Church, Life, Mental health, Youth work

Route Mapping for Youth Workers

We stand in the edge of something new, not a temporary change, not a small tweak but the beginning of a new way of living. A whole new world, to borrow a line from Disney. What do we as youth workers need to know about the way ahead? Mourn We are all grieving, it’s being… Continue reading Route Mapping for Youth Workers

Church, Covid19, Mental health, mentoring, Youth work

Sanctuary and Sabbath – youth work in 2020

It may feel like a cliché but it’s pretty clear that in the years to come historians will study this time we are living in now to see how different countries and communities responded to the various concerns that are currently making waves: Covid-19; the responses of people all over the world to the call… Continue reading Sanctuary and Sabbath – youth work in 2020

Covid19, Emotional Resilience, emotions, Life, Life in general, Mental health, Stay At Home, Stress

Week 8 – the hardest one yet!

Last week was so hard, there was so much emotion washing through my head and heart. From the joy of my youngest turning 11 and the remembrance of the start of his life to the sadness of losing a member of my wider family on the same day and the stress and anxiety brought on… Continue reading Week 8 – the hardest one yet!

Covid19, Life in general, Parenting, School, Stress

Schools and The Great Return

if there is going to be any attempt to return our children to school (please God they will be returning to something that resembles a routine that only involves me at the very beginning of the day and at the end!) then I have some ideas about how this could happen that might work better than just ‘Everybody back to school, now!’

Covid19, Life in general, Mental health, mentoring, practice supervision, Stay At Home, Stress

Mentoring in a Pandemic

As I write this we are just a couple of weeks into these new ‘stay at home: save lives’ times: an effective lockdown situation in which we cannot meet with others face to face, except at a distance, not least because most places that would be meeting places are closed due to concerns about the… Continue reading Mentoring in a Pandemic

Covid19, Life in general, Parenting, Personal, Stay At Home, Thankfulness

End of Week Two – Stay At Home Save Lives

This week we have fared better, it has felt less emotionally stressful and more like this way of life is becoming ‘normal’, for better or worse! I’m really aware that there are many for whom it is an especially difficult and even unsafe position to be in and my heart goes out to those who… Continue reading End of Week Two – Stay At Home Save Lives

Covid19, Emotional Resilience, Life in general, Parenting, School, Stay At Home, Thankfulness

End of Week One – Stay At Home Save Lives

It’s fair to say that in our house, along with the rest of the world, it’s been a week of mixed emotions, there’s been ups and downs, tears and laughter. There’s a lot to be thankful for alongside the frustrations of self-quarantine/lockdown/isolation whichever word you’re using in your circumstances. The good: The sun has been… Continue reading End of Week One – Stay At Home Save Lives

emotions, Life, Parenting, Stress

Soothsayer: being a Mum of teenagers

As a lifelong youth worker and cheerleader of those working with young people I’d sort of expected that I would be prepared for the parenting of a teenager or two. Oh how wrong I was. Being the parent of a teenager is exhausting, terrifying, stressful and requires a widening of the tent around the village… Continue reading Soothsayer: being a Mum of teenagers