Heres why its possible that your local vicar might be a psychopath.

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.

Dear Youthworker; You are more important than you realise.

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.

#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

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?

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

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

Why practice supervision should be an essential for youth and community work/ministry roles

I sometimes think I just get paid to drink coffee. But I dont. Well, actually I do. Actually I get paid to be a practice supervisor with community and youth practitioners and do this mostly in coffee shops around the north. And sometimes I think i’m the only person that’s doing this, or thankfully working with organisations (or self employed) who also value this. Though … Continue reading Why practice supervision should be an essential for youth and community work/ministry roles

‘How was your experience of youth group today?’ Evaluating Youth work in an evaluation culture

‘How was your experience in Tescos today’ ‘please tell us how you feel about the cleanliness of the toilets today’ ‘share your experiences of the airport security today’ ‘your opinion matters to us’ In case you haven’t noticed, its as if we’re living in a culture where opinions and where evaluation is all around us. I was travelling to Canada last week, and at each … Continue reading ‘How was your experience of youth group today?’ Evaluating Youth work in an evaluation culture

What if we treated young people (in the church) as Human?

What is it about young people that seems to be that they’re treated as something other that human? And, before someone in the church responds to say that they have a healthy and positive respect for young people, it’s the church that whilst it generates and maintains a good number of youth work and ministry provision, might also be in danger of regarding young people … Continue reading What if we treated young people (in the church) as Human?