Listen, Understand, Respond: A Foundation for tackling Serious Youth Violence by Selina Stone

Over the coming weeks and months I have invited key professionals to write a piece on my blog about ideas on how we can combat the Gangs and Serious Youth Violence issue in the UK. Our first guest blogger is Selina Stone who looks at the importance of listening to the voice of the perpetrator to help us develop strategies in combating the gangs and serious youth violence issue.

Listen, Understand, Respond: A Foundation for tackling Serious Youth Violence by Selina Stone

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply” – Stephen Covey

In the area of Serious Youth Violence there are many voices to be heard; the newsreader relaying the media story, the police condemning the crime, the victim’s family demanding justice. There is a place given to every voice, except the voice of the one who has committed the crime. In general, we do not recognise the importance of listening when it comes to those who commit acts of violence. Why should we care what they have to say? Because the key to an effective response can be found in the act of listening; not to reply, but to understand.

So what do I mean by ‘listening’ and why is it so essential?

The temptation for any person who wants to create change is to begin with ideas of what needs to be done. This tendency exists because we assume we already understand what the problem is. We have various means of informing our understanding; we can read statistics on the current picture, we can depend on our own lived experience or the reflections of those who have gone before us. All of these sources of understanding take us away from the reality that regardless prior knowledge, nothing is more important than the stories of those whose lives we want to see transformed.

‘Listening is the process through which speech and information is retrieved by an individual before proceeding to storage.[1]

As a community organiser at the Centre for Theology and Community, I depend on 121 meetings to drive the social justice issues we choose to tackle at the grassroots. Before we consider setting an agenda or strategy we begin by listening to the stories of the people who live and work around us. The listening campaign uncovers shared concerns or issues, helps us to clarify a clear objective and to identify leaders. Rather than exerting political power over communities, grassroots organising seeks to develop relational power with people. It is through listening that we uncover what makes people angry, what their self-interest is and who the leaders are who can make change happen.

So how does this relate to youth violence?

Each young person has a story that explains why they think or feel the way they do and how they have ended up where they are in life. The process of storytelling allows them firstly to recognise themselves. A person is able to acknowledge their life journey with its defining moments and influential relationships in order to understand how they have become who they are. The sense of identity and self-understanding this brings causes each of us to have the confidence to imagine the kind of future we want for ourselves.

When we help a young person tell their story and we choose to listen, we give them the respect and dignity due to all human beings. It is an act of humility on our part to listen, acknowledging that in that time and place, what the other person has to say is more important than what we want to communicate.

“(Some young people may have) difficulties understanding and expressing emotions, or (display) challenging behaviour as a means to communicate feelings.”[2]

Aside from the stories of individuals, we must also become experts at listening to the collective story being told by the young generation, including those engaged in violence and crime. Nonverbal communication is as essential to informing our understanding as verbal communication. Young people communicate individually through their choices of dress, their facial expressions and their life choices. Collectively, they communicate through their common interests, trends of behaviour and attitudes which become defining aspects of their generation. Before we seek to address social trends and impacts of serious youth violence, we must be willing to listen to the individual and collective stories of young people. Only through this act of humility will be equipped to reply effectively to young people and to wider society.

So what we can do?

This ‘listening to understand’ needs to take place in our families, in our friendship groups, in our faith communities and in wider society.

How well do we understand the young people in our homes and families? How much time do we spend time listening to those who attend our churches, youth clubs or mosques? How well do we understand the young people we are friends with? Do we take time to listen to young people in prisons or detention centres? Do we know the young people in our neighbourhoods?

Through a regular commitment to 121 conversations we can discover the stories of these young people and work with them to redefine their lives with a brighter future. Violence does not have to be the final voice in the lives of our youth.

Selina Stone

Twitter: @Selinars1

Selina Stone is a church based community organiser working to develop the capacity of churches to work on issues of justice in their communities. Her PhD research is looking at the significance of justice in Pentecostal understandings of salvation and mission. Selina currently works for The Centre for Theology and Community



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Gangology Debuts on Blab

Last night Ray Douglas from Gangology hosted his first blab for serious youth violence practitioners. The live video forum allowed professionals to discuss a variety of topics from gangs, knife crime, the prison system and much more. People could interact in many different ways. It was a lively two hour conversation. If you missed it you can replay the blab here.

