Free ‘All Inclusive?’ Training and Lunch – BOURNEMOUTH

Working with children and young people with special or additional needs

An essential seminar for all parents, teachers, church leaders, youth and children’s leaders, and anyone who cares about children and young people with special or additional needs.


Eight of the schools across Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch are special schools for children/young people with additional needs. They vary greatly! Some cater to help people with various physical or mental needs, others are working with students excluded from mainstream school who have behavioural difficulties. As PACE grows in partnership with the churches to serve more schools, we don’t want to overlook these schools and they need us to be equipped to consider how we might serve them in ways that help everyone explore the Christian faith.

So, we’re very excited to be able to have Mark Arnold from Urban Saints come and give us some valuable training and insights about working with children and young people with additional needs of various kinds and to help us think especially about how we might be able to serve the schools that cater for them too. It will help families, church leaders, staff and volunteers and everyone who has an interest in this area. It will help us think about how we help people with additional needs who are already in our churches but will also help us think about how we might go and serve the schools they are part of too. It’s a BIG opportunity!!

We hope you will be able to come along and bring others from your church to learn with us and to let us know which of these schools you might have an interest in praying for and/or serving in as opportunities arise.

It’s 2 hours of training, including a free lunch. Please do RSVP to or on here to let Dave know if you can make it and let us know how many you’re bringing with you from your staff/church too. Everyone welcome!


In this seminar we will: 

Explore some of the statistics and explode some of the myths surrounding working with kids with special needs. 

Look at some of the key strategies that you can use to make what you offer more inclusive. 

Identify some of the amazing benefits that inclusion can bring to your whole group. 

We’ll also highlight some further resources that you can use as you work though this with your teams. 

The evening programme is presented in two halves, each lasting around 40 minutes, with a 20 minute interval in between and a Q&A session afterwards. This will include an opportunity to hear about how Urban Saints can serve churches in its work with children and young people, plus the chance to look at various resources during the interval.


Presented by Mark Arnold, who is the Additional Needs Ministry Director at youth and children’s missionary movement Urban Saints (formerly known as Crusaders). 
Mark has over 20 years of youth work experience and is the father of James, a boy with Autism.



“I learned a lot about how to help SEN children in a group. I feel I understand SEN children more and feel encouraged. I would like to work with SEN children in a school environment. It was a very well spent evening – THANK YOU.”

“Outline of special needs issues, suggestions of coping strategies, video examples, finding out about existence of IEP’s were all helpful. Very good presentations/sessions.” 

“Practical advice on helping with specific problems – and very clear explanations of the issues. I’m going to see about a ‘picture timetable’ for our Urban Saints group and holiday club, and look for ear defenders that fit children and look cool!”


Date: Wednesday 22nd May 2019
Time: 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Venue: Citygate Church, Citygate Centre, 138a Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth, BH8 8AS

For further details, please contact:
Dave Pegg
Or phone 01234 327150

Find out more about Urban Saints' work to support those with Additional Needs