Youth Programme
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Youth Programme

The Youth Programme follows the Unitarian ethos that we are all free to explore our own beliefs and views on life. The values of respect, tolerance and compassion towards others are reflected in the activities we offer. The youth leaders aim to create safe spaces where young people can explore their identity and direction in life. Participants are encouraged to celebrate diversity and difference in each other whilst cherishing all that binds people.

The aim is to see young people relaxing, laughing and having fun together. Everybody’s thoughts and opinions join together helping to create a rich and inspiring atmosphere. Activities are open to those who want to join a welcoming and encouraging community. The participants who attend the events weekends include Unitarians and those of other faith traditions and none.  Most of the events are held at The Nightingale Centre, Great Hucklow in the heart of the Derbyshire countryside.

Within congregations, children and young people can take part in the Chalice Award programme.

For more information on the Youth Programme, please email us.

Youth Events

Juniors for 7 - 11 yr olds

Junior weekend is filled with fun and friends. Events will be 3-5 March and 6-8 October 2017.

Participants explore different themes through craft activities,outdoor trips, playing games and having a giggle together.

We love to see new faces and those who have been before. To attend the weekend, Juniors need to be accompanied by an adult from their area, though all the activities are led by experienced leaders.

Junior Weekends happens twice a year meeting in March and October. The event runs from 18:00 Friday to 14:00 on the Sunday, meeting at the Nightingale Centre, Great Hucklow.

Junior Weekend generally consists of the following:

  • Craft activities
  • Games
  • Outdoor fun
  • Chapel
  • The 'Trough'
  • Music and songs

Inters for 11 - 14 yr olds

Inter weekend is a time for exploration, understanding and reflection. Event dates: 18-20 November 2016, 17-19 March 2017 and 17-19 November 2017.

Participants investigate a variety of topics in a range of creative ways.

Activities can include art, crafts, drama, games, creative writing and local walks. A safe and trusting bond is created between all involved during the weekends.

The group always enjoys welcoming new people and great friendships are forged between all members of the group.

Inter and Senior weekends meet together at the Nightingale Centre, in March and November, whilst running their own individual programmes. The event runs from 18:00 Friday to 14:00 on the Sunday.

Inter Weekend generally consists of the following:

  • Getting to know you games
  • Walk or Trip and follow up activities
  • Carousel of art, drama, creative writing and a mystery session
  • Whole group theme session
  • Late night activity - quiz night, games night, party etc
  • Bubble Time – a small group session focusing on personal exploration and sharing, usually in age related groups
  • Epilogue – late night, time for quiet reflection
  • Chapel
  • Visit to 'The Trough'
  • Closing games and feedback

Seniors for 14 - 17 yr olds

Senior weekend is a powerful and thought-provoking weekend for young people whilst still maintaining an emphasis on fun. Event dates: 18-20 November 2016, 17-19 March 2017 and 17-19 November 2017.

The weekends include a myriad of activities and discussions in a safe and trusting space created by both participants and leaders.

Activities include credo groups, circle time, workshops and walks in the countryside. A unique community develops between the teenagers. These strong links are often maintained throughout the year via various communication networks. Friendships are easily made if you have never been before and the group will welcome you with open arms.

Senior and Inter weekends meet together at the Nightingale Centre, in March and November, whilst running their own individual programmes. The event runs from 18:00 Friday to 14:00 on the Sunday.

Senior Weekend generally consists of the following:

  • Icebreakers and getting to know you games
  • Walk
  • Specialist workshops exploring the theme of the weekend
  • Creative sessions
  • Credo - a small group session focusing on personal exploration and sharing, usually in age related groups
  • Late night activities e.g. sports, dance etc.
  • Circle Time - late night, time for quiet reflection
  • Visit to 'The Trough'
  • Chapel
  • Closing games and feedback

FDA for 12 - 17 yr olds

FDA is held at the Nightingale Centre, Great Hucklow. It is a spread over six days during the school holidays in August. This year FDA will run from 14:00 Sunday to 14:00 Friday.Event dates: 7-11 August 2017.

Fun Days Away (FDA) is a time for participants to explore a theme more deeply over several days. Topics are explored in a range ways including some sessions led by members of the group themselves. Usually we follow a special course in personal development – in past years these have included 'Our Whole Lives' and 'Everyday Leadership Skills'.

Members of the group are encouraged to push themselves physically and emotionally through a wide variety of activities. The trusting and encouraging nature of the group provides support and guidance during the challenges of the week. One participant described the special atmosphere created during FDA as a 'Bubble of Trust'.

FDA generally consists of the following:

  • Getting to know you and icebreaker games
  • Workshops exploring main theme of the week
  • Outdoor pursuits
  • Creative sessions
  • Sessions led by FDAers
  • Talent Night
  • Credo - a small group session focusing on personal exploration and sharing, usually in age related groups
  • Epilogues - late night, time for quiet reflection created by the Credo groups

Unikids for 7 - 12 yr olds

Unikids is a holiday primarily for our young people living in the South of England though children are welcome from all over the UK. Proposed event dates: 28 - 31 July 2017.

There are plenty of opportunities for us to bond together as a community, whilst participating in an exciting range of activities, including mountain biking and climbing.

These activities create lots of fun and a supportive atmosphere, where we all look out for each other. Trust and friendship are encouraged during circle time and creative activities. Unikids meets twice a year for a residential weekend and for an annual fun day in London.

Bridging Weekend for 16 - 21 yr olds

Bridging Weekend usually takes place at Flagg Barn near Buxton in Derbyshire. Proposed date for next meet up: 23-25 June 2017.

For more information contact Rev John Harley

Youth videos

Unitarian Youth: A Bubble of Trust

This film gives an exciting introduction to our Youth Programme. It was produced by James Barry during "Five Days Away" - August 2014.

Fulwood Youth Service

Sunday worship created and led by Inters (aged 11-14) at Fulwood Old Chapel on Sunday 20 March 2016. Produced by James Barry.

FDA August 2015

 FDA (Five Days Away) 3-7 August 2015. Here are two exciting films made at FDA by one of our youth leaders Lizzie Hornby.

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