Youthworkers today arent speaking from a position of strength, in society or the church – but then again have they ever?

Theres a bit of a recurring conversation going on in a number of different places at the moment, that is building a conclusion that Youthworkers today arent speaking from a position of strength. On one hand there has been the decimation, or virtual obliteration of funding from local councils (brought about from national government funding reductions, excused by ‘austerity’ as a narrative) towards statutory youth … Continue reading Youthworkers today arent speaking from a position of strength, in society or the church – but then again have they ever?

Are young people born since 2000 to be known as the Austerity Generation?

Imagine being 10 and at youth club that evening the leaders pass the bucket around, and ask you to make a cake to sell to keep the youth club going. Imagine being 11 and the youth club that you went to closing. Imagine being 12 and your parents have to move house because, after your brother moved out last year, they cant afford to stay … Continue reading Are young people born since 2000 to be known as the Austerity Generation?

‘its got nothing to do with the cuts to youth services’ – or has it…. ?

‘Its got nothing to do with the reduction in youth services’ At least that has been the governments response to recent news items such as; The increase in County lines in the last 4 years report 9th feb is here. But its their response after today’s news on radio 5 thus morning. The increase in knife crime in London The increase in young people referring … Continue reading ‘its got nothing to do with the cuts to youth services’ – or has it…. ?

Mourning the expected death of NCS

We should be getting ready for the tragic and solemn occasion of the end of the NCS programme, probably by the end of 2018. For, now that the governments flagship programme for young people has been subject to ‘efficiency savings’ in the last three months, been requested that the narked off voluntary sector support it and signpost young people to it. Today it has been … Continue reading Mourning the expected death of NCS

Austerity; the political choice no one believes anymore.

The day after watching, I Daniel Blake, and our current Government announce that £369 million of tax payers money is being spent on Buckingham Palace. The Story is here : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38025513 Countless millions is now being spent on the Legal system to negotiate Brexit. Money that could have been used elsewhere. Yet the NHS is accused of over spending, but I didnt see any legal fee targets the … Continue reading Austerity; the political choice no one believes anymore.

The NCS debacle continues, Young people are set to lose out twice.  

I saw this in the locally printed county Durham news a few weeks ago. It’s an advert in a paper for adults to appeal to them to send their children on a life changing experience for a week. For ‘not more than £50’. Looks a bargain doesn’t it? Until that is the true cost of NCS is weighed up. 1. Young people in some of … Continue reading The NCS debacle continues, Young people are set to lose out twice.  

When the government does these things we will know it cares about young people. 

So according to today’s reports £80 MILLION pounds has been announced by the government to go towards youth projects. Whether this is reallocation of new funds or existing  , or new directives for lottery funding is to be awaited. Yet two days after or one day before an announcement on grammar schools the announcement is particularly ‘timely’. Yet £80 MILLION is a drop in the … Continue reading When the government does these things we will know it cares about young people. 

What if all the christians went on strike?

As Martin Luther said; “When it comes to faith, what a living, creative, active, powerful thing it is. It cannot do other than good at all times. It never waits to ask whether there is some good work to do, rather, before the question is raised, it has done the deed, and keeps on doing it.” Yet, is the immeasurable amount of good that Christians are … Continue reading What if all the christians went on strike?

Is ‘Prevent’ the beginnings of controlling value based organisations?

Following the ongoing consultation by the government in regard to regulating and registering organisations who provide after school and holiday time care, the consultation is here: Forgive the length of this piece of work, it is based upon my MA presentation on the effect of Government policy on Organisation Governance, which doesnt sound particularly exciting, but a time when this consultation is available to respond … Continue reading Is ‘Prevent’ the beginnings of controlling value based organisations?