Youth worker from Northern Ireland appointed by the Salvation Army to help out in Wisbech

PUBLISHED: 16:17 05 May 2010 | UPDATED: 09:38 02 June 2010

Clare’s the Smart Choice 
New Salvation Army youth worker set to serve Wisbech 


The leaders of The Salvation Army in Wisbech have appointed a qualified youth worker to offer specialised support to the town’s youth and young families. After a lengthy recruitment process, Majors Rob and Violet Smart have installed Clare Andrews in the role that breaks new ground in the church’s history.
Born in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland to Salvation Army officer (minister) parents, Clare, 22, received the good news just weeks before she is set to graduate next month with an honours degree in Youthwork and Ministry: “I am really excited to be graduating soon after three long hard years of study and to be starting work with the communities in Wisbech.” 
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“We are really proud to have Clare on board,” says Major Rob, who has led the church with his Wisbech-born wife Major Violet, since August 2007. “She comes with high regard, experience and enthusiasm. This year is The Salvation Army’s 130th in Wisbech and it is important that we do not rest on our laurels but continue to see how we can give back to the town. Wisbech has given us much support over the years by donating and buying from our town centre charity shop and the legacies left to us.”
Major Violet added: “Our church has a mainly older congregation and our vision is to see a younger fellowship develop from Clare’s engagement and dialogue with schools, youth groups, other churches and the people of Wisbech.”
Clare, the eldest of four children, had originally aimed to become a speech and language therapist but felt a strong calling from God to go into youthwork. “I have always seemed to be around young people – my siblings, in the churches my parents have led and during my work experience over the last three years. For me, youthwork is more of a vocation than a job and is something I really get a lot of personal as well as professional enjoyment from.” 

Although Clare steered away from linguistics as a career, she has picked up some language skills, learning Zulu and Afrikaans from her time growing up in South Africa, aged 7 - 13. Also, moving with her parents to spend parts of her childhood in Birmingham and Hertfordshire has given Clare, a skilled pianist and guitarist, an appreciation for young people and families from the travelling and immigrant communities as well as those born locally.
“Living in different places has helped me appreciate other cultures and identify with people who, like I have, had to get used to new surroundings and make new links in their local communities. I am sure this makes me a better youth worker than I would be otherwise.” 
The church is keen to hear from locals what they would like The Salvation Army to do in support of young people and families in Wisbech. Responses and enquiries can be made in the following ways: -
•	Post – The Salvation Army, John Thompson Road, PE13 2NF, Wisbech, PE13 2NF
•	Telephone – 01945 461 416
•	Email – robert.smart@salvationarmy.org.uk 
•	In person – by appointment only by calling 01945 461 416.

- ENDS -

Notes to editors

Media enquiries:
Veron Graham, Regional Press Officer – East England. 
Tel: 07795 240 842   Email: veron.graham@salvationarmy.org.uk

Wisbech Salvation Army runs a programme of events throughout the week to which all are welcome: -
Sundays – 1000am – Morning Worship 
Mondays – 6.30pm – What’s It All About? Bible Study Group
Tuesdays – 12noon – Luncheon Club 
                     2.30pm - Home League women’s social gathering
Wednesdays – 10am – 12noon – Mum’s & Tots
Thursdays – 10am – 12noon – Bring & Buy Coffee Morning

The church also operates a charity shop at 10 Union Street, PE13 1DJ. It sells a range of quality used goods, including household items, books/ music, clothing and toys. The shop is open between 9.30am – 4pm Mondays to Saturdays. The shop can be contacted for shopping and donation enquiries on 01945 588 745.

•	The Salvation Army in Anglia comprises both social and spiritual services offering support and companionship to all sections of the community in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and parts of Lincolnshire and Essex. The majority of its 50 corps (churches) also offer a programme of services including day care centres for young and old alike, luncheon clubs and charity shops. The Salvation Army also helps rebuild lives through its four social centres plus other facilities, which care for the homeless, elderly, children and broken families to provide accommodation, resettlement and rehabilitation programmes. For more information visit the website www.salvationarmy.org.uk/anglia   

•	The Salvation Army is a worldwide Christian church and registered charity, working in 120 countries, and is one of the largest and most diverse providers of social welfare. 

•	In the UK and Republic of Ireland there are more than 800 Salvation Army social service centres and corps (community churches) offer unconditional friendship, support and very practical help to people of all ages, backgrounds and needs. This includes 83 LifeHouses for men, women and families where 3,500 people stay each night. More than a place to stay a LifeHouse focuses on purpose and relationships to help people rebuild confidence, learn and develop skills, improve their employment prospects and to move into a place of their own. 

•	The Salvation Army Registered Charity Nos 214779, 215174, in Scotland SC009359, SC037691, and in Ireland CHY6399. For more information visit the website www.salvationarmy.org.uk

