This blog started in April 2004 as an experiment. Its purpose was to allow me space to critically reflect on my youth work practice, like a public journal. I found that by writing up my thoughts for others to read, it enabled me to better understand my own actions.

In 2006 I decided to focus this site on my experiences in youth work and youth ministry, and I continue to write on these topics today. I try and regularly post relevant news, information and resources that may be of interest to those working with young people in both secular or faith-based environments.

My writing here has led to a number of other opportunities including penning regular articles for magazines, and the opening chapter in ‘Journeying Together‘ a text book on growing youth work in local communities.

About Me

Jon JollyI’m a Youth Work Manager in Littlehampton, West Sussex, UK. I’m married to the beautiful Kirsty and we have two wonderful daughters. I love music, movies, reading, and of course, young people.

I’ve been involved in children’s and youth work since 1991 when I started volunteering at a church club aged 11. Years of being involved in running that club led me to a Part-Time, temporary role for The WIRE Project under Spurgeon’s which soon became a Full-Time post including training at YMCA George Williams College thanks to The Rank Foundation. I worked at The WIRE for 8 years developing relationships with children, young people and families in the local community, during which time we gained much recognition for our creative and groundbreaking work. The project closed in March 2007 due to a lack of ongoing funding.

I currently work for Arun Community Church where I oversee the children’s & youth work, and manage other aspects of the church’s operations. I am also on the church leadership team.

I hold a professional JNC youth work qualification in Informal & Community Education. You can view my full CV on my LinkedIn profile.


This my personal blog and the opinions that I express here do not necessarily represent those of Arun Community Church or other organisations that I am associated with. I make no representations as to accuracy, completeness, currentness, suitability, or validity of any information on this blog and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its use.

Tech Notes

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