Salesian Youth Ministry

Don Bosco was the first saint to found a congregation not only for young people but with young people. As Salesians, we see youth ministry not as a product but as an experience of relationship, whether that takes place in schools and parishes or at youth-gathers and summer activities. There are many different types of mission we do for and with the young: have a browse and contact us if you'd like to know more.

Salesian Youth Ministry


Our youth work volunteers are called 'animators', which we hope gives you a picture of the Salesian youth ministry approach: bringing life and spirit to our interactions with the young.

We offer programmes of training and formation for young people who want to become animators, and opportunities for trained animators to volunteer in the UK and other countries.

Salesian Youth Ministry animator t-shirt
Young people at Salesian summer camp

Walking with the young

Our youth ministry team is Salesian-led, with Salesians and lay co-workers as members, and we play a full part in the international scene across Europe as part of Don Bosco Youth-Net, and in the worldwide Salesian Youth Movement.

We support schools, parishes and chaplains in their work with the young, organise pilgrimages and provide summer activities for young people who are in need of a break for various reasons. Young adult volunteers can spend a gap year at Savio House, working with young people and gaining valuable skills and experience. Our latest project reaches out to young refugees and asylum seekers.

Find out more about our activities.

Latest News

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Good grief

Good grief

On the Feast of All Souls, as we begin the month of remembrance, Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy...

Posted: Mon, 02 Nov 2020 07:00

Take a tour round Savio Salesian College

Take a tour round Savio Salesian College

Not all of us get the opportunity to visit our Salesian schools, so taking a virtual...

Posted: Thu, 22 Oct 2020 18:21

Mama Margaret's - helping women in Kenya earn a living

Mama Margaret's - helping women in Kenya earn a living

Recently, we've shared news of how the Salesian Sisters in Dagoretti Market, Nairobi,...

Posted: Thu, 22 Oct 2020 10:39

Latest Resources

Returning to school: a Salesian Perspective

Returning to school: a Salesian Perspective

As schools move towards bringing back more pupils with the easing of lockdown, our Province Salesian Education and Schools delegate, Fr David O'Malley,...

A Novena to the Sacred Heart for our special times

A Novena to the Sacred Heart for our special times

A novena to the Sacred Heart is usually prayed in the nine days preceding the Feast, but can be prayed at any time for your special intentions. This new...

A school Chaplaincy's lockdown tips for students

A school Chaplaincy's lockdown tips for students

Pray, be kind, be imaginative, be positive! Down-to-earth lockdown tips for students from a Chaplaincy Assistant.

What's On

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26th October 2020 - 30th October 2020

Morning Prayer from Royal Holloway, London

Morning prayer from the Chapel of Royal Holloway, is streamed by Fr John Dickson SDB at 8:45am Monday - Friday, during university term-time.

28th October 2020, 17:45

Mid-week Mass

Join the Thornleigh Salesian Community on the Province Facebook page at 17:45 each Wednesday evening for Mass.

30th October 2020, 19:00

Prayer and a Pint

Prayer and a Pint is now at 7pm. Catch up with Salesian Youth Ministry online on Friday night, and share prayer and the drink of your choice.

21st November 2020, 10:00


Youth event organised by youth ministry workers in the north-west.