Finding Your Flow Since I began my business supporting those who support young people, through mentoring, training and writing, I have come across many people very unhappy in their job. Not always because of the specific job they do, but more usually because of the pressure being placed on them. Sometimes that’s from other people, […]
Covid Catharsis – A Manifesto The Need for Catharsis More than a year has passed since the first mentions of Covid19 in the news. One year since dramatic and drastic restrictions on the movement of people in almost every country around the world were announced. The year turns and we can all recall how the
WARNING: Spoilers! I have tried to be vague but there are huge spoilers for anyone who hasn’t yet seen all the episodes and wants to. If you’d told me, back in 2008, that I would cry as much as I would laugh or be in awe of a bunch of films about superheroes, I’d have
Ending Loneliness I’ve read a lot about loneliness and the impact it has on people, about the toxicity of individualism and a success driven society, especially where that success is defined by the accumulation of wealth, stuff, followers or influence. This year we have seen much of this life disrupted as we deal with the
Imposter Syndrome in Youth Work One of the things I have noticed about my work as I move from one role to another is this mindset that appears which tells me ‘you don’t have the right training to be here in this role’ or it might say ‘you’re in way over your head this time’.
Avoiding Burnout in Youth Work What does burnout look like and how can it be avoided? Burnout was recognised by the World Health Organisation in 1993 as a work-related condition that is caused by poor management and overwork. We are all, whether youth workers or not, more susceptible to burnout than we have ever been
Route Mapping for Youth Workers We stand in the edge of something new, not a temporary change, not a small tweak but the beginning of a new way of living. A whole new world, to borrow a line from Disney. What do we as youth workers need to know about the way ahead? Mourn We
Sanctuary and Sabbath – youth work in 2020 It may feel like a cliché but it’s pretty clear that in the years to come historians will study this time we are living in now to see how different countries and communities responded to the various concerns that are currently making waves: Covid-19; the responses of