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17th May, 2022

Youth worker Rae-Anne Preece hopes to bring the church to the young people of Bromsgrove

A NEW youth worker is hoping to make a difference by bringing the church to the young people of Bromsgrove.

Rae-Anne Preece has been chosen as an outreach researcher and youth worker by the Bromsgrove Anglican churches team.

She aims to take the church out and about rather than expecting young people to come to it.

She will be meeting young people aged 13 to 19, especially those living in more disadvantaged areas, listening to their problems, fears and wishes for the future.

“It’s an opportunity to help young people develop and build healthier relationships and to understand their needs,” she said.

As part of the project, she will train new volunteers for the future as well as conducting research into social media and youth violence.

Rae-Anne says she had a troubled childhood herself, and hopes her own life experience will allow her to succeed in the role.

She said of her road to recovery: “Thanks to the faith people had in me, I slowly began to believe in myself and have now completed a youth and community work degree.”

Vicar at St Johns, Rev’d Ray Khan, said: “We hope Rae-Anne’s research will enable the church and community to listen to the voices of young people and inform how we serve them.”

Rae-Anne is on the hunt for volunteers to help her.

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