Ten Commandments of Youth Work

10cm.jpg I had the privilige of listening to Bishop Roger Sainsbury last week and he presented his 10 Commandments of Youth Work, and here they are ……….
LISTEN TO THE VOICES OF YOUNG PEOPLE
HAVE A SPECIAL CONCERN FOR THE SOCIALLY EXCLUDED AND DISADVANTAGED
WORK CO-OPERATIVELY WITH OTHER AGENCIES, PARTICULARLY SCHOOLS
GIVE SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT A PRIORITY
DEMONSTRATE TOUGH LOVE
OFFER EMOTIONAL AND SPIRITUAL SECURITY
ORGANISE ACTIVITIES THAT HELP YOUNG PEOPLE FEEL VALUED AND SIGNIFICANT
CHALLENGE THE DEMONISATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE AND OFFER RESPECT
HELP BUILD COMMUNITY COHESION BY YOUTH WORK THAT EDUCATES YOUNG PEOPLE TO VALUE OUR COMMON HUMANITY AND SHARED CITIZENSHIP NOT SECTARIAN HATE
BE ACTIVE POLITICALLY TO SEEK LONG TERM FUNDING FOR YOUTH WORK FROM NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT
*The picture is illustrative of the 10 Commandments theme and not meant to bear any resembelance to Bishop Roger. Whether it actually looks like Moses is another debate entirely