Youth Work Institute

There will be a Youth Work Institute coming into being!
“With the landscape changing, there is a real recognition that this is a really important time for youth work and the sector needs support …. ”
“There are a whole range of different organisations that provide a voice for the sector, but nobody who specifically speaks for the youth worker on the ground in the range of different environments we are looking at.”

Maralyn Smith, national programme manager at the National Youth Agency (NYA)

Good News, bad news

Last week consisted of the good and the bad:
The good: Managed to walk 24 miles (preparing for Yorkshire three peaks)
The bad: The Cambelt went on my car and led to major engine damage … to the extent where fixing it will cost twice the value of the car
The good: I guess I’ll be able to get even more walking in this week as a result of the car being kaput!

Walk amongst them

I had a great Saturday as a guest of the Birmingham (Diocese) Catholic Youth Service at their training day “Walk Amongst them!” It was my first visit to Soli House in Stratford-on-Avon and I had a great deal of fun spending time with the thirty or so who had gathered.
Specifically I was delivering a Keynote on ‘Lads and Spirituality’ and a workshop on ‘Recruiting volunteers and building team’ (If you are coming to the blog from that day, the Powerpoint handouts are below, most of the stuff can be found via the ‘search’ on the side bar)
Many thanks to BCYS and Soli House for their hospitality 🙂
BCYS spirituality and lads.pdf
BCYS recruiting handout.pdf

Gap year request

I was talking to someone who has a student wanting a gap year before University. This is the kind of shape she is looking for:
To be part of a discipleship programme;
Work in a Church/Christian project;
Do Youthwork/ Outreach/ Charity work;
Work alongside others of a similar age
Low cost or preferably be paid something.
Any recommendations please e-mail me, thanks

East to West Sleepover

East to West (fantastic youth and community charity) are holding a sleepout in Windsor as an awareness and fun raiser. Although the poster hints at sleeping out in the snow, it is in fact in July! (Same weekend as the Yellow Braces Camp).