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 […]

YWTB019: Knife, Gun & Youth Crime With Glen Banks

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What impact does youth work have on addressing issues of Knife, Gun and Youth Crime?

In this episode of Youth Work Toolbox we speak to Glen Banks.

Project consultant at The Knife and Youth Crime Awareness Programme,  who specialises in addressing and preventing youth involvement in Knife Crime, Youth Gang Crime, Gun Crime and the surrounding issues.


Glen delivers hard hitting presentations with a number of very graphic images, that show young people to consequences of Knife and gun crime.



Glen’s presentations also address issues of Vulnerability of Young Women (inc. Teenage Rape) Bullying ( inc. Cyber ) Life in Prison Effects on Family Drugs / Alcohol which he delivered in  schools, colleges, pupil referral units, youth offending teams and prisons.






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:015 – Evidencing Impact with Matt Lent

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Can Social Impact Investing save the Youth Sector?

In this episode of Youth Work Toolbox we speak to Matt Lent, Lead Manager at ThinkForward, a partnership between the Impetus Private Equity Foundation and Tomorrow’s People.

Working to support young people for 5 years (from 14 to 19 years old), at high risk of not being in education, employment or training –

Matt is also the founder of Youth Sector Blog, a communal blog site, about youth work and all that it encompasses.


Matt shares his knowledge of Social Impact bonds, and how the youth sector should make use of this new funding model.


He also discusses the importance of evidencing the impact of youth work.