Who are we?
Deep Impact events are organised by the Scottish Christian Youth Work Forum (SCYWF).
SCYWF had its beginnings in 1995 when Eddie Lyle, then Director of Youth For Christ in Scotland, brought together representatives of various youth agencies to identify areas where they could work together for the sake of young people encountering Jesus in Scotland.
Since its beginning SCYWF has had a membership of around eight to ten organisations who meet regularly on an informal basis. Our overall vision and desire is to encourage and enable better Christian youth work in Scotland, through sharing ideas and resources and partnering together on various events.
In 2004 SCYWF established an informal relationship with the Evangelical Alliance in Scotland to provide them with an advisory/consultative service on youth related issues. In 2009, SCYWF warmly accepted the invitation to come fully under the auspices of the Evangelical Alliance in Scotland. Members agree to the Evangelical Alliance Basis of Faith.
In 2016 the SCYWF members updated the aims and objectives of the group as we seek to develop how best to serve Christian Youth Work across Scotland. Please click here to see a copy.
What do we do?
Our main event is the annual deep impact conference which is for anyone involved in employed or voluntary youthwork across Scotland. The deep impact conference was founded in 1999 by Ian Clyne, director of Highlands and Islands Youth for Christ. Seven years later the event was handed over to SCYWF who have been responsible for the conference since 2007.
We also run other social and training events throughout the year which seek to foster networking amongst youthworkers for fellowship, encouragement and equipping one another in the Christian service that we are each involved in.
Much of what SCYWF aims to do is to enhance communication amongst youthwork agencies and denominations, to share resources and support one another, and to seek ways in which we can work in partnership rather than allowing unnecessary duplication or even competition in our work.