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 […]

YWTB025: Using Social Media In Youth Work

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Is Your Youth Organisation Using Social Media?

In this episode of Youth Work Toolbox, we explore some of the benefits, risks and fears related to using social media to engage with young people.

Social media is not going anywhere, and young people are always going to be ahead of most, when it comes to using new social […]

October 26th, 2015|podcast, Podcast Category, Youth work|0 Comments

YWTB024: Effective Multi Agency Working

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What Are The Benefits of Multi Agency Working?
And What Are The Challenges?
In this episode of Youth Work Toolbox, we explore some of the benefits and challenges found in Multi Agency working.
The youth work landscape has changed and still is changing.

Many youth workers find themselves working in new and interesting projects, oftentimes, alongside other professional from […]

October 19th, 2015|Podcast Category, Youth work|0 Comments

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 […]

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.