Being a youth worker can be a lonely job. I know that sounds odd, especially given that the job is to spend time with young people and develop good working relationships with all kinds of people. But the fact is that much of a youth worker’s time is spent on their own, preparing, reading, thinking…
Networks are crucial to help spark ideas, nurture new workers and sustain those of us who have been at this for some time.
The Internet provides lots of ways to keep in touch with colleagues and I’m glad to say that our new Scottish Youth Ministry online network has been a great success. Almost 40 people have joined in a week!
It was also good to see Youthworks, a real life, in person, network launched last Friday with 50 or so people gathering in Edinburgh.
So, if you are out there and you’re a youth worker then get involved. There is no excuse for being lonely anymore!