Detached youth work is back! (& here’s some ideas and resources to help)

  Agreed. It may be out of necessity than choice in a Covid-19 infected world. But there is no doubt about it, there has been a steep rise in youth workers, projects, agencies and church groups beginning detached youthwork in the UK and world in the last 6 months (depending on the lockdown guidelines per country) Yet well done! Well done for not waiting for … Continue reading Detached youth work is back! (& here’s some ideas and resources to help)

The Street as the space to be a youth worker

    The street the place to gather with mask and queue and sit awkwardly, together apart. The place that’s virus safer than inside, just. The place that’s abuse safer than inside just. The place that’s free than inside, just. The place for freedom to make and shape. That place between the other places.   So stop.   Be in it longer, be between, stand … Continue reading The Street as the space to be a youth worker

Learning from the aphids on my Chilli plants

I am now in the fourth season of growing chillies, I planted the current crop from seed in January, and now 25 (sorry 24, I gave one away) plants adorn my small flat, taking up window sills and the balcony. I think ive eaten 6 green fruits and I’m giving the chance for the other fruits to ripen and turn red, unless I need them … Continue reading Learning from the aphids on my Chilli plants

Humankind, Rutger Bregman (2020) : A review

Here is a copy of my recent review of Humankind by Rutger Bregman, as published on the Transformation/Open democracy Site , a link is here: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/transformation/all-you-need-love/     “Can we dare to think people are kind, and shape organisations around this view?”   That’s the question Rutger Bregman examines in his latest book Humankind, and it’s one that anyone involved in youth and community work like me … Continue reading Humankind, Rutger Bregman (2020) : A review

#YCWCHAT – going live this evening

If you’re on twitter, you might like to join in with this conversation space in a few hours time…   This weeks Theme will be announced later today   I look forward to the conversation!  do join in   and suggest themes for the future – so we can have more conversations, learn and reflect together!   And yes, Im quite excited by this… can’t … Continue reading #YCWCHAT – going live this evening

Thanks for reading; but I’m really not much of a writer

Its nice that you think so; but we’re not much of a Youthwork project   I really don’t read that much    Im not really an expert on doing youth work, not compared to…   The staff think that they’re never doing as much as they could do   Im not that much of a blogger, no, its just something I do to keep me … Continue reading Thanks for reading; but I’m really not much of a writer

If people are good – why doesn’t the church believe it? (A theology of Humankind: part 3)

This is the 3rd piece in my series on reflecting on the nature of Humanity, inspired by Rutger Bregmans latest book, Human kind (2020) which has helped to affirm for me what I had often experienced as a youth and c community worker, the reality that, basically when you get to know people, and meet people, they, in the main are usually pretty decent, and shock, horror, … Continue reading If people are good – why doesn’t the church believe it? (A theology of Humankind: part 3)

Is it time to take the rainbows down?

At some point, it crossed my mind, that we might start to think about taking down the rainbows from our windows, just like we stopped clapping, I know friends who already have, and their words about this have shaped some of what I have tried to convey here. For what the rainbow symbolises feels nothing like the promise, the hope, and the reality of the … Continue reading Is it time to take the rainbows down?

A Theology of Human Kind-ness (Part 2)

This is the second part in a series on reflecting on Human kind by Rutger Bregman, and taking note of what it might mean theologically to consider the Human condition in a more realistic way. The first part is here.  In this second part, I want to look at the final chapters of Bregmans book, as if to complete a theological survey of his key … Continue reading A Theology of Human Kind-ness (Part 2)

Guest Post: Has the Coronavirus revealed kindness? (or is it the norm?)

After I had been reading Human kind (2020) , and talking about it alot, I invited Teresa Driver from the Annexe and Dyke House Big Local in Hartlepool, to share some of her experiences of what life and work has been like as a community worker in the Dyke House area of Hartlepool, the north east of England. I was keen to find out from her, what … Continue reading Guest Post: Has the Coronavirus revealed kindness? (or is it the norm?)