New Youth and Community Engagement Officer

Craft loving Sarah is new Youth and Community Engagement Officer for Ebbsfleet, Greenhithe and Swanscombe

With the school holidays now underway, Sarah Rawlinson, the new Youth and Community Engagement Officer for the Ebbsfleet, Greenhithe and Swanscombe area, is looking forward to introducing herself to the community at a series of events taking place over the summer.  

The self-confessed arts and crafts fan, who has been tasked with helping support and grow relationships between new and existing communities in the area, says she is raring to go:

“I’ve already had such a warm welcome, but I’m really looking forward to getting out there and just talking and listening to young people and the wider community about how I can best support them.

“I really want to be able to give young people a voice and make sure they are heard.”

As well as community relations, Sarah is also particularly interested in developing projects around healthy eating and sport, as well as on some of the social issues young people face today, such as online safety, mental health and gangs.

Sarah will have a stall at the Ingress Park Family Fun Day on 12 August, where she’ll be encouraging people to get involved with the Edible Garden Project. She’ll also be offering a helping hand at several ’free food and family fun events’ being run by the Mary’s Child Project – a joint project between St Mary Greenhithe and St Mary Stone - which hopes to ensure that vulnerable families do not go hungry over the summer.

The new role is supported by the Diocese, as well as the Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust, Swanscombe and Greenhithe Town Council, with specific project support from the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation.

Speaking on behalf of all the organisations involved, Rev Andrew Avery from St. Mary Greenhithe says:

“We’re absolutely delighted Sarah is on-board. Her experience of running youth clubs and sports projects means she already has a wealth of experience. We’re sure she will quickly be bringing her own ‘good news’ to the area as she works to help build a community spirit of support and willingness to learn from each other.”

As well as regularly being available for a cuppa and a chat at St. Mary Greenhithe’s Wednesday morning Community Café, Sarah can be contacted through St. Mary’s Church Office: 01322 382 031 and on sarah.rawlinson@rochester.anglican.org. She hopes to have a Facebook page up and running soon.




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