YWTB020 – Review of My First Year in Self Employment

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What happens when you walk away from a £40,000+ a year job to start your own business?

In this episode of Youth Work Toolbox I review my first 12 month in Self Employment.

I take some time to share with you, very openly, my journey from employee to business owner, and the many challenges that I faced along the […]

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.


YWTB018: Distinction & Excellence With Onyi Anyado

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How can a youth worker be Distinct?
Does someone need to have first hand experience of attending youth provision to be an effective youth practitioner?
In this episode of Youth Work Toolbox we speak to Onyi Anyado.

A double award-winning Entrepreneur, Speaker, Author and Life Coach,  who specialises in leadership development, entrepreneurship and youth impact coaching.

Onyi has a lifelong mission to positively inspire, impact, instruct and influence the previous, present and future generations through all he does.





Onyi has overcome real adversary, escaping the dangers related to Urban Street life and gang culture, including 6 of his friends being shot dead, him nearly being shot and serving 2 prison sentences.






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.

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.







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:012 – Overcoming Adversity With Miguel Dean

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YWTB:012 – Overcoming Adversity With Miguel Dean

Life can throw up a number of barriers and hurdles, not only in the life of young people, but in the life of those that work with them.


In this episode of Youth Work Toolbox we speak to Speaker, Mentor, Youth coach and Author, Miguel Dean and explore how we can overcome adversity and achieve our goals and at the same time encourage and inspire young people to do the same.



Miguel facilitates learning and inspires through designing and facilitating bespoke projects with schools, colleges, county councils, charities, community groups, homeless sector and care organisations.





YWTB 011: Youth Leadership with Errol Lawson

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YWTB 011: Youth Leadership with Errol Lawson


Young People are our future leaders, but they need to be nurtured and guided.


In this episode of Youth Work Toolbox we speak to Speaker, Executive coach, Author and Trainer, Errol Lawson and explore how positive change in the life of a young person is possible.

Errol specialise in working with  young people in schools and colleges to motivate, encourage and inspire them to overcome their barriers and reach their full potential.


Over the last 15 years Errol has worked with schools, churches, organisations and individuals in the UK, Europe, Africa and other parts of the world.



7 Entrepreneurs you should tell young people about. (Note: They will have probably never heard of any of them!)

This week (4 – 10 Nov 2013) is  Youth Work Week, which is an annual celebration of youth work driven by the National Youth Agency (NYA).
2013 sees the 20th year of this profile raising event.

This year the theme of Youth Work Week is Building Skills for Employability.


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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.