​A new youth worker in Bromsgrove

Rae-Anne Preece is a new detached outreach researcher and youth worker in the Bromsgrove. She will go into the community to meet with 13 – 19 year olds and listen to their voices.

“The local churches have already been running a number of programmes for young people,” Rae-Anne said. “I’ll be going out to talk to them to find out how we can provide activities for them that they want to engage with!” 

Rae-Anne herself had a troubled upbringing. Her parents split up when she was eleven and her Mum suffered from undiagnosed manic bi-polar disorder. “I didn’t engage with education and became involved with gangs. It was five years ago that I realised that
I needed to start turning my life around. I was supported by a number of voluntary organisations and slowly began to believe in myself. I have now completed a Youth and Community work degree and am hoping to do my Masters alongside my work with the parish.”

Rae-Anne’s Christian faith has also developed after a friend’s Mum introduced her to a House Church. “Faith has always been a part of my life, but definitely something that I turned to when things were going wrong rather than giving thanks for when things went
right! I now believe I’ve got a real calling to work with young people and to serve them.” Rae-Anne continued: “I’m looking forward to working in a new community with people who know me as the person that I am now, not who I was. I hope that I can make a
difference to the young people living locally and help bring their voices back to the local community including the churches.”

Please pray for Rae-Anne and her work with the young people in Bromsgrove.

Droitwich Deanery – Rural Dean: Wyn Beynon; Lay Chair: Janet Bryan

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