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Project Mosaic Faith and Gangs Conference Press Release March 11th

Police in Greenwich have launched the first faith and gangs conference of its kind on 11th March.
The conference has stemmed from ‘Project Mosaic’, a joint initiative bringing together leaders from all faiths across Greenwich, together with the NHS, the Royal Borough of Greenwich and police.
The project, which seeks to increase community safety and confidence in the police and other agencies, also aims to enhance youth safety and increase access to the range of youth provision and activities in the borough. 
In 2013, officers across Greenwich, led by Detective Chief Inspector Mike Balcombe, began mapping a list of faith leaders and their congregations together with youth activities run by them.
A working group was also established earlier on in the mapping process involving Greenwich community faith leaders, police, The Royal Borough of Greenwich, NHS Greenwich, Charlton Athletic Community Trust and the Greenwich Action for Voluntary Service.
The faith and gangs conference, which was fully booked and attended by 70 people, was opened by Greenwich Borough Commander, Chief Superintendent, Helen Millichap.
Detectives from Greenwich, with an extensive experience in gangs, gave a presentation about the work police and the Royal Borough of Greenwich are doing to target those responsible for violence and drug dealing through the council-funded Greenwich Violent and Organised Crime Unit (VOCU). 
Officers also explained how council, youth workers, local charities, NHS Greenwich and police are working together to help young people, who come to their attention, and divert them towards college, educational programmes and local activities such as those promoted by the Charlton Athletic Community Trust.
Faith leaders including Adel Khaireh, youth project coordinator at the Greenwich Islamic centre, and Pastor Benjamin Lindsay, from the Emmanuel Church in Greenwich, spoke passionately about different strategies faith organisations and their leaders can adopt to connect with young people and help those who may join gangs.
Nick Darvill, Crime Reduction Manager, from the Charlton Athletic Community Trust, also explained how football and sport can help young people and how the work of the trust guides them back into education and employment.
Three parents whose children had been directly involved in gangs also spoke at the conference about the impact this had on their family.
Other speakers and subject-matter experts were invited to participate and contribute to the conference.
Detective Chief Inspector Mike Balcombe, who set up Project Mosaic said; “We recognise that faith leaders and the youth activities they offer can play a pivotal role in engaging with young people, diverting them from crime. 
“The aim of Project Mosaic is to open the channels of communication and establish a network between faith leaders, police, NHS and those running youth activities. This is the first network of its kind; the vast interest in this faith and gangs conference demonstrates Project Mosaic’s initial success in strengthening links across the faith communities. We plan to follow this conference with further events. 
“We are hoping that more young people at risk of getting involved in crime will be referred to the appropriate agencies in a timely manner; this will help police and council to ensure that we help and support as many young people as possible.
“I am also hoping that this newly created network will give us the opportunity to share crime prevention advice and gain the confidence and trust of local faith communities.”
In the last six months, as part of Project Mosaic, 130 faith leaders from across the borough of Greenwich have attended training sessions provided by police, Royal Borough of Greenwich, NHS Greenwich and voluntary organisations on a variety of matters including safeguarding children, gangs, youth violence and domestic violence.
Ray Douglas delivers his talk on the impacts of media on young people

Benjamin Lindsay challenges faith leaders to invest and engage with agenta of gangs and serious youth violence

Andrez Harriott speaks on the history of gang intervention in the UK

Faith and council leaders of the Royal Borough of Greenwich



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Wednesday 11th March 2015, 9:30AM – 4PM

You are invited to The Project Mosaic Greenwich Faith & Gangs Conference 2015, a gangs and serious violence conference to educate and up-skill Faith Leaders, Faith Groups and Faith Based Organisations.

Project Mosaic
The mission of Project Mosaic is to engage the faith communities of Royal Borough of Greenwich by opening up communication channels, facilitating learning about key community issues and pathways to further support. Through working together we seek to increase community safety and confidence in the police, support agencies and groups. We also seek to enhance youth safety and confidence by engaging with youth workers and young people to increase access to the range of youth provision and activities in the borough.

Date & Time: Wednesday 11th March 2015, 9:30AM – 4PM

Venue: The Gallery in the Woolwich Centre, SE18 6HQ


Who should attend: Faith Leaders, Members of Faith Groups and Youth Workers

Cost: Free

Lunch will be provided

To book please contact:


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Press release:


At Monday’s Policing Global Cities: Gangs Summit the Mayor launched the London Crime Reduction Board’s (LCRB) Strategic Ambitions for London: Gangs and Serious Youth Violence.

