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Supporting children and young people with additional needs

3 Nov 2018

More than 100 GB leaders attended our winter conference today in Birmingham for a day of equipping and inspiration.

The event, at St Luke's Church, also included a special session on supporting children and young people with additional needs.

The Volumise session, led by Mark Arnold, Additional Needs Ministry Director for Urban Saints, looked at what supporting children and young people with additional needs actually means and how we can respond in practical ways so that our GB groups continue to be spaces that promote a sense of inclusivity and belonging for all - just like Jesus did.

One GB leader says ‘Wow - we're making a difference and our church cares and supports us.’

Another leader says ‘We've learnt to let the difference, of those with additional needs, make a difference in our lives - making us make a difference in others for a better world.’

And another says 'I love the idea Mark shared of inclusion champions within our groups and churches.'



The leaders also heard news and views from around the GB family including:

  • The launch of a new koko film on kindness called Dare to Care - still from the film below. Watch it here
  • The launch of new GB Trading products, such as Layla's Advent Adventure and a At GB we are... bookmark and poster
  • News of our Build Hope project for 2019 - GB building hope for the church, hope for our groups, and hope for girls and young women
  • A time of sharing from those who attended the International Conference of Girls' Brigade (ICGB) in Zambia in July
  • News about GB International's advocacy projects and resources
  • And much, much more.



GB’s Director Jules Murdy says ‘It's been an inspiring day hearing stories from around the GB family and with the launch of a new koko film.

'Mark Arnold's session was really practical and helped us to engage with how it feels to be someone who needs additional help to take part in all we do in GB.'


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