Durham YFC

About us


We have a strong emphasis on the innate dignity of every young person as made and loved by God. We believe they can be empowered to reach their full potential and transform their communities. We affirm that only working in partnership can achieve this. We understand the need to innovate and create in order to take the good news relevantly to every young person. 


Our four areas of strategy involve working in partnership with established local churches to reach the young people in their communities with the good news by :

  • increasing local presence by building on our networks and developing work as it grows
  • providing accessible educational opportunities for young people, especially those not in education, employment or training
  • enabling young people to have experiences which are transformative and character building
  • investing in people development, of our staff, our volunteers, young people and our partners.

We aim to deliver this work through detached projects, work in educational establishments, community events and volunteering.

  • Outreach Programme: Detached street-based projects that engage disadvantaged and marginalised young people.
  • Schools Based Programme: We are an Extended Services Partner Agency for 2 local secondary schools and deliver a variety of work within this context.
  • Events Programme: We facilitate key events throughout the year for young people and the community, working together with different agencies and partners.
  • Volunteers Programme: We utilise and train local volunteers to deliver much of our work and give them a range of opportunities to use and grow their gifts and talents. We provide opportunities for youth volunteering.


James Ballantyne

James Ballantyne

James completed studies in Youthwork and Theology at International Christian College, Glasgow in 2008 before being involved in a variety of youth work experiences in Perth, Scotland and Ottery St Mary, Devon including church based work, mentoring in schools, 'council' youth work, and detached youth work. James moved to Durham in 2014 to become our Centre Director.

James also lectures on the subject of detached youthwork for a couple of Christian colleges. As well as spending time with wife Lynn and children Anna and George, James enjoys walking his dog, cycling, reading, and playing sports.


We also have on team a selection of highly talented and passionate individuals who serve us regularly in a variety of ways. Some are on church internships, others are students making good use of their time in Durham! They are all super, their prayer and dedication to young people of local communities is honouring to them and their faith.

Meet some of our volunteers.


Our Board of Trustees are responsible for the stewardship of the charity and maintaining best practice throughout our projects.

We also have a Council of Reference who meet to provide advice and guidance.

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