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.


YWTB:016 – Anti Youth Violence With Ray Douglas

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Diversionary Vs Transformative work; Which  is most effective? What is the difference? 

In this episode of Youth Work Toolbox we speak to Ray Douglas, Core facilitator at The National Anti Youth Violence programme.

A Non for profit organisation that deliver hard-hitting workshops developed in response to the rise in gang related violence within UK youth culture.

Ray founded Gangology and is currently authoring 2 books related to youth violence and gang culture.



Ray shares his approach to educating practitioners and young people of the risks of gang affiliation, and responding to the wave of youth violence.







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……..


YWTB:013 – The Art of Youth Coaching with Master Coach Bob Singha

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YWTB:013 – The Art of Youth Coaching with Master Coach Bob Singha

Youth Work… Mentoring… Youth Coaching…..
What’s the difference??
Are they not all the same????

In this episode of Youth Work Toolbox we speak to Master Youth Coach, Trainer, Speaker and Co-host of the popular podcast, I Love Youth Work, Bob Singha, and explore how Youth Coaching differs from the rest and how many practitioners don’t even know it.


Bob co-wrote, designed and trained on the world’s first fully accredited Youth Coaching Courses and helped to inspired a whole new field of coaching and personal development.
He has also pioneered support projects that blended young peoples personal and community development with cultural arts such as graffiti, digital music and video production.



YWTB 005: Every Child Needs A Mentor – Interview with Herman Stewart.

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In this episode, Tony interviews Lead Mentor and author of the book ‘Every Child Needs A Mentor’ Herman Stewart.



As the Founder of Every Child Needs a Mentor, Herman has a passion to help children, young people and adults to benefit from the transformational power of mentoring.

Herman has personally seen mentoring transform lives, hope, results and families.


And as young people now face even more complex and demanding challenges, many would benefit from being mentored.

Every Child Needs a Mentor is an integrated mentoring service. They work with organisations who provide services for young people by utilising their award-winning RAMP (Raising Achievement Mentoring Programme) model.


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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.