25 things for the youth and community worker to do during the Coronavirus outbreak

By now, most of you reading this will have probably cancelled youth group meetings, youth clubs and detached sessions, today I have suspending normal operations and trying to organise responses to this crisis. And it has crossed my mind, that as someone who is used to a youth work office, the regular face to face contact of young people, the delivery, then removing this, and … Continue reading 25 things for the youth and community worker to do during the Coronavirus outbreak

What if we treated young people (in the church) as Human?

What is it about young people that seems to be that they’re treated as something other that human? And, before someone in the church responds to say that they have a healthy and positive respect for young people, it’s the church that whilst it generates and maintains a good number of youth work and ministry provision, might also be in danger of regarding young people … Continue reading What if we treated young people (in the church) as Human?

10 Commandments for Youth workers

And lo, as the great throng of youthworketh did gather on the plain, the sound of hail and thunder roared and a dense cloud overcame them as they camped, they were all covered. Then there was the smoke and the whole mountain shook, and the youthworketh did appoint two leaders,   managers ,  facilitators , sorry i mean spent 2 more days developing junior leader to go upeth … Continue reading 10 Commandments for Youth workers

Full of Character (Frances Ward, 2019) – A Review – Do the characters obstruct the education on offer?

Full of Character (2019) – A review Although there may not be a rush to get book reviews out into the public space, this book is still only just released and is 2019, writing this review has felt as though it has been on my ‘to do’ list for over 4 months. I read it when i was relaxing and basking in the sun in … Continue reading Full of Character (Frances Ward, 2019) – A Review – Do the characters obstruct the education on offer?

‘In an ideal world you could just get funding for building relationships with young people’

How many times have you said that in the last 40 years? (As a youth/community worker) Not a relationship that had to make something else happen to justify the relationship, not a relationship where the young person ‘changed’, not a relationship in which entire decades of social harm, psychological damage caused by other relationship was solved in 4 months -type of relationship. Not a relationship … Continue reading ‘In an ideal world you could just get funding for building relationships with young people’

Why Evensong vs Guitars misses the point, in regard to young people and church.

How much is relevancy the reason why young people attend church? If its about relevancy – then what does this say about what we think about young people? just carried along by a crest of a wave, but what If, and I realise only readers of a certain age will get this , that young people are thinking, ‘So you have a guitar band- that … Continue reading Why Evensong vs Guitars misses the point, in regard to young people and church.

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)

12 responses to the question; what is youthwork all about?

What would you say the basics in youthwork are? what is it all about even? One of the things that has tormented many a youthworker is to establish what ‘youthwork’ actually constitutes. It may, constitute only as a conversation, being defined by youthworkers in their ongoing practice (this is also a view shared by Kerry Young, though this is not one her more popular concepts … Continue reading 12 responses to the question; what is youthwork all about?

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.

How evaluating youth work & ministry might be about performance

It’s a perennial question in youth work and ministry – how can it be evaluated? Measured or even- shudder – what are it’s measurable outcomes? It’s a question that has been asked of me in a couple of settings recently. Not going to give away the details of where. But behind the question is a frustration that the wider culture of practice makes determinations of … Continue reading How evaluating youth work & ministry might be about performance