Annual highlights from Youth Work Toolbox

It has been a great year and it’s hard to believe Youth Work Toolbox has achieved so much in just twelve months. We’ve been privileged to have worked with hundreds (if not thousands) of young people in and around the West Midlands and there really is no better feeling than ending the year knowing that we […]

January 9th, 2017|blog, Youth work|0 Comments

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 […]

7 Benefits I Received from Volunteering Recently: Note: Number 6 is Priceless.

In May 2014, I saw a post on Twitter about a UK Podcasters conference coming soon.
As a Podcaster myself, I excitedly clicked on the link to find more details.

I was even more excited to find out that the conference would be taking place in Birmingham, which is only a 30-40 minute drive from my house.

Instantly I thought to myself, I have to get involved.

There was no way the first ever Podcast conference in Europe could take place so close to home, and I’m not involved.


Youth works Innovation Problem and what you can do about it.

There are a few things more demoralising than working in an sector that is clearly in decline.

Announcing and Unboxing My New Product – Early Help Mate


In this video blog, I share a momentous moment with you.


The unboxing of my new product Early Help Mate.





You can find out more about the product here:



Early Help, Early Intervention, Targeted Youth Support, Prevention, Family Support, Family Intervention, Area Family Support……..


Should Youth Workers Make Referrals to other agencies? – Plus a Big Announcement!!

Should Youth Workers Make Referrals to other agencies? – Plus a Big Announcement!!


So, I’m with a colleague from a Substance misuse service and we’re looking at the number of referrals they have received over the last 12 months. […]

December 5th, 2013|blog, Vulnerable young people, Youth work|0 Comments

Redundancy – 7 simple strategies to help you face it without being overcome with fear (Warning: One of them may make you want to leave work now!)

(Warning: One of them may make you want to leave work now!)

Ok, it’s time for what I call a ‘Pull yourself together man’ slap in the face.
Here you go; In the next 6 -12 months, a large number of youth workers employed by local authority youth service will be facing redundancy.