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 […]

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.






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……..


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

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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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.