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

Youth Ministry’s embarrassingly slow turn to consider core youth work practices

The church is now doing a ‘thing’ on Mental Health, writes Will van der hart, in this article in Christianity today: https://www.christiantoday.com/article/how.the.church.went.from.hero.to.zero.on.mental.health/111414.htm?internal_source=ct_related_news , saying that since 2006 he and other have been banging on about mental health and young people. And thats great, that a national event like soul survivor is hosting a seminar on the topic. And its also as great that a major national evangelistic … Continue reading Youth Ministry’s embarrassingly slow turn to consider core youth work practices

The 10 Alternative Youth work awards

This week has been a ‘mixed feelings’ kind of week. This evening i have found myself inspired by stories of how a youth work project has had significant effect on young people even in a short time of being open, of how creating a homely environment has given young people a safe and inclusive space, just great. This week has also seen the end of … Continue reading The 10 Alternative Youth work awards

Maybe its time to fine churches who arent doing any youthwork.

Just imagine, what if every parish church ( let alone every church in every denomination) was involved in some kind of provision of youth work, for children and young adults? So, thats 200 odd parish churches in most dioceses, and I would hazard a guess that most of these churches do ‘something’ – whether a boys brigade, or a youth fellowship – but what if every church … Continue reading Maybe its time to fine churches who arent doing any youthwork.

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. 

If Young people exist in community – should youth workers develop positive community approaches?

In  a few weeks time im delivering a workshop at the Federation of Detached youthwork conference, the title of which I am yet to finalise, but in readiness of the conference and its theme, i have asked around a few places to get a few definitions of ‘Youth work’ as well as gather some from the resources i have to hand on my bookshelf, or recent … Continue reading If Young people exist in community – should youth workers develop positive community approaches?

Youth work? Church; its over to you. (again)

So today marked the day when the targetted programme to help young people get Jobs programme, known as NCS was given effectively royal ascent in the Queens Speech. A programme that channels young peoples future into predetermined outcomes relating to employability became the nationally recognised government statutory provision for young people in England. Yes, thats young people who might have been excluded from school. Young … Continue reading Youth work? Church; its over to you. (again)

Cultivating young peoples creativity in youth ministry

In a report in the TES newspaper, business leaders have raised significant concerns about the structure of schools, and the prioritising of exams in schools which have little baring on the skills required for the broad and varied world of work: the article is here.  Its as if the sausage machine of the school system is only capable of churning out a distinctly few different types … Continue reading Cultivating young peoples creativity in youth ministry