Transforming lives of children and young people

The President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Gill Newton, and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, Deacon Kerry Scarlett, visited Action for Children in Chesterfield on the 2 November.

The President and Vice-President met with a group of staff who briefed them on their local activities and some of the current issues affecting vulnerable children, young people and their families in the area. Mrs Newton and Ms Scarlett also connected with charities such as Build Sound Minds Derby and Derbyshire and Young Adults as well as Space 4 U about the incredible work they do through Action for Children. They are hoping to find out how their work has benefited children and young people.

Build Sound Minds Derby and Derbyshire and Young Adults works with children and young people aged 0-17 with mild to moderate mental health difficulties. Whereas Space 4 U helps children and young adults who have been affected by someone else’s substance misuse.


Revd Gill Newton said:

“The work done by Action for Children, to bring about transformation in the lives of children and young people, is an amazing thing.  I am looking forward to hearing about and seeing how this work helps children and young people to feel supported, to fulfil their potential and discover the treasure in their lives.”

Deacon Kerry Scarlett said:

“We are so grateful to the Action for Children staff for inviting us to meet with them and hear about the vital work they are doing in Chesterfield and the surrounding area to support children and young people who are facing very challenging circumstances.”

Action for Children, founded in 1869, is a national charity that protects and supports vulnerable children and young people by providing practical and emotional care and support, ensuring their voices are heard and campaigning to bring lasting improvements to their lives. With 426 services across the UK, in schools and online, in 2022/23 they helped 765,905 children, young people and families. actionforchildren.org.uk