‘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…. ?

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

What do we expect teenagers to be made of, a substance tougher than steel?

I saw this quote doing the rounds on Facebook today. Excuse its language. But dont excuse its sentiment. On one hand we could argue that young people in the 80’s and 90’s didnt have it too badly – and I should know i was one of them. Politicians got headlines for peace deals, climate change caused action, peace was a hopeful reality i large parts … Continue reading What do we expect teenagers to be made of, a substance tougher than steel?

Surveying the landscape

I am writing this from the 2013 Federation of Detached Youthwork conference (FDYW) in which i am with other detached youthworkers from across England and Wales ( as no one from Scotland could make it) who have gathered to listen and learn and share. The theme emerges and is repeated of stories, anguish and pain of the demise of not only youth services across the … Continue reading Surveying the landscape