The full strategy is available to download here.

The LCRB, set up and chaired by the Mayor, drafted the first ever pan-London gangs strategy in December 2012, galvanising the capital’s agencies to fight back against then rising gang violence.

Alongside the Metropolitan Police Services Trident Gang Crime Command, we have made significant progress over the past few years, including a reduction of 23% in gang crime during 2013/14.

With more effective enforcement and fewer violent gang members at large, the space has been created to redirect efforts towards prevention, though intervention and enforcement remain key.

Our work to come is detailed within the strategy, but a few highlights are:

Prevention — stopping young people from getting involved in gangs by making sure every London school has access to gang prevention programmes, focusing on children that are at risk, and supporting those transitioning from primary to secondary school.

Intervention — introducing a pan-London gang exit service to stop the cycle of reoffending and get gang members into stable jobs and housing, whilst addressing the mental health problems and trauma of both gang members and their victims.

Enforcement — maintaining the resources of the Trident Gang Crime Command at their current level, ensuring the risk that gang members pose is judged consistently across the criminal justice system, and seizing the assets of gang offenders so they don’t profit from crime.

Creating lasting change takes time, and much hard work and cooperation will be required in order for these Strategic Ambitions to be realised. The importance of bringing partners and the VCS together to ensure support for what works and encourage collaboration, innovation and efficiency was made clear through the consultation. Our next step will be to establish a London Gangs and Youth Violence Network to help the VCS join with us in bringing this strategy to fruition.

You can read the full strategy online or request a hard copy by return email. If you would like to receive regular email updates from MOPAC please register here.

This strategy is the product of extensive consultation. We would like to thank all of our partners for the role they have played in shaping it, and look forward to working with you in making it a success.

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Friend of Croydon stab victim Fico Dougan makes anti-knife crime film

By Georgie Keate

A CHILDHOOD friend of stabbed schoolboy Fico Dougan has made a film about knife crime in the hope teenagers will start taking the problem seriously.

BRIT School Roshan Roberts-Crooks, 17, has made a video called Fico Dougan: Priceless Potential to demonstrate how prevalent youth violence is.

“You hear about things but you think it’s just someone else’s nightmare,” she said.

“Then it happens to you and you lose a friend and you realise it can happen to anyone.”

Seventeen-year-old Fico Dougan died in September last year after he was stabbed at a friend’s house in Broad Green.

Set against newsreels from several incidents where teenagers have been stabbed in London, Kat Sound – a fellow pupil at BRIT School pupil – narrates a poem over the footage.

“What is the price of life, when people use knives instead of their minds?” she asks.

She goes on to say: “Knives have become the vital puzzle-piece of survival on the street.”

Miss Roberts-Crooks said she felt very strongly about this and the feeling among the younger generation that they had plenty to be scared of.

“When my brother was a bit younger he was too scared to walk down certain streets,” she said.

“If he saw a certain group of boys he would turn around and walk somewhere else.

“Kids shouldn’t have to grow up feeling like that and I think it will affect you later in life.

“A lot of young people who have seen terrible things or know things that have happened to their friends don’t have anyone to turn to talk about it.”

In the three-minute film, as photos of Fico as a baby and toddler scroll cross the screen, the poem continues: “My shoulders feel heavy with the weight of his laugh. I can still hear it dancing in the back of my ears.

“He was priceless potential – humble, loving, kind and influential.”

A trial date has been set for a 16-year-old accused of murdering Fico. The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has not entered a plea but his trial is due to take place at the Old Bailey from May 12
Fico Dougan: Priceless Potential By Roshan Roberts-Crooks video .

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Lack of joined-up mental health support fails young offenders

Young offenders are failing to get adequate mental health support when they move into the adult system, an independent review of the criminal justice system has found.

Click here for full article

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Girls and Gangs – Centre for Social Justice Report


Press Release

This report shines a light on the harrowing reality of gang life for girls and young women.

In conducting this research, the CSJ and XLP have engaged with a wide range of individuals and organisations involved in gangs from across the UK, drawing on the expertise of the CSJ’s 350-strong Alliance of poverty-fighting charities. We spoke to many girls and young women who are or have been gang-associated and more than 30 organisations working to tackle gang problems.

