Lessons on Accompaniment from Bagger Vance

At Nairn last weekend we spent some time talking about accompaniment.  Being with the young people in our groups, not to entertain them but to be with them on their journey. These clips from The Legend of Bagger Vance seems to me to show the role of an accompanier. The first clip is where Bagger Read More …

Don’t understand = BAD!

DK at Media Snackers has been on a bit of a campaign to get Youth Workers in the statutory sector to blog.  It would seem that there are very few who do (he’s found one!), which perhaps is a consequence of Local Authorities attitudes to their staff having any kind of online profile (it’s BAD). Read More …

Youthwork International

Youthwork International is a new website for youth workers… who are from all over the world.  This is what the site says about itself: Thousands of Christian youthworkers supporting each other in dozens of countries… The best ideas for youth work at the click of a button… A blogging community sharing ideas and resources… Access to Read More …

Crossover

This weekend is the 10th Crossover Festival.  Crossover is a brilliant event and I’ve been proud to be part of it.  But this year I’ve not been involved.  After the last event I felt it was time to step back and to allow others to bring their ideas and dreams to the event. I have Read More …

Christian Youth Work?

On Friday I spent the morning at a meeting of Christian Youth Workers who are discussing setting up a network. To help us think about what the network should be and how we could describe it Neil Pratt from ICC led us through a discussion on ‘what is Christian Youth Work?’. I’ve always been a Read More …

Youth Work and Social Networking

The National Youth Agency (England) have just published an interim report from a study into Youth Worker’s attitudes to Social Networking. The project blog is here. Not surprisingly only 35% of youth workers felt able to help young people take advantage of the opportunities of Social Networking as opposed to 53% who felt they should Read More …

girls’ brigade

I spent last night as the guest of the girls of the 25th Edinburgh Girls’ Brigade Company at their annual display.  They entertained me and their significant adults with songs, games, dancing and the officers even performed their hilarious homage to the Spice Girls.  I’m sure there are photos somewhere… The highlight for me was Read More …