Seventeen ‘troubled’ sixteen year olds, eight tents, three Mentors and me...in Wales...in the middle of British summertime. It was cold and very, very wet.
We made some progress and touched some lives, but I spent a lot of time dashing about, shouting instructions to avert disasters.
Fast forward a year and I’d learned a lot. This time five young people, accompanied by three leaders and one minibus packed with basic camping equipment and quick-cook pasta set off for four days in the Brecon Beacons at the end of the summer term.
When FaithAction, under the umbrella of LifeLine Projects, first started they did a survey of network members (now totalling 2400). One comment that was important to them was ‘we have never met the team in person, but we feel they speak for us.’ It’s very important to FaithAction to meet those who they represent, but more than that, it’s important that they can express their opinions: and that’s because they are similar, they do the same stuff in the same places - their feet are dirty - just as the feet of their members.
For over 10 years now LifeLine Projects in Barking and Dagenham have been the umbrella organisation who host this national network. With a mission to support the work of faith and community organisations, FaithAction works directly with a number of Government departments, runs an All-Party Parliamentary Group (in parliament) with MPs and Peers and delivers services, support and contracts throughout the country.
On Friday the 8th of July, LifeLine held a graduation event for its class of 2016. This celebration featured a range of guest speakers and presentations, concluding the evening with the awarding of certificates to graduating students. Family and friends who attended the event were able to see some of what students had accomplished over the year and what makes LifeLine what it is. LifeLine students from previous years were invited to speak to the graduating class and offer some advice regarding the next step after finishing their Secondary education. More speakers were present to inspire and advise the students…