Youthworkers may have disappeared from communities – but their legacy lives on (and is more expensive than before)

‘We have to find things that young people are interested in, and good for them, despite it not necessarily being profitable’  ‘Recently we’ve been trying to challenge young peoples views on society and their contribution in it’ ‘we have problems with the whole confidence agenda, its not a false confidence we want young people to have, but one based on competence, and being genuinely good … Continue reading Youthworkers may have disappeared from communities – but their legacy lives on (and is more expensive than before)

‘You’re a detached youth worker, whats that then?’ And 12 other common questions faced by youth workers

So, im not at many Dinner Parties, but the odd social occasion, like a friends wedding, or even some moments in churches, dont go past without that feeling of slight dread, when someone asks ‘What do you do’? , Often i try and be so interested in other peoples lives, careers, jobs and families ( a good youthworker trick) that time goes by without them … Continue reading ‘You’re a detached youth worker, whats that then?’ And 12 other common questions faced by youth workers

Should the Church/Youthwork work with the Police?

One of my very first blogs was about the fine line between Detached youthwork and informal policing, in it I posed the question about how detached work could become so closely linked to a cheap form of policing that young people wouldnt know the difference. The full article is HERE. However, the question I thought it would be worth asking is – Should agencies such as … Continue reading Should the Church/Youthwork work with the Police?