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

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.


November 2nd, 2013|Empowerment, Personal Development, Youth work|0 Comments

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.

YWTB 007: Youth Worker As Manager – Part 1: What is Management?

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Youth Worker as Manager

In this episode, Tony responds to the requests of his listeners and introduces the first instalment in a series of podcasts focusing on management within the youth sector.
He answers the question; What is management, and explores the main function areas in the role of a manger.

In the Take Away Tool segment; Tony offers a Time Management Tip.

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YWTB 006: Youth Empowerment – Interview With Peggy Taylor

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YWTB 006: Youth Empowerment – Interview With Peggy Taylor
In this episode, Tony speaks to Peggy Taylor, Co-founder and director of training of PYE, Partnership for Youth Empowerment, an International training organisation dedicated to building the capacity within communities to provide arts-based, intergenerational, empowerment programs for their young people.


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7 Reasons Why You Need a Coach


7 Powerful actions you can take now to stand out from your colleagues.

One in four of the UK’s youth services face massive cuts of between 20-40 per cent, while some authorities intend on getting rid of their youth services completely.


Many voluntary organisations that provide services for young people have said programmes will be cut, and local authority chiefs predict that youth service budgets will be slashed by £100 million, leading to the loss of 3,000 full-time youth worker jobs!

Given the current landscape, the stakes are high as many workers are having to consider preparing to re-apply for their jobs.

To stand out in such a competitive field you are really going to have to “up your game”

Here are 7 powerful actions you can take to help you to stand out from your colleagues without having to back stab or pull anybody else down.


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.



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.


7 Tips for Surviving the Four Evening Youth Work Week.

Being a youth worker is an extremely rewarding job, in fact, has been the best job I have ever had.

In the past I have worked in some uninspiring jobs such as car body repair, aluminium die casting, Tele-sales and worked 12 hour shifts in a food processing factory. All the while, I maintained a connection with my local youth centre, but just never considered youth work as a career.