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

Whats the point of youth work?

A pretty easy to answer question- isnt it? However, I was asked to do a 5 minute presentation on this question, and could have probably expanded it to a 150 credit module length of study. I imagine, knowing what the point of youthwork is is worth knowing so we know how to justify it and plead for its continuation. Here is what i think the … Continue reading Whats the point of youth work?

How might we respond and learn from young peoples challenging behaviour?

Whenever there is a question and answer session involving volunteers and developing community based youthwork, this is the one question that is almost certainly guarantee; What do you do with young peoples challenging behaviour? and it is a great question. Behind is often a combination of exasperation at what is going on, as well as a desire that the young people connect and benefit from … Continue reading How might we respond and learn from young peoples challenging behaviour?

What do we expect teenagers to be made of, a substance tougher than steel?

I saw this quote doing the rounds on Facebook today. Excuse its language. But dont excuse its sentiment. On one hand we could argue that young people in the 80’s and 90’s didnt have it too badly – and I should know i was one of them. Politicians got headlines for peace deals, climate change caused action, peace was a hopeful reality i large parts … Continue reading What do we expect teenagers to be made of, a substance tougher than steel?

Young people are just Bored? or 6 other reasons why young people are on the streets.

THEY’VE GOT NOTHING TO DO!  YOUNG PEOPLE ARE JUST BORED!!  So goes the common story about why young people might be on the streets. But, aside from those who do detached youthwork, might there be actually other reasons why young people might be there. Even in a much disputed small scale research by YFC recently revealed that a large % of young people liked being on … Continue reading Young people are just Bored? or 6 other reasons why young people are on the streets.

Christian Youthwork: Visiting young people in their homes.

If we’re honest, we all feel ‘at home’ in a wide variety of places. From the comfort of our dining table eating homecooked food, the lounge listening to music, out for a walk along the beach, there might be many places where we might call ‘home’ – it could be the allotment or the shed, or riding a bike – anywhere! However, have a moment … Continue reading Christian Youthwork: Visiting young people in their homes.

What can the church learn from Rio 2016? a list of 10…

So, the curtain has closed on the most recent of Olympic Games, in Rio, Brazil, the GB team have had their most successful, and congratulations to them by the way, especially the late night cheering for Jason Kenny, Bradley Wiggins, Laura Trott and Mo Farah. Various blog posts have been written about the legitimacy of the Olympics, and the cost of each medal- from essentially … Continue reading What can the church learn from Rio 2016? a list of 10…

Detached youthwork and pokemon go!

Whoo hoo! Young people are not inside playing on xboxes! !! They’re now outside wondering around wiggling their phones around, meeting at points and buildings finding pokemons and spots. Collecting items and having battles, and playing Pokemon Go! a game that is using the public space as the landscape for a series of challenges and interactions. At least they’re outside. So, what to do on … Continue reading Detached youthwork and pokemon go!

Detached youthwork- Starting conversations, building from the context

A common question in detached youth work training is ; ‘how do you start a conversation with a young person we meet on the streets?’ Now of course,  the conversation doesn’t happen without due preparation, or without having done some observation of the area and even the groups of young people, but when it comes to the crunch moment – what do you say? It’s … Continue reading Detached youthwork- Starting conversations, building from the context

Millenials dont exist

Millenials dont exist Millenials don’t exist – People do A Generation doesn’t exist – People do The poor doesn’t exist – People do Post-moderns dont exist – People do Generation Y doesnt exist – People do Christendom cant be reacted to – People can Secularism is only grasped at – People are real The lost arent anywhere – we’ve lost them. No one is reached- … Continue reading Millenials dont exist