In my previous article where i revisited ‘All Joined Up’ by Danny Brierley (2003) (here: http://wp.me/p2Az40-Mf), I came across a couple of sentences in which he described that the overarching philosophy of ‘youth work’ would be a way of challenging aspects of youth ministry where it was promoting unethical practices, faith manipulation, limited voluntary participation. I reflected further on this today, I was thinking of Youth … Continue reading Is Youth work a good ethical and artistic compass for Youth ministry?
Self indulgent article alert, but everyone is doing it at this time of the year…. I started 2016 with the thought that I wanted to do a bit more writing in the course of the year, 2015 I had had about 3,500 people read my blogs, and so I thought that I would try and at least match this in 2016 and write at least … Continue reading Reflecting on 2016 and the most read articles
If you havent seen Adam Curtis’s film ‘ Hyper-normalisation’ do so. Its on BBC i player, and a link to it is here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p04b183c/adam-curtis-hypernormalisation, you’ll need a strong coffee, a comfy seat and a large dose of concentration to get through all 136 Minutes of it, but if being a politically, worldly aware youthworker is your curse, then its worth it . An overview of it … Continue reading Questions raised for Youthworkers by ‘HyperNormalisation’
You’re getting on a bit to be a youth worker aren’t you… Is a common statement. As is the joke about being a youthworker and getting a proper job. Yeah as if being a vicar is a proper job… but why is age such an issue in youthwork as a caring profession? No one say the same about teachers, nurses or social workers, none of … Continue reading 10 reasons young adults make the best youthworkers
Writing about failure in the practice of youthwork feels like a daunting task, its the conversation no one wants to talk about. Never from a platform, a stage, a training event, or even in articles or books. It might be that youth work & ministry is a bed of roses, and thats the only way to sell it – but that surely hides a reality … Continue reading When might we be honest about failure?
Seaham Beach is only a few miles up the road from me, here in Hartlepool. Up until about 50 years ago various coal mining industries peppered the East Durham coast, including some that were situated on the coast itself. They poured out their blackened waste products onto the beaches starting at Seaham and the ‘slag’ worked its way down the coast, there’s a black ridge … Continue reading Learning Hope from Seaham beach
Beyond the table tennis jokes, and being paid to have coffee and go to meetings, being a youth worker is far more complex, from viewing young people in a distinctive way (at odds at times with the government, media, schools and social services), being involved in their lives in an equally distinctive informal way. Being a youth worker will require that you are astute in … Continue reading If you can deal with all of this, then being a youth worker is the right job for you
I’ve made a number of excuses for going for a run, or doing any exercise this year so far. Exercise thats involves more than walking around Durham with 100’s of library books, or walking around tescos pushing a shopping trolley. These have been the common excuses for not going out running; the only time Ive got I should be doing something else more important (even … Continue reading Overcoming the fear of walking
Over the last few weeks, on my youthwork management module we have delved back into the personality styles, and management behaviour theories such as Myers Briggs, or Belbins team roles. Usually these are offered in relation well, to teams, roles within teams or how people act in different situations such as organisations, with associated questionaires and elements of contextual adaption of the person in the … Continue reading Youthwork and Personality types
The old adage that no two days in youthwork are the same, is true, neither are any two days in a management position in a youthwork organisation. Some days can be an ongoing juggle of all the aspects of the work, all the different areas of responsibility, all the planned activities, and all the reactive ones. From all the funding streams, managing staff, budgeting, administration, … Continue reading Youthwork Management Juggling