St Peter’s Church is heavily focused on serving the local community through youth and children’s work. According to the 2011 census, 46.4% of local households had no adults in employment.
St Peter’s run a youth drop-in at the local youth centre, four times a week. This has been successful in building relationships with young people in the community. They see a diverse group of young people meeting for a space to play games, get something to eat and hang out after school. St Peter’s are expanding focused projects such as a football club and a music programme, including instrument teaching, music production and live performance.
During lockdown, the youth workers focused on outreach, meeting the young people on the streets and in the recreation ground – maintaining a positive relationship with them. This is now reaping rewards as the young people are returning to the youth centre and the positive activities offered there.
St Peter’s believe that relationship building is absolutely crucial for curbing anti-social behaviour and supporting the vulnerable. All the youth and children's work is currently supported by a team of overseas volunteers. These young adults dedicate a year to supporting the local youth and community work.
St Peter’s, West Molesey
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