The stories we have heard shocked us, and reveal a parallel world that too few policy makers understand. We have heard about the toll gang life is taking on their education, and their families, friends and communities; the horror of sexual exploitation; and of an increase in criminal activity. Yet we also found several things that can be done to help girls exit gang association such as mapping the problem, and taking advantage of specific ‘windows of opportunity’ to access girls.

We hope that this research gives policy makers and community leaders an insight into a world that has been long-neglected, and empowers them to help support girls to exit gang association.

Full Report

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The mental health of young men in #gangs

Psychiatric illness is increasingly becoming a problem among young men who are members of gangs. This is the suggestion of new research led by Queen Mary, University of London, which surveyed 4,664 UK males aged 18 to 34 and looked at measures of psychiatric illness, violence and gang membership.

It was found that such are the high levels of psychiatric illness among this demographic, that a heavy burden is being placed on mental health services as a result.

Indeed, the findings revealed gang members and violent males are considerably more likely to suffer from a mental disorder or require the assistance of psychiatric services compared to men who do not take part in such activity.

Professor Jeremy Coid, Director of the Forensic Psychiatry Research Unit at the university, said: “It is probable that, among gang members, high levels of anxiety disorder and psychosis were explained by post-traumatic stress disorder, the most frequent psychiatric outcome of exposure to violence.”

Dr Ian Gargan C Psychol, the chair of our Division of Forensic Psychology, comments:

“Google Ideas established a ‘Summit Against Violent Extremism’ a number if years ago. The purpose of this summit was for ex-gang members to describe their experiences while reconciling with victims of violent extremism.

“I was asked to provide psychology support during the summit for those who were upset, despondent and traumatised by talking as well as re-experiencing emotions associated with violence. It was an inspiring and truly educational experience while clinically challenging.

“It is clear that childhood and teenager experiences of loss, poor identity and trauma contributed to many individuals decisions to join hangs. That trauma was them compounded due to the witnessing and perpetration of violence against others while trying to confirm despite emotional conflict. These ‘gang’ experiences exacerbated existing psychological challenges and fuelled developing psychopathology.

“Those who left the gangs had done very well and were happier people, but only with significant support from family, friends and mental health professionals.

“Pre-gang development is likely to have initiated psychology disharmony contribution to various mental difficulties. The gang membership served to exacerbate the psychopathology.

“I wrote a paper about the experience which is available in the Journal of Aggression, Conflict Resolution and Peace.”

Source The British Psychological Society

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@newdayevent 2013 @RhythmFactory10 Reflections and Observations #YOLO#SWAG#PEAK


Well that was an interesting week.

First a little history. My first experience of Newday was as a youth leader for Kings Church London back in 2007. We took a 100 plus young people from Catford, SE London to Uttoxeter race course in Derby. In a nutshell I felt for the young people we brought with us. Most were Newfrontiers veterans who grew up in this movement and were well accustomed to camping. Talks by Joel Virgo and Stef Liston, seminar streams and Paul Oakley and Matt Redman style worship were the norm. But for many of the young people it was like being a fish out of water. Inner city children, many black, were expected to engage with a culture which was completely foreign to them. Even for myself, aged 29 at the time, and had been in Newfrontiers for 7 years, found the Newday environment a difficult one to participate in and to connect with. The one attempt to engage with these Catford young people was a tent with two broken turn tables playing inappropriate Hip Hop for a Jesus Camp.

I left confused and disheartened and wondered how the gospel could possibly be presented to inner city children in a more accessible way. All around the main meeting, I saw predominately white middle class children meeting with God powerfully, being equipped and commissioned for mission, while inner city children (white & black) were outside the big top meeting, left to their own devises. My own experience of Jesus Camp, Spring harvest was similar but that was in the 80’s and 90’s. Surely we had moved on?

After the 2008 Newday, I was done. I had just helped plant Emmanuel Church London with Stu Gibbs and I was working for the Lewisham Youth Offending service. My two main passions were being met and I trusted God that when the time was right I would re-visit my ire and vexation of Newday. What I didn’t expect was for that opportunity to arise so quickly. It was early 2009 when I was asked by Newday, Jaz Potter specifically, to develop a cafe that would engage the ‘urban youth’ at Newday. Although I have problem with the term ‘urban’, I decided to take on the challenge. We owed it to the increasing number of inner city youth coming to Newday to provide something they could relate to.


