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Waterways Chaplaincy
Dear God...
“The ocean is like God and raindrops are the religion. When they fall into the ocean they become one.”
Zoya Ahmed and Nurun Uddin
 

All Nations Ministries, Plymouth

City Youth
Say No to Anti-social Behaviour


Our project is aimed at reaching young people in the 16-25 age group helping them to overcome cyber bullying, knife crime and other harmful practices affecting youth in today's society.

We are doing this through providing exciting opportunities for spiritual transformation including discussion groups, studying the Word of God and its powerful message as well as encouraging them to create a piece of drama and music around the issues relevant to their daily lives.

The young people we work with include those from asylum seeker and refugee backgrounds and those from vulnerable and disadvantaged families living in poverty and facing hardship with little or no spiritual direction. Many have no particular belief or faith and some are from a Christian background but do not attend a church regularly or practice their faith.

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From our work, we are aware that these young people are easy targets for gang recruitment and often find themselves victims of cyber or face to face bullying and some have told us that they are often forced to engage in anti-social behaviour as they see it as ‘cool’ to do so and feel part of their peer group rather than face exclusion and isolation.

The problem affects both male and female with girls being victims of poor self-image and face cyber bullying around their appearance which has a detrimental impact on their esteem and can often sadly result in eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia. Boys are at risk of engaging in acts of vandalism or knife crime. 

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Alcohol and drug taking can often be an easy escape for these young people and they can become easy targets for sexual predators as well as drug dealers.

We are actively engaged in helping to equip them with the knowledge and confidence to say 'NO' to pressures they face on a daily basis through this project.

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Update Summer 2019

We held 2 events in the Summer of 2019 which involved the young people performing music, drama and dance, giving testimonies to the wider community, many of whom were young people themselves.

On 22nd and 23rd June we held a community outreach led by the young people which involved opportunities to work together with other youth groups and get a positive message of hope across through music and powerful testimonies.

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On 3rd and 4th August we took part in the Unity festival on Plymouth Hoe which was attended by the Lord Mayor of Plymouth and senior Police officers.  The young people were pleased to be able to perform in front of these guests and were given the opportunity to talk to them afterwards about their work and how it is helping other young people in saying No to antisocial activities and building self-esteem and emotional resilience.  We had very favourable feedback from those attending.
 

For more info:
allnations@allnationsministries.info