The Youth Provision Development Project is an exciting and new initiative launched in April 2018 by Blackburn Diocese Board of Education. The project seeks to enable parishes to take their next steps with their Youth Provision and instill greater confidence by supporting them in offering different styles of provision for young people (aged 11-18 years old).


The project has the working title of ‘Youth Provision Development Project’ (this may be replaced by something more snappy) and will be overseen and run by the Youth Provision Development Team (YPDT). The initial team is made up of Tabs Halliwell who was previously based at St Wilfrid’s Academy in Blackburn, Opa Geibel who is still based part time at St Aidan’s School in Preesall and Ben Green the Diocesan Youth Adviser.


What’s it all about?

The YPDT will work to help your church in taking the steps needed to create a sustainable youth provision.

This may involve:

  • the training of volunteers and church leaders
  • initiating new approaches to outreach & discipleship
  • helping to develop the culture of your church family

The YPDT will accompany you on this journey, supporting and assisting you with every step.


What’s the dream?

Our heart is to see teams of volunteers equipped and empowered to lead with confidence. We dream about seeing an increase in parishes actively engaged in offering provision for young people, provision that adapts to best suit the needs of young people, led by those embracing a calling to minister to them. We are passionate to see a dramatic rise in the number of young people connecting with parish youth provision and, ultimately, becoming a part of the local church family.


How are we going to achieve our dream?

The Youth Provision Development Project has big aims and dreams, but these won’t happen overnight, or even in its first year. So, over the next year (April 2018-April 2019), we will be working with several churches from across the diocese, on a pilot basis. This will help us to test and hone the different aspects of support that we offer, so that from April 2019 we can upscale the project once secure funding is in place.


Want more information or to get involved?

We will be hosting two information evenings as stated below. You are very welcome to join us, whether you want to find out more or just be nosy! If you wish to join us, it would be great if you could invite your Vision Champions and any leaders overseeing the children’s and youth provision already taking place in your church.


Tuesday 20th November 2018

(St Stephen’s Church – Burnley)

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On both evenings refreshments will be available from 7pm with events starting at 7.30pm.

If you are interested in knowing more about the Youth Provision Development Project but are unable to attend one of the evenings please do get in touch at, so that we can arrange a time to meet with you.