Frontier Trust Inclusion Statement

James Ballantyne informs us:

In one way this is ‘only’ a statement, but as a statement of intent, and making a position public, this is quite a stand by FYT as a faith-based organisation. I stand with them, and with the communities of people who have been oppressed by society, misunderstood and also received the same treatment by churches.




“Frontier Youth Trust is a home for pioneer youth work. We are a prophetic movement on the margins, calling and working for shalom in and through the lives of young people.

“Frontier Youth Trust is passionately committed to equality. As such, we will seek to embrace and champion those who are often marginalised in Christian communities and the wider world, regardless of economic power, age, gender, gender identity, mental health, mental ability, physical ability, race or sexuality. As an organisation and a movement, we will be proactive in affirming all as fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God.

“We recognise that we don’t always get this right. We can be unaware of our own prejudices, and we have not always been vocal enough about the things we stand for. At such times we will humbly seek forgiveness, and seek to make right what has been wrong. We will work to eliminate discriminatory behaviour wherever it is found and educate those who show prejudice, as we pursue a better world for young people.”

Engaging in Education – Worth Unlimited and Frontier Youth Trust


Engaging in Education…

A FREE ‘OPEN SPACE’ STYLE EVENT: We are all learners, we are all teachers, we are all experts and we are all novices! The processes used at this event will enable dialogue, learning, exploration and networking amongst youth workers working with disaffected young people.

With:     Speakers and workshops from Frontier Youth Trust, Worth Unlimited, AIMCommunity and more.

When:   Wednesday 22nd July 2015, 10 am to 4 pm

Where:  Salvation Army Walthamstow Corps, 434 Forest Road, Walthamstow, London, E17 4PY

Who is the event for:Youth Workers, managers, teachers, school leaders, trustees and anyone else who        wants to explore the issue of youth work in school settings.

Cost:     The event is free but we reserve the right to charge £25 if you fail to turn up on the day.

Food:    Drinks will be provided but you will need to bring your own lunch (it’s a free event after all!)

Proving our Value: the merits and perils of current approaches from a Christian perspective

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To say the least there is a flurry of welcome debate about the Outcomes agenda. At the beginning of March Worth Unlimited and Frontier Youth Trust are organising the following event.

Proving our Value: the merits and perils of current approaches

Adopting ‘outcomes-based approaches’ are an increasing necessity for those of us seeking external funding for our work. Our day will explore the virtues and vices of various approaches and seek to develop thinking about Christian frameworks for understanding outcomes and how we evaluate our work.  The day will include ‘Open Space’ style discussions and workshops on specific approaches.

With:  Speakers and workshops from: Frontier Youth Trust, Worth Unlimited, StreetSpace and Cre8 Maccelsfield.

When:   Wednesday 4th March 2015, 10 am to 4 pm

Where:St Barnabas Church, Lyme Avenue, Macclesfield SK11 7RS

Who is the event for:Youth Workers and managers who want to explore the issue of outcomes and how they can fit with Christian youth work and values driven organisations.

Cost:  The event is free but we reserve the right to charge £25 if you fail to turn up on the day.

Food:   Drinks will be provided but you will need to bring your own lunch (it’s a free event after all!)

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PS Latest news is that Nigel Pimlott is chucking in a free lunch – can’t be bad!

Tensions around the Table : Pioneering Youth Work

I hope I’m not being presumptuous in assuming that this event is open to all youth workers of whatever faith or disposition. I warm to the notion of pioneering youth work.


Bristol CYM
Bristol Baptist College
The Promenade, Clifton Down, Clifton

United Kingdom

Monday, 13 October 2014 from 10:00 to 16:00 (BST)


The Table is a space for pioneering youth and community workers to gather together for conversation, sustenance and learning. It’s being curated by CYM (Institute for Children, Youth and Mission), FYT (Frontier Youth Trust)’s StreetSpace community and CMS (Church Mission Society).

Using creative and participative processes, we want to learn from each other, dream new dreams and explore some of the specific issues related to working in pioneering contexts. We hope it will be a place where theory and practice collide, where ideas can be discussed openly and rooted back into the every day.

Youth and community work has always been at the forefront of pioneer practice. Tensions Around the Table aims to facilitate conversations to keep pushing effective and inclusive pioneer practice and thinking forward.

Jonny Baker (CMS), Richard Passmore (FYT), Sian Hancock (CYM), Jo Dolby (CYM) and many others will be helping us to explore the many things we have to hold in tension in pioneering practice. How do we respect the existing tradition but pioneer away from it? How can we plan and organize but remain spontaneous and flexible? Is our work about revolution or socialization? We’ll be looking at the role paradox plays in pioneering practice, the tensions that arise within it as well as unpacking the paradox of being a young person. We will develop a creative space to explore how these paradoxes and tensions can be imaginatively rooted into practice.

The Table is a place where all are welcome, where grace is more important that manners and where no one voice is louder than another. It is an open table with a place set for you. Come and join us!

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