Researched and included in the Report:
Urban Hope is the youth project of St Stephen’s Church, Canonbury, Islington, which has an electoral roll of 115 and an average Sunday morning attendance of 70. Members of the church are mostly local residents but it is a varied area: some who are very poor live side by side with much wealthier people who bring resources.
A partnership starting in 2005/6 between the Diocese of London and The Children's Soci
ety (TCS) led to a three year written Youth Strategy in 2008. The role of the Youth Development Project is to work with young people and churches to make the Youth Strategy a reality allowing young people to take an active and positive role in their church and/or community. The philosophy is that young people are best placed to identify what they want and that, given the right level of support and encouragement, they make a substantial and lasting contribution.