In case you missed it, the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) have published the revised the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Youth Work. The purpose of the National Occupational Standards is to describe the knowledge and skills needed to perform a job role or work task. They exist for a huge number of vocations and provide a benchmark of good practice as they explain what needs to be done.

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I’ve been thinking a lot about how churches choose to run youth groups and would like some feedback on why you do things the way that you do. Continue Reading…

Long Term Youth Work

25 June 2012 — 7 Comments

In addition to celebrating our 12th Wedding anniversary yesterday, I also had the privilege of Baptising a young man I have worked with for the same amount of time.

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12 Years

24 June 2012 — 1 Comment

Today Kirsty and I celebrate our 12th wedding anniversary. I doesn’t seem that long ago!

We’ve just got back from a brilliant family holiday in France, and I’m feeling very thankful for my wonderful three girls!

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30 May 2012 — 3 Comments

Recently I became aware of a young person in one of our youth groups who was starting to think about their personal preferences. They were exploring their feelings and coming to the conclusion that they might be embracing what could be considered an ‘alternative lifestyle’. This was causing them some concern as they had questions about how their feelings could be reconciled with their Christian faith.

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Well I finally made it to the Youthwork Summit. After 2 years of near misses, it was good to be at the event and participate along with 1,000 other Christian youth workers. The following is some of my notes and observations from the day, but is no means comprehensive. The official summit website will be posting videos of the talks (along with previous years), so keep an eye on that to get a better taster of what it was like.

What is great about the summit is the format. Because everyone only speaks for between 5-15 minutes, and they all cover a diverse range of topics, it means there really is something for everyone.

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18 May 2012 — 1 Comment

Tomorrow morning I’m heading up to the Youthwork Summit, and really looking forward to it! I’ve been following the various tweets today from the early day with Marko and it seems he’s been talking about the importance of belonging for young people.

To sum it up, Neil Fox posted the following from the day:
He [Marko] suggested that teenagers have three developmental priorities Identity, Autonomy and Affinity…

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Ok, so here’s a last minute plug for the Youthwork Summit that’s happening on Saturday.
I’ve already posted about this event, but it’s in 3 days and if you’re not already going you should be!

Dates: Saturday 19th May 2012
Venue: Jesus House, Brent Cross, London
Cost: £30 for the day

At £30 for a full day of creativity and inspiration on a variety of topics related to work with young people, can you afford to miss it?

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Prayer Space

9 May 2012 — 1 Comment

Last week I spent the majority of my time in The Littlehampton Academy, helping to support the Prayer Space that was happening there. I previously blogged about the first prayer space we ran in the school last year, and this was a very similar experience. We again used the resources from Orison, to create an interactive experience encouraging people to engage with prayer using creative, hands on activities. It was set up in the school hall and the young people were guided through four different zones exploring specific prayer-related themes in each one as part of their RE lesson

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A quick plug for the YMCA George Williams College Open Days on 15th June and 13th July 2012.

I would highly recommend the college to anyone interested in becoming qualified as a youth worker or studying related subjects, and there’s some new options this year including an MA in Youth Work. They are only specialist youth work College in the UK with over 40 years experience of delivering training. Programmes include:

  • BA (Hons) available in Youth Work, Community Learning and Development, and Social Pedagogy
  • PGDip/MA in Youth Work and Community Learning and Development (subject to validation)
  • Level 2 and Level 3 courses in Youth Work Practice
  • Certificate in Supervision Studies
  • Global Youth Work short course

You can download the full prospectus in PDF format here. For more info, contact the college on:

YMCA George Williams College
199 Freemasons Road,
London E16 3PY

Tel: 020 7540 4900