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May
9
Fri
Lads Weekend Away
May 9 @ 5:30 pm – May 11 @ 6:30 pm

Lads Adventure Weekend is here again… 9th-11th May 2014 October, Mountain Biking, Rope Courses, Canoeing, Lively Discussions, Good Food.

For more information please speak to Nahim (contact details above). Booking forms will be available soon!

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May
17
Sat
ENGAGE Birmingham (The Feast) – Youth Work Training Course
May 17 – Feb 21 all-day

PLEASE NOTE: Applications for the 2013/14 course are now closed, and the course commenced in September 2013. If you would like more information on future and other training events, please do get in contact. 

The Feast is very excited to be able to launch an exciting new training initiative in partnership with the Centre for Youth Ministry and the Christian Muslim Forum.

Commencing in September 2013 we are offering a Certificate at Level 3 ‘Assistant Youth Support Worker’ training course for Christian and Muslim youth workers. The course will include a dedicated theological reflection aspect for each faith.

What is it?

ENGAGE is an ‘open learning course’ which uses different elements to enable participants to learn more about youth work and to develop their own understanding and skills. It is a nationally accredited youth work practice programme leading to a certificate at Level 3, Assistant Youth Support Worker (A Level standard). This is the foundation level training required by local authority youth services.

The course will delivered by appropriately qualified and experienced tutors. These will include:

  • Geoff Harley-Mason – Lead Tutor and Tutor responsible for the Christian theological reflection.
  • Nahim Khan – Tutor responsible for the Muslim theological reflection.
Commitment for Certificate:
  • 30 hours of learning at 6 training days during the 12 months
  • 90 hours to read, study, reflect and write 4 assignments to be handed in over the course of the year
  • 96 hours of face to face youth work with 11-19 year olds
  • 22 hours of talking with your mentor

Where is it?

ENGAGE Birmingham – The Feast will be taking place in Sparkhill Birmingham, at the Faithful Neighbourhood Centre.

When is it?

The 6 training days will be held on the following Saturdays. Participants should be available to attend all the days. Please speak to one of the course tutors if this is a problem.

  • 14th September 2013
  • 9th November
  • 25th January 2014
  • 15th March
  • 17th May
  • 21st June

Who is it for?

ENGAGE is designed for people who work with young people in their spare-time or on a part-time basis. This award meets the requirements for assistant or full Youth Support Worker status; it is validated by NOCN and accredited by Staffordshire University. Completion of the course would put a youth worker in a good place to go on to a degree with a JNC qualification in youth work.

Quotes from current Engage learners-

“Interactive sessions, chance to discuss ideas/practice with other youth workers.”
“Full of useful resources and information.”
“Sharing ideas; good practice and time to think about and evaluate our own work.”

How much does it cost?

The course costs £450.

This includes your handbook, providing a tutor, marking all assignments up to two times, registration with the exam board and access to our online virtual learning environment. The full fee of £450, for the fully assessed and accredited course, should be paid at the start of the course

What do I need?

To complete the ENGAGE course, you will need:

  • A placement – where you are able to undertake practical youth work in a supportive environment. There should be opportunities to run a variety of youth work activities, so that you have plenty of practical experience to write and reflect on in your assignments. We can assist you in finding an appropriate placement.
  • A named Line Manager at this placement who is prepared to support your learning and write a report about your youth work.
  • A Mentor – who will support your personal development and meet with you to discuss and challenge your learning.
  • Access to a computer is preferable.
  • You will also need to pass a CRB/DBS check, and provide two suitable references.

How do I apply?

PLEASE NOTE THAT APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.
Please contact The Feast for more information on other training opportunities.  

Contact details for further information:

More information can be downloaded here; please do contact Geoff or Nahim if you are interested.

The Feast office 

The Faithful Neighbourhood Office:
10 Court Road
Sparkhill
Birmingham
B11 4LX 
contact@thefeast.org.uk
 
Geoff Harley-Mason
Geoffh-m@pobox.com
01564 775519
 
Nahim Khan
Nahim@thefeast.org.uk
07976 256360
Jun
11
Wed
The Feast Birmingham Youth Awards 2014
Jun 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Feast has a unique perspective on a diverse sample of young people in Birmingham.  While they may vary widely in faiths, cultures, geographical locations, socio-economic standing and academic performance and aspiration, they share traits that give us much hope for the future of our city and country.  It is these qualities and achievements which we believe should be celebrated and promoted.

The Feast is delighted to be hosting our first ever Youth Awards evening. We believe that we work with some remarkable young people, at schools, youthgroups and through our partner organisations, and are excited to be able to celebrate their achievements with them, their family and their friends, on our Youth Awards Night. We hope this evening will lift the aspirations of young people, and celebrate the achievements and the diversity of faiths, cultures, nationalities of our young people.

The Feast Youth Awards 2014 will take place on Wednesday 11th June 2014 at the Birmingham City Council Banqueting Suite, from 7pm until 9pm. Young people in the Birmingham area, between the ages of 11 and 18 can be nominated for awards. The award categories include Ambassador, Student Blogpost of the Year, Student Leader, Social Action, Good Neighbour and Schools Awards. Anyone can nominate a young person by submitting a nomination form online here. Nominations close at 5pm on Friday 23rd May 2014.

Distinguished guests from across the City will present the awards on the night. The evening will also feature performances from a selection of our talented young people, and promises to be a unique and exciting event and an unforgettable experience for all involved.

