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

We need to talk about Clergy to Youthworker Line-Management (part 2)

We dont need to worry too much about Management, im sure we’ll be fine or Im meant to be your line manager, theyve asked to do it, im sure we can work it out as we go Are words that I have heard on at least two occasions during the induction process (where there was an induction process) from Clergy in their role as line-manager … Continue reading We need to talk about Clergy to Youthworker Line-Management (part 2)

We need to talk about Clergy to Youthworker Line-Management (Part 1)

Does a Youthworker need to be Managed? Reflect on that question just for a moment. As you do, think about why they need to be managed, what about them needs to be managed – and what is ‘management’ at all?  Because one of the most pressing issues, that just does not go away is that of managing youthworkers, and in particularly the role of the line … Continue reading We need to talk about Clergy to Youthworker Line-Management (Part 1)

Managers/ Clergy; Dont take advantage of your youthworkers passion!

At the recent Federation of Detached youthwork conference in Leeds last weekend, Tania de St Croix presented insights from her Phd work, which has subsequently been published (a copy is here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Grassroots-Youth-Work-Resistance-Practice/dp/1447328604/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1479844846&sr=8-1&keywords=tania+de+st+croix In it she interviewed a whole load of youth workers, mostly part time ones, and found that, maybe unsurprisingly, youth workers intimated the Passion they had for their work. They were passionate about getting to … Continue reading Managers/ Clergy; Dont take advantage of your youthworkers passion!

Making the transition (1): From Youthworker to Youthworker/Manager

Its whats said of footballers at times isnt it? not every great player makes a great manager, and for those that try it out by getting their coaching badges and become player/managers the task is that much greater. For a trivia question ; can you name all of the player/managers in the premier league era? Its made especially tough they say when the player is … Continue reading Making the transition (1): From Youthworker to Youthworker/Manager