At Newday 2009, The Rhythm Factory was born. With the help of my wife and many people from Emmanuel Church London, we developed dance, music production, beatbox and graf workshops for the daytime element of the The Rhythm Factory. In the evening we managed to attract the best in ‘urban’ gospel talent featuring the likes of Faith Child, Victizzle, Tunday, Jaharziel and a 19 year old kid from Essex called Guvna B who had an anthem called Kingdom Skank circulating on the scene. It worked well. Ok thats an understatement. It kicked off. Guvna B even performed Kingdom Skank in the main meeting. Finally these young people had a home. Churches from Catford, Bermondsey, Croydon were happy, the ‘Bosses’ were happy and I was happy. Job done.

Then August 2011 happened.

By this time we had being delivering the Rhythm Factory at Newday for 2 years and the format had been established. In my own walk with God, I was about to be made an Elder at Emmanuel Church London and I was preaching regularly. One of the many problems with me is that I get bored easily. I was already thinking that the format of the Rhythm Factory was getting tired. I felt we needed to be not just giving the children entertainment, not just teaching them how to Kingdom Skank but solid biblical teaching preparing these inner city children for a post Newday world was necessary. Many of these young people come from the most horrific circumstances – domestic abuse, sexual abuse, gang violence, substance misuse and poor mental health. In my job, I was dealing with gang violence and teenage murders weekly. I still felt Newday were not providing answers to these specific issues, for these specific type of young people who were now attending Newday on mass. To be honest, why would they? The issues in Lewisham compared to Eastbourne were worlds apart. But I still felt if Newday were opening up the gates to this new demographic, then provide for their needs. If I’m honest it felt like as long as the Rhythm Factory provided a place for these kids to have a good time, we ticked a box. The problem was that when we spoke to these kids on a level, crazy situations and confessions would come out of the conversations. There was no where to park these discussions. My dissatisfaction was growing.

The weekend after the 2011 Newday, the riots happened. I felt for the children in the RF had been entertained at Newday but I had done them a disservice by not equipping them to the harsh reality the riots brought to the forefront of their lives.

I was done. Finished. The next two years of Newday, I deliberately kept my distance. I was angry, frustrated and annoyed that Newday didn’t see the urgency of teaching specifically to these inner city youth. I saw these children as future leaders, game changers, movers and shakers for Christ. Why did no one else see this? I was upset that what I saw on the main stage didn’t represent their reality and that it appeared that only a few people cared what was happening to these inner city young people. I wanted no part of this. I was happy to focus on my role at Emmanuel and continue fighting the fight at local and central government level in my job.

But I couldn’t get these verses out of mind:

Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause. (Isaiah 1:16, 17 ESV)

The fatherless generation has always played a massive part of why I do Newday and this theme of fatherlessness kept returning to me. A lot of these children from inner city situations had no one to look up to and no one to listen to. The gospel, the answer to understanding who we truly are, was not reaching these young people. Early in 2013 my friend, Owen Hylton, asked me to get back involved in the RF. Owen, now on the management team at Newday, had observed how impactful the RF could be, but also found its lack of bite and reach frustrating.

After a two year break, I felt the time was right to get back involved, but on one condition. We were allowed to run a seminar stream, hosted by the Rhythm Factory for the type of young people we would normally see attending our cafe. I wanted complete control of design, planning and implementation of the stream. Owen agreed and #YOLO #SWAG #PEAK was born.

The basic premiss was to host a week of deconstructing contemporary POP and HIP HOP culture, equipping young men and women to live powerfully through Christ in their day to day lives, looking specifically at the biblical principles in Romans 12. In my experience of working with young people, they can only really focus fully for about 20-25 minutes, so we wanted interaction. Each seminar had a 5 minute video testimony, a talk which was no longer than 25-30 minutes long and then a 30 minute ministry time.

Myself and the fantastic Charlie Rumsby from Revelation Church created and hosted the stream. The five seminar talks were 1) #YOLO (YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE) by myself, exploring what Romans 12 says about Y.O.L.O culture and asks the question ‘Who or what are you conforming to?’ 2) Watch the Throne by Charlie Rumsby examining the topic of belonging, looking at what Romans 12 has to say about the issues peer pressure, gang association and identity. 3) OBEY! – Obedience is boring, right? by Dan Frammingham looking at what Romans 12 says about being obedient and being consistent in your Christian walk 4) God Forgives, I Don’t by Tristan Newman looking at what Romans 12 says about anger, conflict and the power of forgiveness and finally 5) #thatpower by myself and Livy Gibbs exploring the Bible’s definition of power and to facilitate the Holy Spirit to unleash #thatPOWER on those in the seminar.

