The start of this new school year saw The Feast celebrate our seventh anniversary! This small charity which started in Birmingham with a vision of employing a single youth worker to run youth encounters in Sparkhill, has now grown to four prime UK locations and is sharing our approach in Europe, the Middle East and even in Australia.
Sadly this September we farewelled our founding employee, Natasha Griffith, as she departed for the warmer climes of Barbados, but are pleased to welcome aboard Mica Elliott to take her place building our presence in the Lozells and Aston area of Birmingham. In July it was also great to have Sandra Langston join us as our new Administrator in the National Office in Birmingham.
In July we also farewelled Mark Elliott as Development Worker in Bradford and Keighley, but his departure has been the catalyst for our exploration of a new and expansive structure of The Feast. Our ambition is to help thousands more young people to gain the skills and confidence to engage well with their peers of a different faith and culture. And we cannot do that if The Feast staff are relied on for everything.
So this term we are putting our heads together and developing a range of ways The Feast can pursue strategic objectives of:
- Model world leading best-practice in Youth Encounters
- Connect with different groups of young people
- Become a movement of social change
These ways include the much greater use of volunteers, partnerships with other youth or faith organisations, enhanced training packages and resources, contract school workers and part-time or sessional youth work staff. And a key component to all this is the definition of our four UK locations of work – Birmingham, Bradford and Keighley, Tower Hamlets and Luton – as Hubs which apply high impact youth work locally, but share our experience and resources regionally.
Over coming months we will be building up these Hubs, based on the success and sustainability of the team in Birmingham lead by Development Worker Jill Appleton. Recruitment will be ongoing for the Development Work team leader roles in Bradford and Keighley, Luton and Tower Hamlets, as well as an assortment of other volunteer and workers to help us reach many more young people, and change the lives of many in diverse communities.
We needs many more head together to achieve our aims, so please do get in touch with our CEO, Tim Fawssett on firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to know more about our plans and activities. Thanks for your interest and support.