‘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…. ?

In a digital culture, is youthwork stuck in the dark ages?

‘The days are gone where youd just pull up a pool table and have this kind of open space where there was chaos’ This was a reflection to me, from a community member, recently when talking about young people in a community in the north east. In a way, i could see the persons point, in a ‘digital age’ what point would table tennis be … Continue reading In a digital culture, is youthwork stuck in the dark ages?

IDYW: A 16 point pledge to Re-imagining a new youth service in the UK

I am sharing this statement of purpose from In defence of Youthwork on this site, Tony Taylor has on many occasions shared my reflections on youthwork and faith, it is simply right that for young people in the UK that a coherant informal universal youth service is established, and done so on the basis of the 16 statements agreed at the recent IDYW conference. Please … Continue reading IDYW: A 16 point pledge to Re-imagining a new youth service in the UK

‘Albermarleys were dead to begin with…’ A Youthwork Christmas carol.

‘Albermarleys were dead to begin with’,   Rang the sound in bells that hung over the town. It was Christmas eve and the workers at The department of education were still hard at it, while the rest of the village gathered festivities and trees and danced upon ice and shopped and smiled, but not those education workers who did the accounts and balanced their books. At … Continue reading ‘Albermarleys were dead to begin with…’ A Youthwork Christmas carol.

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

We shouldnt knock NCS, its the only good thing this government has done for young people in 7 years.

Earlier this week I was having a pretty down sort of day, nothing major in the major sense of the word, fed up, half way through a fairly quiet/dull week off annual leave and hadnt really done anything, then a few money worries added to this, and I played and lost a game of tennis against my son, less out of physical inability just mentally … Continue reading We shouldnt knock NCS, its the only good thing this government has done for young people in 7 years.

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

Trying to cling onto values based youth and community work, in an outcomes orientated society.

I was prompted to think about writing a piece or two about values in youth work/youth ministry by a friend of mine, yet as i thought about it struck me that I hadnt really written a piece about youth work values for a long while. Then i thought, what is as surprising is that talking about values in youth work seems a bit ‘twee’ or … Continue reading Trying to cling onto values based youth and community work, in an outcomes orientated society.

Something socially good is lost when youth clubs are closing. 

On the morning of Fidel Castro’s death, a possible recount of the votes in one American state and a huge swell of media attention to historic sex offences in football ( top three stories right now on BBC news website), there wont be many column inches spared to the pending closure of the Universal youth provision in Brighton which was announced in the last two … Continue reading Something socially good is lost when youth clubs are closing. 

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.