about her day, in her school’s isolation unit. When we invited her thoughts on the unit, she said that some teachers view her as one of “the bad kids”. She then admitted “I do have my moments, but really, I’m alright”.

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Courtyard attends MP thank you event

“Thank you! From HMGov, and FYT…”

Despite the gospel calling for humility and secrecy when doing good work, it's always a pleasure to be recognised for the good work that we do. We were recently invited by the Frontier Youth Trust to a gathering in the Houses of Parliament, to talk about our youth work and meet others who do similar work with young people. 

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Arturvolunteer
Being recognised on detached after the summer…

Back on the streets again after our summer break and at first sight there appeared to be some changes. Our group from infront of McDonalds’s have seemed to moved on to pastures new; whether this is a permanent change or because we were an hour later leaving base has yet to be determined. Hope it’s not the former – what would we do without our French fries?!

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Kathyyoung people, streets
Courtyard opening…

If we were to choose a specific day that we could term the ‘Grand Opening’ or the ‘Premiere’ of our Courtyard project, there is a sense that last Thursday would be it. Following our effort over so many weeks, we finally felt as though the fruit of our labours and patient dedication had arrived.

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