Clare’s the Smart Choice New Salvation Army youth worker set to serve Wisbech The leaders of The Salvation Army in Wisbech have appointed a qualified youth worker to offer specialised support to the town’s youth and young families. After a lengthy recruitment process, Majors Rob and Violet Smart have installed Clare Andrews in the role that breaks new ground in the church’s history. Born in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland to Salvation Army officer (minister) parents, Clare, 22, received the good news just weeks before she is set to graduate next month with an honours degree in Youthwork and Ministry: “I am really excited to be graduating soon after three long hard years of study and to be starting work with the communities in Wisbech.” Support “We are really proud to have Clare on board,” says Major Rob, who has led the church with his Wisbech-born wife Major Violet, since August 2007. “She comes with high regard, experience and enthusiasm. This year is The Salvation Army’s 130th in Wisbech and it is important that we do not rest on our laurels but continue to see how we can give back to the town. Wisbech has given us much support over the years by donating and buying from our town centre charity shop and the legacies left to us.” Major Violet added: “Our church has a mainly older congregation and our vision is to see a younger fellowship develop from Clare’s engagement and dialogue with schools, youth groups, other churches and the people of Wisbech.” Clare, the eldest of four children, had originally aimed to become a speech and language therapist but felt a strong calling from God to go into youthwork. “I have always seemed to be around young people – my siblings, in the churches my parents have led and during my work experience over the last three years. For me, youthwork is more of a vocation than a job and is something I really get a lot of personal as well as professional enjoyment from.” Although Clare steered away from linguistics as a career, she has picked up some language skills, learning Zulu and Afrikaans from her time growing up in South Africa, aged 7 - 13. Also, moving with her parents to spend parts of her childhood in Birmingham and Hertfordshire has given Clare, a skilled pianist and guitarist, an appreciation for young people and families from the travelling and immigrant communities as well as those born locally. “Living in different places has helped me appreciate other cultures and identify with people who, like I have, had to get used to new surroundings and make new links in their local communities. I am sure this makes me a better youth worker than I would be otherwise.” The church is keen to hear from locals what they would like The Salvation Army to do in support of young people and families in Wisbech. Responses and enquiries can be made in the following ways: - • Post – The Salvation Army, John Thompson Road, PE13 2NF, Wisbech, PE13 2NF • Telephone – 01945 461 416 • Email – robert.smart@salvationarmy.org.uk • In person – by appointment only by calling 01945 461 416. - ENDS - Notes to editors Media enquiries: Veron Graham, Regional Press Officer – East England. Tel: 07795 240 842 Email: veron.graham@salvationarmy.org.uk Wisbech Salvation Army runs a programme of events throughout the week to which all are welcome: - Sundays – 1000am – Morning Worship Mondays – 6.30pm – What’s It All About? Bible Study Group Tuesdays – 12noon – Luncheon Club 2.30pm - Home League women’s social gathering Wednesdays – 10am – 12noon – Mum’s & Tots Thursdays – 10am – 12noon – Bring & Buy Coffee Morning The church also operates a charity shop at 10 Union Street, PE13 1DJ. It sells a range of quality used goods, including household items, books/ music, clothing and toys. The shop is open between 9.30am – 4pm Mondays to Saturdays. The shop can be contacted for shopping and donation enquiries on 01945 588 745. • The Salvation Army in Anglia comprises both social and spiritual services offering support and companionship to all sections of the community in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and parts of Lincolnshire and Essex. The majority of its 50 corps (churches) also offer a programme of services including day care centres for young and old alike, luncheon clubs and charity shops. The Salvation Army also helps rebuild lives through its four social centres plus other facilities, which care for the homeless, elderly, children and broken families to provide accommodation, resettlement and rehabilitation programmes. For more information visit the website www.salvationarmy.org.uk/anglia • The Salvation Army is a worldwide Christian church and registered charity, working in 120 countries, and is one of the largest and most diverse providers of social welfare. • In the UK and Republic of Ireland there are more than 800 Salvation Army social service centres and corps (community churches) offer unconditional friendship, support and very practical help to people of all ages, backgrounds and needs. This includes 83 LifeHouses for men, women and families where 3,500 people stay each night. More than a place to stay a LifeHouse focuses on purpose and relationships to help people rebuild confidence, learn and develop skills, improve their employment prospects and to move into a place of their own. • The Salvation Army Registered Charity Nos 214779, 215174, in Scotland SC009359, SC037691, and in Ireland CHY6399. For more information visit the website www.salvationarmy.org.uk

A YOUTH worker from Northern Ireland has been appointed by the Salvation Army to offer specialised support to the youth and young families of Wisbech. The appointment breaks new ground in the history of Wisbech Salvation Army and heralds a new career for

A YOUTH worker from Northern Ireland has been appointed by the Salvation Army to offer specialised support to the youth and young families of Wisbech.

The appointment breaks new ground in the history of Wisbech Salvation Army and heralds a new career for 22-year-old Clare Andrews. It follows a lengthy recruitment process by Majors Rob and Violet Smart.

Born in Enniskillen to Salvation Army officer (minister) parents, Clare received the good news just weeks before she is set to graduate next month with an honours degree in Youth Work and Ministry.

Clare said: "I am really excited to be graduating soon after three long hard years of study and to be starting work with the communities in Wisbech."

"We are really proud to have Clare on board," said Major Rob who has led the church with his Wisbech-born wife since 2007. "She comes with high regard, experience and enthusiasm. This year is The Salvation Army's 130th in Wisbech and it is important that we do not rest on our laurels but continue to see how we can give back to the town.

"Wisbech has given us much support over the years by donating and buying from our town centre charity shop and the legacies left to us."

Major Violet added: "Our church has a mainly older congregation and our vision is to see a younger fellowship develop from Clare's engagement and dialogue with schools, youth groups, other churches and the people of Wisbech."

Clare originally aimed to become a speech and language therapist but felt a strong calling from God to go into youth work. She said: "I have always seemed to be around young people - my siblings, in the churches my parents have led and during my work experience over the last three years. For me, youth work is more of a vocation than a job and is something I really get a lot of personal as well as professional enjoyment from.

"Living in different places has helped me appreciate other cultures and identify with people, who like I have, had to get used to new surroundings and make new links in their local communities. I am sure this makes me a better youth worker that I would be otherwise."

The church is keen to hear from locals what they would like The Salvation Army to do in support of young people and families in Wisbech.

Contact: The Salvation Army, John Thompson Road, Wisbech PE13 2NF, Telephone 01945 461 416, email robert.smart@salvationarmy.org.uk


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