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Youth groups

Salvation Army youth groups aim to make young people feel valued, understand their significance, skills and talents and give them a voice among their families, friends, where they live and in their future.

Youth groups run in many of our churches and operate a unique programme based around the needs and interests of its attenders and local community. Here are some examples of the activities that may be on offer at your local Salvation Army:

  • Christian teaching programmes specifically designed for young people
  • Music, drama or other creative arts groups
  • Sport and exercise groups
  • Youth clubs and adventure camps
  • Mentoring programmes
  • Academic and classroom support

Aston in north Birmingham is classed as one of the most deprived areas in Britain, but we have a passion to see local young people reach their potential and grow. In Aston we focus on youth provision for the area with three open youth clubs a week, a variety of mentoring programmes, classroom support in the local school, and community sports teams. Our work with local youth involves contact with parents, social services, local law enforcement teams and the wider community.

In Southwark The Salvation Army has been serving the local people for over 45 years, during which time we have built strong links and identified the needs, hopes and great potential of the community. Our programmes are designed to meet these needs and to empower local people to build a more positive future in this particularly deprived borough.

We provide a number of positive sessions for young people - safe spaces where they can share new experiences, learn skills and get involved in meaningful activities while finding supportive relationships and accessing information and advice. We have evidence that participating in these sessions increases young people’s confidence, boosts their self-esteem and ignites their passion for learning; enabling them to make well informed life choices and look forward to a more positive future.

Youth and our church

Youth work throughout The Salvation Army in the United Kingdom and Ireland is overseen by ALOVE. 

ALOVE UK is The Salvation Army for a new generation - an expression of The Salvation Army for young people and adults aged 12-25. 

For more information about ALOVE, please visit their website.

As young people mature, they are encouraged to make the transition into the adult church family. They may be invited to consider Senior Soldiership or Adherent Membership, asked to assist church activities or presented with the opportunity to lead a church service as a youth group. We believe it is important to recognise the potential of each young person. By encouraging individuals to develop their God-given talents and skills, we hope they will not only acknowledge their infinite value but will also enjoy exciting, fulfilling lives that contribute positively to society.

One of the many programmes ALOVE offer is the Essential Gap Year. Read some of our gap year students’ thoughts about their year with The Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army’s child protection policy is outlined in the Safe & Sound Manual, based on the Home Office guidelines, Safe from Harm.