The Iona Community has a long-standing commitment to working with young people with or without religious connections. It has the remit to resource and support work with young people around Scotland and, at times, further afield. The Youth Department’s work covers a variety of areas. At its core the Iona Community is about building young people’s capacity to do things and change their own situations and focussing more on the process of youth work than the product.
Ben was born and raised in Manchester. Ben moved to Oxford at 18 to study Religion and Theology at Oxford Brookes University. Having gone to volunteer on Isle of Iona for 6 weeks after graduating, Ben ended up joining the resident staff team and living and working on the Island for a year. Ben worked as part of the Programme team, specialising in the arts and crafts.
Ben facilitated various Community arts projects concentrating of the Iona Communities commitment to peace and justice. Ben moved to Glasgow in September 2012 to work as part of the Youth Team. Ben is an avid Man United fan, growing up very near Old Trafford stadium. Ben’s interests include lefty politics, street art, sport of all kinds and catching up with family and friends all over the world.
Belfast born and bred, Chris Long moved to Glasgow to study Youth Work and Theology. Before starting with the Iona Community in February 2011, Chris worked with the beautiful people of Robroyston, Townhead and Newton Mearns; working with young people in church, youth club and school settings while also connecting with young people through detached street work. He has been involved in leading residential trips and summer camps for young people since his late teens.
Chris goes to the cinema more than is socially acceptable, enjoys going to see live bands and cooking. He has a deep appreciation for well crafted satire, pineapples, Lego and the company of his fiancée Kim.
In each of these areas, the youth workers work with a particular ‘Anti-sectarianism’ agenda, funded by the Scottish Government and are always on the lookout of ways to develop this part of their work in particular. Alongside all of this work the Youth Department works to further involve young adults associated with the Community, in its work, through social gatherings, training and representing their interests in Community as a whole.
The Youth Team contacts
phone : 0141 332 6343
email Chris or Ben
Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/IonaYouth
Twitter at https://twitter.com/YouthIona