Communication is king

Youth Work Toolbox was recently contacted by a local academy in Walsall after it heard about the effective group impact workshops we run in schools to help students achieve their aspirations and meet their potential.

These highly interactive sessions are usually 45 minutes long and can be delivered to year groups of up to 150 students […]

November 23rd, 2016|blog, Problem Solving, Youth work|0 Comments

Nick’s story…Fair chances: How youth work helps young people to brighter futures

When I cast my mind back to some of the hundreds of young people I have been privileged to work with during my career in youth work, there’s one young man who always stands out. He is an example of just how much a person’s future can change if they are given a fair chance.

Pushing […]

Answers to The Top 5 Questions Housing Managers Ask About Youth Engagement

In 2014, I was commissioned to support a national housing organisation to develop and implement a youth engagement strategy.

It was very interesting to see a national housing organisation placing so much emphasis on youth engagement.

The aim of my work was to develop a sustainable strategy and implement a structure to allow the organisation’s regional members […]

How Resident Engagement Teams Can Build Better Relationships With Local Young People

There is no doubt that the housing sector is well positioned to coordinate and facilitate youth engagement activities.
Notice I said coordinate and facilitate, not deliver.


The housing sector is an organisation with a vested interest in the development and sustainability of the local community it serves.

The housing sector not only has an interest in the betterment […]

Gender Specific Youth Work: YWTB030

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When is it right to deliver Gender Specific Youth Work?

In this episode of Youth Work Toolbox, we explore gender specific youth work, and when is it right to exclude young people of the opposite sex.
As a youth worker, the time will come when you will have to work with specific gender groups.

From our experience, much of the youth provision […]

January 5th, 2016|podcast, Podcast Category|0 Comments

Challenges Of Working With Older Young People: YWTB029

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Working with Older Young People Can Be Challenging !!

In this episode of Youth Work Toolbox, we explore some of the challenges of working with older young people.
As a youth worker you will face challenges when it come to engage young people.

Most UK youth services are aimed at engaging young people aged 9 – 19 years old.

However, young people […]

December 15th, 2015|podcast, Podcast Category|0 Comments

YWTB028: How To Plan A Great Youth Work Programme

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6 Steps To Plan a Great Youth Work Programme.

In this episode of Youth Work Toolbox, we explore how to plan a great youth work programme.

What is the difference between a project and a programme?


A project is an individual or collaborative enterprise that is carefully planned to achieve a particular aim.


A programme is a planned series […]

November 23rd, 2015|podcast, Podcast Category|0 Comments

YWTB027: How To Deal With Conflict And Aggression

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How do you respond effectively to conflict and aggression.

In this episode of Youth Work Toolbox, we explore how to deal with conflict and aggression.

Youth workers are on the front line, working face to face with young people.


If you’ve been in youth work for sometime it is inevitable you are going to face some challenges and potentially […]

November 17th, 2015|podcast, Podcast Category|0 Comments

YWTB026: National Youth Work Week 2015

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How To Give Young People a Voice.

In this episode of Youth Work Toolbox, we celebrate National Youth Work Week 2015, and we explore the theme of Having Your Voice Heard.

Young people often struggle to have their voice heard.

Adults often times don’t listen to young people.

As a youth worker, part of your role is to empower young […]

November 2nd, 2015|podcast, Podcast Category|0 Comments

YWTB025: Using Social Media In Youth Work

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Is Your Youth Organisation Using Social Media?

In this episode of Youth Work Toolbox, we explore some of the benefits, risks and fears related to using social media to engage with young people.

Social media is not going anywhere, and young people are always going to be ahead of most, when it comes to using new social […]

October 26th, 2015|podcast, Podcast Category, Youth work|0 Comments