Darlington Area Churches Youth Ministry

Photo: Youth leaders Mel & Martin Stand
Directors, Martin & Mel Stand. Tel. 07717 336183
or e-mail martin.stand@virgin.net

DACYM photo

DACYM photo

DACYM photo

DACYM photo

DACYM photo

DACYM photo

*** For more information on "Breathe 2012 click here***

Darlington Area Churches Youth Ministry (DACYM) is a community based youth-focused outreach initiative that helps supports churches with their work with young people. DACYM also specialises in emotional & behavioural support for young people. Established as an independent charity in 2010, we work from an inclusive Christian value base, using the principles and practices of informal education and community development. It is our aim that through this work, the lives of young people will be transformed educationally, socially and spiritually, thus empowering them to achieve their full potential. DACYM works with over half of the secondary schools in Darlington, it helps by providing assemblies, RE/PHSE Lessons, lunchtime activities and support for pupils with behaviour problems and at possible risk of exclusion.

In the wider community DACYM runs a lunchtime drop-in for 6th Form Students, a Friday Night Drop-In for young people in Hurworth, two annual residential events, a girls group as well as supporting numerous churches and youth-leaders in the Darlington area with the development of their youth work activities.

The project is headed up by Melanie & Martin Stand. Melanie is an experienced and qualified Youth & Community worker who is well respected within her field. Melanie is currently working towards an MA in Reflective Practice and Applied Theology. Martin has experience of managing projects having worked as a manager in the charitable sector for the past twelve years, he also has over 20 years worth of youth work experience. Martin recently completed CPCAB Level 3 in Counselling Studies.

BREATHE

Each summer DACYM run Breathe, a youth retreat for young people from Darlington and across the country. Breathe is different to other youth activities and if you look at the brand new web-site for Breathe www.breatheyouthretreat.co.uk you will see why. Young people can attend on their own or as part of a larger group, it really doesn't matter because by the end of the week they all become part of the community that develops over the week. The cost of the retreat is 240, however there are bursaries available (in certain circumstances) to young people wanting to come along. So if you know one, two or more young people for whom Breathe might just be the right thing this summer - why not encourage them to go, they won't be disappointed.  See also the link to this page

You can contact DACYM by e-mail at dacym@yfc.co.uk or by telephone on 07717 336183.

The trustees of DACYM are:-

Revd Phil Hilsdon - Kings Church - Chair of Trustees
Revd Sheilagh Williamson - Vice Chair of Trustees
Mrs Helen Dalton (Treasurer) - St Laurence's Church, MSG
Revd Gillian Houghton - Circuit Superintendent, Darlington Methodist Church
Mr Pat Howarth - All Saints & Salutation, Blackwell
Cllr Cyndi Hughes - St Augustine's RC
Mrs Hazel Neasham (Secretary) - Hurworth Methodist Church
Revd Paul Neville - St Laurence's, MSG & St Andrew's, Sadberge
Revd Andrew Stobart - Hurworth, Barton & North Cowton Methodist Churches
Mrs Helen White - Cockerton Methodist Church


Photo: Group of young people on stepping stones
Young people enjoying an outing

Photo: 6th Form Drop-In - Bondgate Methodist Church
6th Form Drop-In - Bondgate Methodist Church


Leap of Faith


Leap of Faith


Leap of Faith - an event to raise funds for the work of DACYM


"Sleep Over and Out"
an event to raise money for a local homeless charity


"Sleep Over and Out"

Breathe 2012

Graphic: advert for Breathe eventGraphic: advert for Breathe event