Twenty-one-year old Miriam Webb has been appointed as the next FURY/Christian Aid intern and will replace Charis Unsworth, joining the established Christian Aid Collective Internship programme at the end of August. This is the second year of this URC sponsored internship.
This internship programme offers young people with a passion for global justice the opportunity to spend ten months working as a Christian Aid volunteer. The overall purpose of this role is to support and encourage young people and youth leaders – with particular focus on FURY – to become actively engaged in global issues, through Christian Aid’s campaigns, worship materials and fundraising projects.
Miriam, who has just completed a degree in Geography at the University of Sheffield, is a member of Holly Mount URC in Malvern and attended St Andrews URC whilst in Sheffield. She is very involved in FURY and is currently FURY secretary. Speaking of the internship, Miriam says: “I was attracted to this role because it fitted well with my interests and skills. I want to use my own passion for global development issues to raise awareness of Commitment for Life and Christian Aid, and to inspire young people within the URC to actively engage with these issues. I’m keen to increase my own awareness of how young people can be part of global change and I hope to bring energy and enthusiasm to this role –I’m really looking forward to getting started.”
Charis, who is now coming to the end of her internship, reflects on the past ten months. She says: “I’ve had an amazing time, with lots of great learning opportunities and experiences. I think the internship programme really has helped to raise awareness of development and justice issues, not just among young people, but across the entire denomination, and I’m sure this will continue with Miriam.”
Linda Mead, the URC’s programme coordinator for Commitment for Life added: “At Commitment for Life we’re very excited that we’ve been able to run the scheme for a second year – and have been extremely pleased with the way Charis, our first intern, has helped raised awareness of the programme. I look forward to working with Miriam as she takes the work forward.
Linda concludes: “If we are to continue giving hope and a future to those who struggle daily, we must look to the young people in our churches to become actively involved in global justice issues.”