My name is Paul Reisbach, I am your Youth Work Adviser which means I am here to support, encourage and help to develop youth work in and through the Church of England in Devon.
A really good way of connecting with our support and resources is by signing up to our newsletter:
It often seems that Youth Work is like marmite. You either love it or hate it. It is either the answer to all our churches problems or the beginning of all our complaints. We often get frustrated when we hear it said that young people are the future of the church because we feel that somehow we don’t matter anymore. It turns out, a lot of young people don’t want to be part of the future of the church either, they want to be a part of the church now. Rather than worrying about finding enough bean bags, getting the money together for the latest games console, or worrying about how to handle the trouble makers, let’s ask where they can fit in and what changes we can make to help that happen!
Through this page you should be able to catch up on what I’m thinking, review our online resource database and access a wide range of documents that support and enable good practice and safeguarding in your youth work. If you would like to be kept up to date with goings on in the world of youth work in Devon, please sign up to our newsletter at the bottom of this page.
You are also welcome to email me or telephone on 01392 294932 if you would like to discuss your dreams and challenges surrounding youth work. I love to visit people and I am happy to come to you.
As well as offering free training and consultation across the diocese, the Resources Library is a virtual juke box of all our resources. This online database is updated regularly to let you see, not just a list of titles, but the cover art, reviews, and back cover description of all our books. It will also let you know whether they are available or not. Once you have found what you want, you can either drop by the offices in Exeter to pick it up or pop me an email and I’ll post it to you free of charge!