I did. Think about the qualities of youth and community workers. Generally. The ones that aren’t a walking ego in an empire building trip with no self reflection or awareness (the externalisers) are usually in it to change the world and make it a better place for others, the young people or the communities in which they serve. They often think about others before themselves … Continue reading Reasons why youthworkers should go to therapy
Im serious. Though, It’s fortunate that Peter Ball and Ben Field have had justice brought to them, I guess then everyone else can relax in the church now, because obviously there cant be any more dangerous abusive psychopaths in it any more. Now that these two have been dealt with, we can all take a breath and feel a warm sense of relief. Trump, the … Continue reading Heres why its possible that your local vicar might be a psychopath.
Just for fun, and I may do a review of the year in a later piece, but I thought I would do a short quiz, and all you need to do is work out which year the quote was from. Sometimes, for me, we can be ignorant of who has said similar things before, about the same issues, that have emerged this year. Give your … Continue reading End of 2020: The Learning from the Streets Quiz of the year(s)
A few weeks ago, the community of the #ycwchat twitter chat spontaneously designed the possibly very first Youthwork the musical, and boy did it have drama, tears (not tiers) , suspense, character development and it showed resilience, determination and true grit (and just from me hosting) So here in all its glory, its the write up from this spectacular event, for your Christmas enjoyment: Act … Continue reading Youthwork the Musical: an improvised performance in 6 acts
2020.. the year that This year, this has been particularly true, hasn’t it? (but its been the same for virtually everyone too) Its been a strange old year, some have unprecedentally used the word unprecedented in many unprecedented ways. The youth and community work fraternity has been hit, affected by it all, like everyone. And so, I felt that it was time to tip our … Continue reading You know you’re a youthworker, in 2020, when you’ve said these…
Over the last few months I have started to write about more personal, less professional things, and I have chosen to do them on a separate blog, Ill still write personal stuff here now and then, but I realised that I was writing so many pieces that were not strictly youth work related that I wanted to keep a bit of a distinction. So, this … Continue reading New blog; ‘Healing for Men’
I couldn’t have written this piece 10 years ago I would have denied it I couldn’t have been educated on this 20 years ago It wasnt a thing I would have avoided trying to think about it So I get it. I would have had to look at me, and that terrified me. So I would have avoided it. I will try……. to fix … Continue reading Can Christian youth workers be Codependent no more?
I was so nervous today. I had to make one of those really difficult decisions and choices. It was hard. Really hard to do. It was out of my comfort zone. I had the usual build up, the worry, the ‘what will others think of me’ thoughts. I had to just do it. But it was difficult. And it was this. I had to say … Continue reading Dear Youthworker; You are more important than you realise.
Have a think about some of the usual things that you have to do as a youth worker to prioritise your own self care if you’re working for an organisation, especially a church, they are often things like Time Management, Boundaries, Valuing your own time, Setting good priorities, Saying ‘No’, delegating. They are said alot. In the Twitter chat on self care, week one, most … Continue reading Why do we need to talk about Codependency in the church?
Have you ever heard the following said? The children need us, and we need them Said by an individual about their own children? or maybe even by a youth worker or volunteer, who is about to, or hasn’t been able to do their ‘usual’ holiday club this summer. Or what about the following: We need you to do what you can so that we don’t … Continue reading Is Co-dependency an issue in Youth Ministry?