11-18s / Connect

Connect

We're back at Woodlea

New to Connect?

Would you like to join a Connect group?

Please read all the info on this page, then contact our youth team if you'd like to join.

Already joined a group? Here are the dates you need...

Summer term 2022

  • Friday 29 April: Easter rehearsals, 7:00-9:00pm

  • Friday 6 May: Beating Exam Anxiety, 7:30-8:30pm

  • Friday 13 May: Connect, 7:30-9:00pm

  • Friday 20 May: Connect, 7:30-9:00pm

  • Friday 27 May: Connect, 7:30-9:00pm

  • Friday 3 June: Half term

  • Friday 10 June: Connect, 7:30-9:00pm

  • Friday 17 June: Inspire, 7:30-9:00pm

  • Friday 24 June: Inspire, 7:30-9:00pm

  • 1-3 July: Festival Manchester (TBC)

  • Friday 8 July: Inspire, 7:30-9:00pm

  • Friday 15 July: Summer Social, 7:00-9:00pm

Staying covid safe

Not feeling well?

 

Please DON'T come to Connect if:

If you feel ill during the event, please tell us straight away. We have an isolation area where you can wait safely until your parents can collect you. 

Staying safe

  • HANDS: Please use hand sanitiser when you arrive. If you touch any shared equipment, please wash your hands thoroughly afterwards with soap and water.

  • FACE: For some close-contact activities, we'll ask you to wear a face covering. Otherwise, it's your choice, and we'll respect your decision either way.

  • SPACE: We'll continue to give everyone plenty of personal space.

  • FRESH AIR: Windows will be open for ventilation.

Other essentials

 

  • TOILETS: Toilets for under 18s are located at the main entrance.

  • CLEANING: We clean thoroughly before every activity at Woodlea.

  • SIGNS: You'll see 'no entry' signs or 'one way' systems. These help keep you safe. Please make sure you read and follow the signs at all times.

Lateral Flow Testing

 

If you feel unwell, please take a lateral flow test before attending Connect.

Quickfire questions!

What is Connect?

We all know life can get pretty crazy. School can be tough. It can be hard to make friends, and sometimes we wonder where we fit in. In our free time we have TikTok and Netflix and YouTube and Gaming... but is that it? Where do we find real meaning or purpose? How do we know what we're supposed to do with our lives?

If you feel like this, Connect might be for you. We're a Christian youth charity. We believe God loves you and has a purpose for your life. Connect helps you discover why you were born and how you can live your life to the full. You can ask any question about God and the Bible... you can talk to others your own age with no pressure...  and you can play a lot of games and generally just have a great Friday night. Everyone's welcome. Why not give it a try?

What do I need?

 

You don't need anything! We'll provide some free snacks and soft drinks. Please don't bring energy drinks.

How much does it cost?

 

All Vision youth events are free! You don't need to bring any money with you.

I'm new. Can I join?

 

Absolutely! ​If you've never been to Connect and would like to try it out, please message our youth team on 07454 50 80 30. You can also ask a parent or carer to contact us.

Who's on the team?

 

Our team leader is Nathan S. We have a big team of volunteers who help out on different weeks: Adam, Alison, Christine, Emma, Jess, Joe, Kathryn, Karen, Matt, Michael, Nathan A, Steve and Suzie. 

Parents and carers

Registration

 

If your child would like to join Connect, please contact our youth team.

 

We'll send you a link to a digital Parental Consent Form. This allows us to securely register your child on our system and keep them safe when they're with us.

Reminders and updates

 

We send occasional updates to parents/carers via text message or WhatsApp. Young people can also opt-in for weekly reminders (ages 11-12 will need parental permission first). 

Dropping off / picking up

 

  • Connect is held at Woodlea Mission in Waterfoot. Please use the front door on Tenterfield Street. Our postcode is BB4 7BA.

  • Doors open at 7:15pm ready to start at 7:30pm. 

  • Please pick up your child at 9:00pm. If you're a few minutes early, please wait outside until the finish time.

 

Behaviour

We want to provide a safe environment where young people feel inspired and encouraged. We expect young people to respect each other, behave sensibly, and treat equipment with care. Our team will proactively work with young people and their parents/carers if behaviour is impacting the rest of the group.

Mobile phones

 

Young people should keep their mobile with them in case parents/carers need to get in touch, but otherwise we like to keep Connect 'screen-free' as far as possible and would prefer young people not to use their phones between 7:30-9:00pm.

Safeguarding

 

Connect is run by Vision, an established and trusted youth charity. Keeping young people safe is always our first priority; we have detailed and robust processes and training in place. For more information please read our Safeguarding Statement.

Christian ethos

 

Connect is a faith-based activity, focusing on a Christian message of hope, freedom and new life that we believe is found in Jesus. We talk about God, faith and the Bible, and give young people opportunities to pray for each other. If you have any questions about this aspect of the activity, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Donations

 

Connect is free for young people to attend. If you'd like to help towards our running costs, please consider donating £5/month to Vision (or making a one-off donation) which will help us keep Woodlea Mission open for all young people in Rossendale.