Admin (dis)continued

Thanks for the comments yesterday about admin. It seems that broadly speaking my thesis that youth workers are not natural administrators was correct. The good advice was appreciated as were the links, it does seem however that the tri-une neccessities for Youth work admin are the In tray, the shredder and the bin!
It actually looks quite an impressive system until you realise that the In tray is just a holding point before stuff makes the complex transition from tray to shredder to bin, or the simpler ‘tray to bin’ manouvre. I also note that there is a vast swathe of stuff that never even touches the In Tray!!!!!! I’ll not suggest any organisations or style of literature that might be in this catergory 😉
Further to my thesis I reckon that this is because youthwork values are applied to paperwork …
Voluntary participation = I don’t have to read that stuff
Informal education = I’ll absorb the information through process not by reading and filing
Relational Approach = If its important enough, someone will tell me about it
Empowerment = I’m giving people the opportunity to take responsibility by having to find new ways of getting information to/from me
ht for above picture to amazing time management secrets via Len.

Youth workers and Admin

Mountaineer, Youth worker and top bloke, Hutch posed a question about admin support for youth workers and it got me thinking!
type.jpg As a broad generalisation (and you can shoot me down in flames here) …..
There are a few I know where they have both gifts but generally the two tend to me mutually exclusive, all youth workers can do admin BUT I reckon it’s often a struggle and normally a bit chaotic!
So the question of whether youth workers should get Admin support is an intersting one! In my last Church I had a building to run as well as doing yoof wurk and didn’t have any admin support. Thankfully the young people were absolutely fantastic and would regularly pitch in with inputting data, sorting stuff out or acting in a kind of consultancy role, “IAN YOU’VE FORGOTTEN TO …… BLAH BLAH BLAH. I even had one teenager who used to review documents for me and put stuff like Grammar and spelling in (thanks Tessa).
In my current job I have a quarter of an admin person’s time (in which she achieves at least double WHAT I could do administratively in that time) but I really need to take some time out to redesign my filing system, books, resources and computer folders!
Oooppps may have rambled a bit 🙂 BUT the point of this was, What’s the best Admin tip/trick you’ve learnt?
Do share (I have A LOT to learn)

Girls and Self Image

I know this is a commercial type site (Dove Soap) but I thought it was rather good. I’m all for stuff that tackles what a huge issue Self-worth is, and attacks the crud thats out there in terms of “what people should be”
“over 92% of girls say they want to change at least one aspect of their appearance”
Check it out: Campaign for real beauty.

Vertigo Social Action

As some of you know the churches in Oxfordshire have been working together on the VERTIGO project to bring young people together and inspire/enable them to live their faith. The first two events were worship, teaching type gigs but with a chance for young people to discover and meet other christians from their schools. All the teens who wanted to commit to living their faith could take some ‘dog tags’ on that carried the VERTIGO strap line “Don’t look down” and Hebrews 4:12
Well the Saturday just gone was the chance to put faith into Action with a NOISE type project in Oxford and it was AWESOME. I’d had very little to do with this one so was absolutely gob-smacked by what the VERTIGO crew pulled off. There were about 200 young people and following on from some worship and teaching , they headed into Broad Street to help the Council with a recycling promotion before then heading off to different places around Oxford for some social action. The teen teams all travelled by public transport so there wasn’t an influx of kids arriving in minibuses and promoting the wrong idea (i.e invasion rather than service). The teens then worked with people in the community on whatever needed doing where they were. Class. Just so many things came together for the project that it really felt that God was blessing the stuff that was happening.
Back at the venue later there was such a buzz. LOADSA free food (local buisness’s had been SO supportive) and the footy for those who wanted it. The Sumo suits were also a big hit (literally). We also had a BIG BROTHER video diary room so the young people could recored their experiences!
Fab day: Next ordinary VERTIGO on Oct 14th