Hello, and welcome to ‘Learning from the Streets’ a blog by me, James Ballantyne, which at the moment has about 500 articles on it, ranging from detached youthwork, youth ministry, community development, theology, mission and Theodrama. Please do take a look around, use the menus and tags to find articles of practical help or further discussion.
My recent professional role is as the North East Development worker for Frontier Youth Trust, which involves developing conversations with clergy and others who have the desire to develop faith based community/youth work in their local areas. For more information click the link above: FYT/Streetspace in the North East.
Up until June 2017 I was the Centre Director at Durham YFC which involved managing and supervising youthworkers, and helping in the delivery of detached youthwork, after-schools open youth clubs and schools based mentoring work in County Durham.
I have just completed an MA in Theology and Ministry at St Johns Durham
Currently I am self employed and have delivered training and lectures for ICC, SWYM and CYM, as well as training and seminars for Exeter YMCA, Exmouth ICE, Deep Impact (scotland), St Andrews Episcopal Diocese (Scotland), Newcastle Diocese on a variety of aspects in youthwork and ministry, such as detached youthwork, strategy and approaches, and theology and youth ministry.
Please do contact me using the form below if you require assistance on any aspect of the following
Detached youthwork training, guidance, support or advice
Developing strategy and approaches to youth ministry
Theology and youth work/ministry
Managing youth workers
Supervising youth workers
Or if theres something else that you think I can help with, maybe writing, or consultancy or providing guidance or support, then please do be in contact.
Thank you for visiting this site, I hope you found reading the articles interesting and stimulating for your practice of working with young people, please comment, share anything that might be of help to you and your volunteers. Thank you.
Please do contact me if you would like to book training, seminars, or lectures especially on subjects like Detached youth work, mentoring, youthwork practice, management and youthwork, developing strategies for youthwork and Youth, church and Mission.
To contact me directly do so via Jamesballantyne1978@yahoo.co.uk or leave a comment below, thank you.
You can also find me at Twitter on https://twitter.com/JamesOSM or @Jamesosm