Emerge is a Christian youth work charity which equips and enables churches anywhere in the UK to support young people who are in their local A&E or hospital wards because of self-harm, a suicide attempt or an emotional crisis. Emerge teams go into A&E in the evenings, being available until 11pm to be there for young people aged 10 – 25.
As caring, trained people who are not part of the statutory system, we are uniquely positioned to draw alongside young people and be a #VoiceOfHope when they need to hear it most. We never take the place of mental health services, but support young people in the midst of their journey. We can be a friend, advocate, comfort, tea-drinking companion, shoulder to cry on, card game supplier and, in the face of despair, we are carriers of hope, peace and joy.
Today, we employ a number of staff and run projects that are open each night of the week, providing follow up support during the day, training for parents and professionals and schools work as well as starting new projects. But we didn’t start like this. We started with one person with a vision and no money. Here’s the good news…
… if your church has some people with the vision and a little money, you can do this too.
We have the template, we’ve written the policies, worked out many kinks. We will deliver the training, help in conversations with the hospital and be with you each step of the way.
This document illustrates how you could begin supporting young people with the resources you already have, and will hopefully inspire you as to how your project could grow if you would like it to.
If you would like to start a project, don’t think about funding and feel defeated. Don’t think about the responsibility and logistics and feel afraid. Think about the vision God is giving you, the passion you have for young people who need a voice of hope in the midst of crisis.
Talk to us. Share the vision. Pray. See what God will do.