Jenni Osborn

Youth Work

Find Your Flow

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, …

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Reflections

Reflections I like to think of myself as a positive person; I have a relentlessly optimistic outlook that can be wearing at times! Every now and then though, I find myself reacting with cynicism, and a passing glance at an email ‘highlight’ this week about the participation of young people in worship has got my …

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Sidewalk, Scarborough

Sidewalk, Scarborough This week’s podcast, which you can listen to on Apple, Spotify or Anchor, is a conversation with Steve Blower from Sidewalk in Scarborough. I first talked to Steve back in November, he was one of the first people I talked to as I began writing From Isolation to Community, wanting to capture their …

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Concrete pillars supporting and elevating

Concrete Academy – CPD for Youth Workers in Churches

A couple of weeks ago I had a great podcast chat with James and Mike of the Concrete Academy. I used to work with James on the Mental Health and Young People Think Tank and Mike and I have often chatted on Twitter so it was an easy conversation with lots of laughter – always …

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Lights

Advent 2020

Advent – the liminal space I wasn’t brought up in the Anglican church, so I hadn’t heard much about Advent and the beginning of the church year until well into adulthood. Now though, there is something quite other-worldly, something quite unsettling about the time that runs up to Christmas. We might be rushing about buying …

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Ending Loneliness

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 …

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