Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Youth Services Team

Team Contacts:

Head of Youth Services: Fr. Dermott Donnelly


Contact address:

St. Joseph’s,
Thorneyhome Terrace,
DH9 0BL.

Telephone: 01207 299012

The Diocese is committed to supporting our young people. A central part of this provision is through the Youth Ministry Team, who are based at The Emmaus Village and have their own external website.

During these uncertain times YMT continues to minister and reach out to young people and those who work with them. At this moment in time, the Youth Village is unable to receive guests, but YMT is responding in various ways as it accompanies the young people of the diocese and beyond.

The Gap Year Team is engaged in an ongoing formation programme, which encourages them in their own personal faith journeys and helps them discover their giftedness as well as exploring the truths of the faith. With the help of Fr. Sean Hall, they have been reflecting on Church documents such as Gaudete et Exultate, (Call to Holiness) and Evangelii Gaudium (Joy of the Gospel). The Team is also journeying with the Society of the Sacred Heart in participating in a Discernment Programme. They have also been developing practical skills by working with organisations such as ‘If You Care Share’, a local Mental Health Charity conducting training sessions on mental health well-being.

As they navigate new ways of ministering to young people, the Team have partnered with TABOR Community from the Philippines to encounter fellow youth ministers and explore youth ministry virtually. They also had a lively participation with the work of the Mercy Hub in running their holiday club.


The Team have been creating resources for young people of the Diocese and beyond. At the request of Catholic Bishops’ Conference via CYMFed, YMT was instrumental in creating a national resource on the beatification of Carlo Acutis with over 15k views and now translated into Arabic and Maltese.

Other planned resources include:

  • Monthly Reflection Resources for Schools in return for school fundraising.

  • Youth Friday & Youth Sunday resources – national involvement and providing Diocesan resources.

  • Wait-a-minute, it’s Advent’ daily minute reflections for every day during Advent from different people across the Diocese.

  • #YMTshortCAT - YMT’s short Catechism: these are online Team reflections on Church teachings. These resources will also be forwarded to schools and parishes for their use.

  • #AskaGapper - YMT interaction with young people over social media, where young people are encouraged to ask them questions. Feedback has been positive and we are receiving about 25 average questions on our second take over day.

  • #YMTwitness – A vlog style of interaction where young people, ex-team members, co-workers of YMT share what it means to be part of the YMT. This is to showcase the work of YMT in the words of those who have witnessed its ministry.

  • #WOW – Words of Wisdom. Weekly words of wisdom that will be posted on social media.

  • Confirmation Programme – writing, creating, and delivering a Confirmation programme with 4 sessions to be used by catechists.

  • Catechists’ Media Training – training programme and resources will be created to enable catechists to use new mediums of communication.

  • Calendar events resources were provided for the following:

    • All Souls

    • Remembrance Day

    • Blessed Carlo Acutis national resource

YMT IS using a number of media platforms in order to minister and reach out; however, it is very much aware of the fact that there is no substitute for human interaction. It is with this in mind that YMT is constantly in conversation with the people with whom they work to make sure that this will happen in a safe and responsible way at the earliest possible time.

Meeting regularly throughout the year Forum Members Network, support and inform one another. The group currently consists of representatives from the following organisations:

CAFOD Youth Leadership
Catholic Youth Ministry Federation (CYMFed)
Lourdes Youth Pilgrimage
More Than Dance
Pope John Paul II Award
SVP - Youth
Young Christian Workers
Youth for Christ (CFC - YFC)
Youth Ministry Team