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?)

What might the future of..Community/youth work management?..be like after the covid-19 pandemic?

Yeah, I know. That’s what I thought too… The question that literally no one is asking. I’ve got to admit, when it comes to the ‘future’ of, things that are buzzing around, future of the church, future of youth ministry, future of communities, future of society and welfare, they all conjure up radical thinking, deep reflection and an energy.  Practice led passions, practice led prophetic … Continue reading What might the future of..Community/youth work management?..be like after the covid-19 pandemic?

If Humans are good; That means young people are too

This is the second of my blogs based upon Rutger Bregmans book Humankind: A hopeful History (2020) a book that is about to be 2nd top selling in the charts this week, in its release. My previous one is here   and its on the unsurprising reality of Human kindness during crisis. As a signpost, Ill look at leadership, power and character in the next piece, but, I … Continue reading If Humans are good; That means young people are too

Human goodness through the pandemic, why it shouldn’t have been a surprise:

You, I and the vast majority can give ourselves a significant pat on the back. For the last 10 weeks, in the main, we did what humans do. We respond with kindness, dignity and love in a crisis. It wasn’t extraordinary kindness, unprecedented community spirit- it is part of our DNA, our make up. Have a think about the crisis’ that have befallen you and … Continue reading Human goodness through the pandemic, why it shouldn’t have been a surprise:

4 helpful questions for dealing with narcissist leaders

Its one thing spotting a narcissist, and what that person is doing to you, its quite another thing being able to do something about it. This article in Psychology today, describes some of the signs of narcissist abuse and also the common phrases that they use. There are a number of ways, and I am seriously no expert, apart from considerable personal experience, in trying … Continue reading 4 helpful questions for dealing with narcissist leaders

The beginnings of a theology of Zoom fatigue

Are you noticing how exhausting working on zoom is? yes? well you’re not alone, zoom fatigue is now a thing. Its as if coping with the grief, loss and distancing of the pandemic aren’t enough, now 5-6 weeks in zoom fatigue is hitting us hard. Its causing challenges like ‘unscheduled afternoon naps’ , a hankering after old fashioned ring tone phones, even MSN messenger (kids … Continue reading The beginnings of a theology of Zoom fatigue

13 ways Zoom could be more Youth work Friendly

Just imagine that world before zoom, feels a long time ago now doesn’t it, those heady days of early march, spring sunshine, freedom of movement, travel and many other things in life we did with barely a thought, that we dont have now. But one we do have now, at the forefront of many of our lives, in a way that wasn’t before is zoom. … Continue reading 13 ways Zoom could be more Youth work Friendly

25 things for the youth and community worker to do during the Coronavirus outbreak

By now, most of you reading this will have probably cancelled youth group meetings, youth clubs and detached sessions, today I have suspending normal operations and trying to organise responses to this crisis. And it has crossed my mind, that as someone who is used to a youth work office, the regular face to face contact of young people, the delivery, then removing this, and … Continue reading 25 things for the youth and community worker to do during the Coronavirus outbreak