From September 2020 the Institute for Children, Youth, and Mission is to be based at St Martin’s House, utilizing offices and lecture rooms, in this convenient location in the centre of Leicester, to deliver the taught elements of CYM’s many courses.
Chairman of CYM, Alastair Jones says, ‘While CYM training is for all denominations and churches it is good to be able to be based alongside the Church of England, Diocese of Leicester in St Martin’s House, interacting with the various faith activities which are based there, as well as enjoying the Cathedral itself being so close at hand.’
Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Revd Martyn Snow, who is at the forefront of work to improve the recognition and valuing of church-based children and youth workers in the Church of England, said this was an important development for training nationally as well as locally: “I’m very pleased to be able to welcome CYM to Leicester. When the idea of this move was first voiced, it quickly became apparent that there was so much synergy between the vision of CYM and that of the Diocese of Leicester. “Not only does this fit with our own priority of working with children and young people, but there are also real possibilities of partnership with the Community of the Tree of Life, our Chaplaincies and our Universities. I look forward to seeing what will emerge once they are here and students from around the country are travelling here for training.”
Rob Hay, Director of Learning for the Diocese of Leicester, said: “CYM has been a pioneer in this field since the early days of youth work training. Leicester recognises that if the Church is to grow younger, the quality of youth workers who will be at the forefront of that growth, is key.”
Mike Kelly, Diocesan Youth Officer in Leicester, who himself trained with CYM, said: “Youth ministry has changed dramatically in the last 10 years and we need well trained and passionate people to disciple young people in a challenging environment. CYM gave me a real grounding in my own ministry and I’m really excited that CYM is moving to the Diocese of Leicester where we are committed to serving and reaching young people with renewed energy.”
The move will also see the possibility of a new partnership with the Diocese of Leicester’s new monastic community, The Community of the Tree of Life.
Prior of the Community, Rachel Bennetts, said: “This will give single students studying with CYM the opportunity to live as part of a residential new monastic community and house of prayer. We are excited to be working with CYM as we develop the offer of this unique formational training experience.”
The Grade II listed building that is now St Martins House was for over 130 years a place where the youth of Leicester were educated. It began its life in 1877 as Wyggeston Hospital Boys School – itself on the site of the much older Wyggeston Hospital (founded in 1513) – which then moved out to the west of the city. During this time it was put to use and adapted by Alderman Newton and Leicester Grammar Schools. In 2008 it was acquired by the Diocese of Leicester so this historic Leicester landmark could be preserved.