YWTB 002 – How to Deal with Professional Snobbery

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YWTB 002: How to deal with Professional Snobbery
In this episode Tony gives us an audio version of the popular blog post of the same name.

The written blog attracted a lot of attention and got people talking about this issue, so it was only right that it got a podcast of it’s own.


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July 3rd, 2012|Podcast Category, Professionalism|0 Comments

7 Powerful actions you can take now to stand out from your colleagues.

One in four of the UK’s youth services face massive cuts of between 20-40 per cent, while some authorities intend on getting rid of their youth services completely.


Many voluntary organisations that provide services for young people have said programmes will be cut, and local authority chiefs predict that youth service budgets will be slashed by £100 million, leading to the loss of 3,000 full-time youth worker jobs!

Given the current landscape, the stakes are high as many workers are having to consider preparing to re-apply for their jobs.

To stand out in such a competitive field you are really going to have to “up your game”

Here are 7 powerful actions you can take to help you to stand out from your colleagues without having to back stab or pull anybody else down.


Striking a balance between the Wants and Needs of young people.

NOTE: This article has changed the way that youth workers are planning their projects. 


What makes a young person vulnerable?

As a youth worker, some of the young people you will come into contact with may be more vulnerable than others and have a wide range of needs, some more serious than others.

These needs could stem from a number of risk factors or negative influences in that young persons life.



How to deal with professional snobbery.

Is Youth Work regarded as a second class profession?

Before I get into the content of this post I must state that I have the utmost respect for teachers and social workers and those in a similar role and this is not an attack on those professionals.


7 Tips for Surviving the Four Evening Youth Work Week.

Being a youth worker is an extremely rewarding job, in fact, has been the best job I have ever had.

In the past I have worked in some uninspiring jobs such as car body repair, aluminium die casting, Tele-sales and worked 12 hour shifts in a food processing factory. All the while, I maintained a connection with my local youth centre, but just never considered youth work as a career.


YWTB Podcast 001: Introduction – 4 key lessons I have learnt.

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In this first episode we hear about Tony’s route in to youth work as a career, as well as why he started youthworktoolbox.com.

Tony also share with us 4 key lessons he has learnt along his journey.

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February 15th, 2012|Podcast Category|0 Comments

Consulting young people effectively.

Consulting Young People:

In this post, I will focus on what I believe to be the most important, but easily over looked element of planning, which is Consultation, which is just simply asking the young people what they want.


February 11th, 2012|Assessment, blog, Consultation, Problem Solving, Youth work|0 Comments

Improving Youth Work Practice, One post at a time.

Welcome to Youth Work Toolbox.
My intention in creating this site is to give people who currently work with young people and those who have a desire to work with young people, a practical and user friendly guide to planning and delivering high quality youth provision.

Youthworktoolbox.com is not an academic site and I will not make […]

February 10th, 2012|Youth work|0 Comments