Useful National Organisations
These organisations are all doing great work in places across the UK. We hope that you will find their websites to be useful resources. Please note that not all of these organisations are Christian. Click on the name or organisation's logo to visit their website (opens in a new window).
731 is a not-for-profit organisation that uses the Creative Industries to further the education and skills of serving prisoners, ex-offenders and disengaged young people. Click on the logo to visit the website.
'Serving, inspiring and equipping Christians working in education.' A non-denominational Christian member organisation that provides professional support to Christians engaged in education. Useful reviews, resources and briefing papers. Helps to connect you with the educational issues of the day. Click on the logo to visit the website.
Action for Children's mission is to provide EVERY child in the UK a safe and happy childhood and the foundations to thrive. From their humble beginnings as a single children’s home set up by Methodist Minister Reverend Thomas Bowman Stephenson in 1869, they still have a strong connection with church communities today.
Though a national charity, they have 5 services in Yorkshire alone providing urgent foster care, a prison mother and baby unit, support for young carers, and pre-natal services for mothers-to-be struggling with poverty, domestic violence or substance misuse. Click on the logo to visit their website.
The Archbishop of York Youth Trust's aim is to empower a generation of young people to transform society. The Trust was established by Dr John Sentamu, the 97th Archbishop of York, in 2009. The Youth Trust is founded on Christian values and is inclusive to all in its ethos and activities. They believe that every young person is unique, of great worth, and has the potential to change our communities for the better. The Trust exists to empower young people to serve their generation, putting the needs of others before themselves, as displayed in the life of Jesus and people from many faith traditions. Click on the logo to visit the website.
The Bible Society seeks to help everyone engage with the life-transforming truths of the Bible; distributing, translating and creating ways to engage with it that are relevant to today's society. Click on the logo to visit the website.
Bristol Schools Connection provides coaching, training and consultancy to churches who wish to develop a supportive relationship with their local school. They help schools to reimagine spiritual development and equip the local church to contribute in a relevant and credible way. Click on the logo to find out more at their website.
'Making a Christian difference for the sake of the future.' One of CARE’s goals is to assist Christians to understand the social and moral issues in public policy, education and the community. CARE monitors and contributes to the process of influencing education policy and practice. It helps to connect you and involve you with educational issues. Click on the logo to visit the website.
Emerge is a Christian youth work charity working in Bradford and London inspiring young people to transform their lives and communities at home, in school and on the streets. Click on the logo to visit the website.
The Frontier Youth Trust works with young people at risk towards justice, equality and community. They have connections with various youth projects and also produce resources. Click on the logo to visit the website.
GSUS Live is a mobile education unit which is a multi-media classroom in a lorry trailer. It tells the story of three teenagers facing real-life issues in their lives, and how they get inspiration from the Bible to deal with their problems. Aimed at KS3 students. Click on the logo to visit the website.
Girls' Brigade Ministries has a vision to see lives and communities transformed and enriched as generations seek, serve and follow Jesus Christ. Click on the logo to visit the website.
Godly Play is a creative and imaginative approach to Christian nurture that includes an exploration of a Bible story using objects and artefacts. It seeks to help children discover God and to nourish their spiritual development. Click here for more information about Godly Play in Sheffield. Click on the image above to visit the Godly Play UK website.
The Higher Tour wants to 'present the good news of Jesus Christ to tens of thousands of young people and see thousands making a decision to become lifelong disciples of Jesus'. They can visit your school for a day and deliver a blend of assemblies, lessons, workshops and performances. There is no cost to the school. Click on the logo to visit the website.
Every 15 minutes a child comes into care in the UK. Home for Good believes that we all have a part to play to ensure that every child has the home they need. They work to mobilise the Church in the UK to respond to the needs of vulnerable children through families stepping forward to foster or adopt and churches wrapping around families with support, and to influence wider society through advocacy and engagement to create systemic change. Click on the logo to visit their website.
Hope UK is a national charity providing drug and alcohol education and training for children and young people, parents and youth workers. They equip young people to make drug free choices. Click on the logo to visit the website. They have a resources section on their website which is full of online resources for schools, churches and families to use at home.
The vision of Join the Dots is to empower youth and children's workers to confidently build trauma sensitive faith cultures, in order that those who have experienced adversity, feel safe, loved and go on to develop a secure identity in Christ. Click on the logo to visit the website.
Kids Matter has a vision to see every child in need raised in a strong family. Research has shown that the most effective, early intervention to help children is group-based parenting programmes. Kids Matter programmes equip parents and carers in the community who are raising their children in economic disadvantage, with the confidence, competence, and community, they need to enable their children to thrive. Through partnering with the local church to run their programmes they want to reduce the impact of poverty on children. Click on the logo to find out more.
There was a statistic saying that just 50% of children growing up in Christian homes kept their faith into adulthood. The Kitchen Table Project from Care for the Family has been set up to help parents and carers inspire a faith that lasts in the next generation. The good news is, you don’t need to be an expert to nurture a living faith at home or help kids to enjoy a deep and personal relationship with God. Click on the logo to find out more about the Kitchen Table Project.
The Kitchen Table Project also has a resources section with downloads and great ideas for activities.
Lightspace seek to serve by supporting primary school age children as they grow in their knowledge and understanding of Christianity within the school day. They provide high quality and creative resources to communicate to children in a contemporary and accessible way and offer support to the whole school community’s wellbeing through pastoral care and chaplaincy. Click on the logo to find out more.
The vision of Living Stones Educational Trust is to share the love of God by supporting children, families and schools in Newton Heath, working holistically to help raise educational attainment and resilience. Click on the logo to visit their website.
Lord Wharton's (Bible) Charity was founded in 1696 and provides free Bibles to children and young people. An application form and more information is on their website. Click on the picture of Lord Wharton to find out more.
