How do you recognise a lesser spotted youthworker? Theyll be overheard saying these

If you were to gather a whole load of youthworkers together, or over hear them talking in the office or with family and friends, and theres a good chance you might hear some of the following. They are the audible signs that the person is a youthworker. 1. I wish you could get funding for developing purposeful relationships 2. No I don’t get paid just … Continue reading How do you recognise a lesser spotted youthworker? Theyll be overheard saying these

8 ways to get money for youth and community work:

I note with interest, and no shortage of encouragement to Martin Percy and Ali Campbells piece in the church times recently, who after receiving data from over 600 church based youth workers in the UK, concluded and made recommendations about the future pay of youthworkers, especially those based in churches, and maybe specifically the anglican church – but also denomination wide. You can read the … Continue reading 8 ways to get money for youth and community work:

The 12 days of Christmas (The youthwork cupboard clutter version)

After some ‘careful’ research via social media, and some willing participants, who might need counselling after disclosing, it time for the annual 12 days of Christmas song, this year its the  the youth work cupboard clutter version. So, if ‘your true love’ had found their way to the youth work/ministry cupboard, and gave gifts according to what they might have found, these might be on the … Continue reading The 12 days of Christmas (The youthwork cupboard clutter version)

35 Experiences that (probably) every youthworker has done:

We’ve all seen them, the ’20 things everyone from your city must have done’, or the bucket list of 10 things to do before you die, so just for fun on Friday, here are 35 things that I’m pretty sure many of us as youth workers of one sort or another have either done, or had experience of in our role or career to date. … Continue reading 35 Experiences that (probably) every youthworker has done:

‘Are you looking forward to your sabbatical?’ and 19 other unlikely phrases said by youthworkers

Picture the scene, theres two youth workers chatting together at a conference, and you’re listening in to their conversation, I would put a fair wage on none of these statements being mentioned by either of them: 1. Your sabbatical is coming up, what are you planning to do? 2. I’m off next week for my annually organised cpd to help me on my designated career … Continue reading ‘Are you looking forward to your sabbatical?’ and 19 other unlikely phrases said by youthworkers

With disruptions to them inevitable, Are strategies in youthwork worth the paper they’re written on?

Its not a negative question, but a realistic one; With all the disruptions to a strategy especially in youthwork- is it even worth bothering with one? Is it even possible to develop strategies for ‘industries’ that are so unpredictable, and people orientated? A possible solution is below, but first the case for the prosecution. Why strategies dont work… It can feel like a strategy for … Continue reading With disruptions to them inevitable, Are strategies in youthwork worth the paper they’re written on?

The 12 youthwork days of Christmas

  altogether now…..   On the 12 days of Christmas my youthworker gave to me… 12 annoying icebreakers 11 months of funding 10 broken ground rules 9 (or ninety) games of ping pong 8 hr sessional contracts 7 jeffs and smith books 6 franchise projects (speaking of which..) N….C…. S…….  (or if you cant bring yourself to say NCS, say D…B….S instead) 4 smart objectives … Continue reading The 12 youthwork days of Christmas

Working with young people might mean leaving the church. 

I was 18 at the time. Though this story has resonates to when I was 15. I’ve written about this before in a piece called ‘sorry young people, the church messed up’ from an apologetic perspective from being a young person. However this is the tale from the perspective of being a youthworker. I wonder whether we have to admit that if we want to … Continue reading Working with young people might mean leaving the church. 

How to last in youth ministry longer than a mobile phone contract

I cant speak about longevity in Youth Ministry with any great conviction or from experience. The longest I have spent in working for one church in one place is two years. And the longest I have spent working for a parachurch type project is 5 years, and recently 3 years at Durham YFC in which the last year was towards its closure. So, when I … Continue reading How to last in youth ministry longer than a mobile phone contract

Managing in Youth Work: Reflecting Spiritually, Closure and Endings

As I write this it is Saturday afternoon (in June 2017) (though not finished until Monday), and I have 1 week left being the Manager of a youth work organisation. The organisation itself is also about to close down during the summer. So if there was anything i would be able to reflect on right now it writing from the midst of the process of … Continue reading Managing in Youth Work: Reflecting Spiritually, Closure and Endings