Event Aims:

  • To celebrate the achievements of young people, who have either –
    • been participants in The Feast’s various programmes (including school clubs, interfaith encounters or social action), or
    • been nominated by one of The Feast’s Partners – including schools, places of worship, charities we work with or youth workers who facilitate activities for The Feast.
  • To recognise young people who lift the aspirations of their peers.
  • To provide a opportunity for the family of our young people to share their in their positive achievement.
  • To celebrate the different faiths and cultures that make up our richly diverse city.

The Awards:

“Ambassador” Award

Who is this Award for?
A young person who has influenced others in their school, peer group, place of worship, family or community, to take a stand against prejudice and difference in society, and to meet up with people of another faith or culture to show we can all live well together.
How will this Award be judged?
Nominations for this Award will be collated and assessed by The Feast’s staff using feedback forms after events.

“Social Action” Award

Who is this Award for?
To a young person who has excelled in social action, and whose efforts have significantly contributed to positive change within their school or community.
This is Award is for someone who has demonstrated a commitment to, and a desire to initiate practical action in the service of others with the aim of creating positive social change to the benefit of the wider community, as well as the young person themselves.
How will this Award be judged?
Partners of The Feast will be asked to nominate individual young people for this Award, and nominations will be judged by The Feast team. To download a nomination form, please click here.

“Good Neighbour” Award

Who is this Award for?
This award is to be given in recognition of an individual who has not been afraid to cross boundaries that exist between them and people of another faith or culture, has acted as a good neighbour and who has been a good friend to those of another faith or culture.
How will this Award be judged?
Partners of The Feast will be asked to nominate individual young people for this Award, and nominations will be judged by The Feast team. To download a nomination form, please click here.

“Student Leader” Award

Who is this Award for?
Someone who has shown demonstrated leadership skills, and acted in a role of leadership and responsibility within their school and/or local community.
How will this Award be judged?
Students are asked to nominate themselves for this Award, and the winner will be judged by The Feast team – if you would like to nominate yourself for this Award, please click here for a nomination form, or speak to your schools/youth worker.

“Student BlogPost of the Year”

Who is this Award for?
This Award will be given in recognition of the best student blogpost from 2014. The blogpost must be a good written expression of their journey with The Feast in 2014; an honest story of a changed life. The post may be a paragraph or an essay, and should be free from bad grammar and mistakes. This is an excellent opportunity for students to develop their written style.
How will this Award be judged?
Students will be invited to nominate themselves for this Award, through the submission of a blogpost and the completion of a student nomination form. The winner will be judged by The Feast team. Please click here for a form, or speak to your schools/youth worker.

School Awards (x3)

Who is this Award for?
These awards will be given for a student’s personal achievement in the area of social cohesion, community building or peacemaking, as recognised by their school.
How will this Award be judged?
The winners of these Awards will each be chosen by The Feast’s three main schools.

For more information about the Awards, please click on the relevant link below, or contact a member of the Birmingham Team:
‘I’m a young person’
‘I’m from a school’
‘I’m a partner of The Feast’

Aug
18
Mon
Middle East/UK Exchange 2014
Aug 18 – Aug 25 all-day
Middle East/UK Exchange 2014 @ Birmingham/London | Salta Province | Argentina

A fantastic opportunity for Christian and Muslim young people aged 15-18 from the UK, Jordan and Lebanon to spend time getting to know each other and discussing culture, faith and life.

What? The Feast and Bridges for Communities are joining together for an exciting adventure that will enable young people to cross  cultural, national and religious boundaries in summer 2014.

Where? The exchange will take place at Woodlands Outdoor Centre in Sutton Coldfield for 5 days where we’ll spend time getting to know each  other, talking about our faiths and cultures as well as doing some exciting outdoor, trust-building activities such as abseiling and kayaking.
Accommodation at Woodlands will be in single-sex dormitories with separate wash facilities for men and women.
The final few days will be spent in London staying in a hostel, again in single-sex dormitories.

Who? We welcome young people age 15-18 from Christian or Muslim backgrounds to apply to come. You need to be willing to talk about your beliefs, listen to others and to make new friends.
We have 20 places available; 10 from the UK and 10 from the Middle-East. There will be places available for girls and boys, Christians and Muslims, from both locations.

Cost? We are offering a subsidised rate of £250 per person (including a £50 deposit) including accommodation, food, transport to London and activities. We’d encourage you to ask your place of worship and/or school to help towards this. The cost can be paid in installments, but must be completed 2 weeks prior to the trip.

What will the food be like? Whilst we’re in Birmingham (Monday-Friday) we’ll have food cooked by Feast staff. There’ll be plenty of food,
incorporating many cultures and cuisines.
When we’ll in London we’ll be eating out in cafés and restaurants around the city.
If you have any dietary requirements please let us know when booking and we’ll make sure you are catered for.

Who’s running the event? This event is being run in partnership with The Feast and Bridges for Communities. Both charities seek to build trust and friendship between Muslims and Christians.
Nahim Khan and Jenni Creasy from The Feast, and Dan Green from Bridges for Communities will be  running this event.
We take safety very seriously and all staff/volunteers are DBS checked and first-aid trained. The whole event will be fully risk assessed.

How do I get a place? Fill in the application form and send it to The Feast by 1st June, along with your  £50 deposit (details here). We recommend getting your form in as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment from all the places being filled!

More information is available on the event flyer.