Magic Breakfast are a registered charity aiming to end hunger as a barrier to education in UK schools through the provision of healthy breakfasts to children living with food poverty. Click on the logo to visit the website.
In a society where manhood is rarely understood, ManMade is a resource to help teenage lads become young men. Boys rarely mark the transition into manhood, they simply drift into adult life. ManMade is a resource that unpacks this transition with six core values, based on the life of Jesus. Click on the logo to visit the website.
The Meaningful Chocolate Company produces the Real Easter Egg which shares the Easter story through a book included with a fairtrade chocolate egg, supporting charitable projects as a result. They also sell the UK’s only Fairtrade Advent calendar which comes with a free 24 page Christmas story-activity book and supports charitable causes. The Real Advent Calendar is designed to share and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas so that Christ is not written out of Christmas. Why not use it in classrooms as a basis for discussion? Click on the logo to visit the website.
The Naked Truth Project aims to tackle pornography and has some useful advice for parents and carers, including practical help on installing filters on computers and phones. Click on the logo to visit the website.
Open the Book (OtB) offers primary school children an opportunity to hear key Bible stories told by a team of Christians from local churches, who present the stories during assemblies or acts of collective worship. Teams of volunteer storytellers use drama, mime, props and costume to present Bible stories in ways that are lively, engaging, informative and great fun for everyone involved. This is a great way to connect with your local school. Several Sheffield Schools already have OtB teams who visit regularly. Find out more about Open the Book at taster events run by CaSS or click on the logo to visit the Open the Book website for more information.
'Making every school a prayed for school'. The vision of Pray for Schools is to mobilise Christians to support their school communities through prayer. It offers great resources and ideas and is good for school prayer groups. Click on the logo to visit the website.
Prayer Spaces in Schools 'enable children and young people to explore faith and spirituality from a broadly Christian perspective in a safe, creative and interactive way'. Click on the logo to visit the website.
Primetime Bradford is a Children and Young People’s Project based in the local community of BD4. Young people are the focus of everything they do and it is their belief that by offering opportunities for children and young people to develop outside of their home and school life, they are helping to ensure young people are heard, valued and understood locally. Primetime Bradford delivers a variety of activities for local children and young people. Click on the logo to visit the website.
Redthread is a charity set up by Christians that supports young people to break their cycle of violence. Redthread supports young people to overcome challenges and obstacles, helping them to become a more integrated part of their local community. Click on the logo to visit the website.
School Pastors is an initiative of Ascension Trust (who also set up the perhaps better known Street Pastors). The role of the School Pastors is to 'promote safety and aim to reduce anti-social behaviour. School pastors are there to listen, care and help young people to become good citizens.' Their website contains lots of information about becoming a School Pastor. Click on the logo to visit the website.
'Resources, inspiration and training for Christian schools work.' This is a really useful site, full of information and excellent creative ideas. It is well worth a visit and highly recommended. Click on the logo to visit the website.
'Helping you journey into faith with the 95% of under 18s not in church'. Working in schools is one of Scripture Union's main priorities. CaSS is a local mission partner of Scripture Union and receives valuable support from them. SU publishes a number of very useful school related resources and they also run a number of very helpful courses. Click on the logo to visit the website.
This is a free resource for groups looking to organise an alternative to a Halloween Party. Halloween is also the Christian festival of All Hallows’ Eve and All Saints’ Day, which remembers the lives of those Christians who gave up everything for their faith in Jesus. Most children know nothing of this. Click on the logo to visit the website.
TISCA is an association of teachers and others concerned to promote Christian values in the independent schools of the UK and around the world. Click on the logo to visit the website.
A national Christian education charity providing 1:1 mentoring in schools with children at risk of exclusion. Watch this video to see some great stories of local churches connecting with local schools to serve children, young people and families through partnership with TLG. Click on the logo to visit the website.
The Feast is a Christian charity that started in Birmingham. They work to promote community cohesion between young people of different faiths and cultures. Click on the logo to visit the website
The Trussell Trust supports a nationwide network of food banks and together they provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty, and campaign for change to end the need for food banks in the UK. In the UK, more than 14 million people are living in poverty – including 4.5 million children. The Trust supports more than 1,200 food bank centres in the UK to provide a minimum of three days’ nutritionally-balanced emergency food to people who have been referred in crisis, as well as support to help people resolve the crises they face. Click on the logo to find out more.
The Ugly Duckling Company produce resources that aim to encourage people to think about the 'big and not so big questions in life'. Their 'table talk' packs of cards are available for different ages and social groups. The 12-14 year old pack explores issues around Identity, Friendships, Technology, Home life, Transition and Opinions. Click on the logo to visit the website.
Supporting and equipping children, families, young people, young adults and those engaging with them to help build an intergenerational church where everyone belongs. We provide free resources, training (face to face and online), events and more for 0-25s, their families and those who engage with them. The URC has a great page of resources for working with children, young people and families.
The Archbishop of York's Youth Trust Young Leaders Award is a unique active citizenship programme which empowers young people to make a difference in their local community whilst growing in key leadership skills at the same time. Click on the logo to visit the website.
YFC is a national Christian charity that was founded by Billy Graham in 1946. Working with over 250,000 young people each month, they draw alongside children, teens and young adults from every background and culture in Britain. Click on the logo to visit the website.
Youthscape has been serving young people since 1993. Their Centre for Research is dedicated to studying the ever-shifting landscape of youth culture so that you can better help young people. They also provide diverse services supporting youth work across the UK. They provide national training courses catered to both professionals and youth workers, covering issues like self-harm, anxiety and emotional wellbeing. They also have an online store to help provide the tools you need to best serve young people today.