Faith Intersectionality and the Future of Youth Work Partnerships

Join the Faiths & Civil Society Unit at Goldsmiths College on 14 September 2023 for a one day conference: Faith Intersectionality and the Future of Youth Work Partnerships.

The day will bring together providers from the faith sector and community organisations, local authorities and universities to explore the opportunities and challenges of youth work in Britain.

Siloed thinking and practice have proved inadequate to address the issues young people are facing every day – from mental health, poverty and inequality to the lack of opportunities for peer-led development and being treated as valued citizens. The conference will identify gaps in knowledge and understanding across faith and secular institutions, including the occlusion of faith-based contributions and celebrating best practice in partnership working across faith and secular actors.

The interactive discussions will create opportunities to:

  • Explore the implications of faith-secular partnerships for youth work projects and initatives
  • Co-create collaborative strategies that will inform future policy agendas and frameworks
  • Re-imagine the best possible care, justice and support for young people in the 21st century.

Hear from panelists as they share their experiences, best practices and lessons in youth work, including:

  • Kayleigh Wainwright, Strategic Change Lead: Director of Youth Sector Innovation, UK Youth
  • Abbee McLatchie, Director of Youth Work, NYA
  • Alice Smith, Director of Church Development, Youthscape
  • Joy Faulkner, Children’s and Youth Minister, St Martin in the Fields
  • Jill Appleton, National Director, The Feast
  • Peter Hart, Lecturer in Inclusion, Childhood and Youth, University of Leeds
  • Gülen Petty, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Youth First
  • Aminata Swaray, Operations Manager, Youth First
  • Shelley Marsh, Director of Collaborative Leadership, UIJA (TBC)
  • Ali Campbell, Youth and Children’s Ministry Consultant, The Resource
  • Naomi Thompson, Senior Lecturer in Community Studies, Goldsmiths
  • Chris Baker, William Temple Professor of Religion, Belief and Public Life, Goldsmiths

The conference takes place on Thursday 14 September from 9:30am – 4pm at Goldsmiths, University of London, and tickets cost £25. You can find out more and register here