The response from delegates, youth leaders and has been overwhelming. “real” “straight talking” “easy to understand” “life changing” “relatable” have been some of the words used. One youth leader even said “thank you for cutting out the bull s***” (are we allowed to swear as Christians?). All the ministry times went over by about an hour. Young people who would not normally go to the main meeting were meeting with God powerfully. It was such a beautiful thing to see. One pleasant surprise was the diversity in the room. We were averaging 250-300 young people a day in our seminars and it was such a mix in terms of ethnicity. I have always said that things have changed. Attempting to navigate through popular culture is no longer such a niche task. When I was a teen and wanted to listen to music or watch things that were not mainstream, I had to really hunt for the things that interested me and subcultures developed. Now, with the Internet and fast moving technology, everyone can access everything so easily. Barriers have come down. What an inner city youth listens to is now the same as a kid from the valleys.

A personal highlight was my good friend Tristan’s talk on forgiveness. We prayed and fasted as a team and church before Newday and someone brought a picture that our seminars would be like a thunderstorm, like the heavens opening in our seminar stream. This happened – literally (we had buckets to catch the water) when Tristan spoke. God moved so powerfully. Tristan opened up about the most personal and private things and young people responded. What I also loved, was the synergy of our seminar with Joel Virgo talking on forgiveness in the 15-18’s in the big top on the same day. This wasn’t planned but I think this is a good model for the future. The fact that Joel plugged our seminar meant we were not seen as an additional extra but part of the DNA of Newday. It was a good look.

This quote from the Newday news letter meant a lot to myself and the team:

“The Rhythm Factory has always been a popular venue, particularly with young people from urban contexts. The team are going all out this year to ensure that the teaching meets their needs as much as the entertainment does. From what we’ve seen, they’re doing a great job of engaging minds as well as hearts”

I met some incredible people this week. Young people are truly great. From ‘Man Like Malcom’ to the girls from the Plumstead church who were ever present, there were some fantastic youth who I will be forever inspired by. The motto in the Rhythm Factory was that God Transforms Minds, to Transform Lives so you can Transform Cities #TTT. This is my prayer that the people who were at Newday go back equipped, filled with the Holy Spirit and have an increased love and understand for the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, applying it to their day to day lives.

My last point, is really a plea to the bosses of Newday, not to give up on thinking about the diverse demographic at this event. This isn’t just a black and white thing. It was great that we had Darrell Tunningley on the Wednesday evening and Tope Koleoso on Friday evening but I challenge Newday to keep looking outside the box when it comes to speakers and with regards to the format of Newday. Presentation is everything and I do feel for some of the more marginalised young people, when they look up on the main stage they are put off. They do not see anyone they can relate to. It goes deeper than just having a black man in a cap on stage singing with Simon Brading. Who has authority on stage?, who hosts the meeting?, who is invited up to pray or lead a response? It’s a bit like when you first meet a girl who you might be interested in. You are first attracted by how they look. The rest comes later. For many children the same applies when they are in the big top. I’m not calling for the sacking of Stu Gibbs, Simon Brading et al but I am calling for a deliberate consideration for the changing face of the delegates coming to Newday. I would personally like this reflected on stage and throughout marketing of Newday.

Finally I would like to thank some people. Phil Gray and Owen Hylton for their continued support and dedication to myself, the vision of Rhythm Factory and Newday in general. The fantastic Rhythm Factory team for their dedication, hard work, laughter, joy and professionalism throughout the week. Guvna B for just being a decent and humble chap who continues to serve year on year. All the seminar speakers who poured out their hearts and souls to make this stream work. Special shout out to Charlie Rumsby for believing the vision and helping me to construct something fresh and new (all those meetings paid off mate). To Claire Bulman and Laura Price who allowed me to focus fully on the seminars while you took control of running the RF during the day and evening.

Thanks for a great week.

See you in 2014


Video testimonies shown in The Rhythm Factory 2013:

Gem’s Story from First Light on Vimeo.

Charlie’s Story from First Light on Vimeo.

Rebekah’s Story from First Light on Vimeo.

Dominic’s Story from First Light on Vimeo.

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