For detached – why context matters

For 10 years now I’ve been involved in delivering detached youthwork in a number of settings, and not just city, rural and suburb, but also neutral space, community , school and college. For me the two key factors that enable quality conversations to happen are the following; A. The geographical distance from adults who control the space, and B. The  Aims and intentions of the … Continue reading For detached – why context matters

Who gets to make the decisions about young people?

This afternoon I was listening to Radio 5 live in which they had an interview with Lenny Henry. He was talking about the reflecting he was doing for a lengthy Phd which had developed over a period of time. During the time he researched at the colour of skin of sports people (black) in films over and against their coaches ( white/ usually the lead … Continue reading Who gets to make the decisions about young people?

Helping young people just cope isn’t enough..

I was recently in a conversation with a youthwork professional who was describing a situation where they had given young people in a church the opportunity to share their issues about life,  questions they had and to use these to plan the future direction of their group in terms of activities.  Amongst other things, such as bullying, eating disorders and pressure to conform,  the worker … Continue reading Helping young people just cope isn’t enough..

Where is reflective youthwork practice in the Practical Theology discourse?

One of the real benefits of studying at ICC on the Ba in Youthwork and applied theology, and I imagine some of the other equivalent courses in the UK, was that a deliberate attempt, due to national youth & community work accreditation, for these courses in ‘Christian’ colleges (colleges which adhered to ecumenical Christian values ) to educate and give christian youthworkers a language of … Continue reading Where is reflective youthwork practice in the Practical Theology discourse?

10 things detached youthwork is very good at

In response to the 10 misconceptions about detached youthwork of a few weeks ago, here are 10 things that detached youthwork is very good at: It build relationships with young people that have the added bonus that both parties can walk away. Because the youthworkers go into the space that the young people are in, detached workers dont have to worry about equipment or buildings, … Continue reading 10 things detached youthwork is very good at

Gender issues in Detached Youthwork- Why boys dont let girls speak

One of the things that remained constant in delivering detached youthwork in the small (ish) urban setting of Perth, Scotland , and initially surprising ( revealing perhaps prejudgement of the situation) was that in the main there was almost a 50/50 split between the number of females to males out in the public areas of the town. Im comparison, in a rural town, the groups … Continue reading Gender issues in Detached Youthwork- Why boys dont let girls speak

So is what you’re doing christian?

was a question i was asked by someone in church the other week, someone who was a visitor to the church and who had found out that i was a ‘christian youth worker’ and because of this wanted me to put some of their evangelistic mission posters up in a local school. It has taken me a little while to want to articulate a response … Continue reading So is what you’re doing christian?