Community of Faith Conference for Paid Workers 2020

Theme: Gender Justice

Community of Faith Conference for Paid Workers

It is increasingly important that our children, family, and youth workers are equipped to work with children and young people with diverse gender identities. Given our increased awareness of the high levels of gender-based violence, harassment, and discrimination that young people in Scotland currently experience, it is important to work effectively within and around gender injustice in our society,

This residential conference will bring theology, social norms, and youth work practice together. A variety of styles of session will include workshop-based learning, plenary discussions, and informal group conversation, while an emphasis on creating learning communities will help enable delegates to learn from each other's experiences. There will also be time set aside to reflect and relax together creating a vital network of support which will hopefully last well beyond the conference itself.

An extra introductory session is available from 10am until 12.30pm, before the main conference starts, for anyone who hasn't explored the topic before or wants a refresher. This content was covered at the conference in February 2019.


Tuesday 18 February

Awareness raising, knowledge building and theoretical approaches.

10.00 - Morning arrivals and refreshments
10.30 - 12.30 An introduction to Gender
12.30 - 13.00 Afternoon arrivals
13.00 - 13.45 Lunch
13.45 - 14.00 Opening and housekeeping
14.00 - 16.00 Session 1 - Theoretical approaches to gender and youth work
16.00 - 16.20 Break and Refreshments
16.20 - 18.20 Session 2 - Theological approaches to gender
18.30 - 19.45 Dinner
19.45 - 20.45 Facilitated group conversation/reflection
20.45 - 21.00 Worship

Wednesday 19 February

Building our practice.

8.00 - 8.45 Breakfast
8.45 - 9.00 Worship
9.00 - 10.30 Opening up our practice - small group open case study work, peer learning with facilitators
10.30 - 11.00 Break and Refreshments
11.00 - 12.30 Best practice - small group closed case studies and plenary discussion for questions and comments
12.30 - 13.00 Closing, final comments or questions, evaluation
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 Depart

Date and time

The conference will take place from 12:30pm on Tuesday 18 February until 2pm on Wednesday 19 February 2020.

Book your tickets

Tickets cost £40, including meals and accommodation (in shared en-suite rooms).

Bookings are open until 18 January 2020 via Eventbrite.

Tickets are non-refundable after the closing date, but are transferable.

This conference is made possible by a grant from the Scottish Government through the National Voluntary Youth Organisation Support Fund.


SU Scotland Gowanbank, Darvel, KA17 0LL