Gratitude is an important weapon in the fight against all kinds of dis-eases of the mind. Being thankful and expressing it regularly genuinely retrains our neural pathways and gives us a more positive mindset which in turn enables us to have more resilience to weather the storms in our minds. So, if this is our… Continue reading 5 Ways to Help our Young People Find Happiness
If you’re working with young people it’s likely that you’ll be working unusual hours. The life of 9 to 5 is not your experience! Maybe you are a volunteer who does youth work on top of a 9 to 5 job, in which case, we salute you. You are worth your weight in gold! If… Continue reading 5 Tips for Managing Your Time
Alternatively titled: Let's Start A Revolution! 1. Young people are keen to be involved and all good practice promotes their participation. If your youth work doesn’t involve your young people in the planning and implementation stages then it isn’t good practice. 2. Work as a team, recognise both your own strengths and your team’s: if… Continue reading 5 Secrets Every Youth Worker Should Know
I want to talk to you about something that’s close to my heart: changing the world!
I spent 7 years of my teaching career telling students that gaining good grades at GCSE was important because it would lead to a better job. Looking back, I’m not sure that was strictly true for those young people and there was a tacit acknowledgement that many of the students I worked with would go… Continue reading Life Long Learning
As a life long Youth Worker I have not often given too much thought to children's ministry. I know, it's almost shameful to admit! My interest in it began, as with many others, when I had my own children and began to look around at what my children were being taught in Sunday School and… Continue reading Children’s Ministry training
This week in March is always a strange one, well, since 2010 is has been. 15th March 2010 was the day I was diagnosed with bowel cancer and my world crashed down around me. Now, 7 years later, I am always grateful for the NHS staff who helped me, looked after me, gave me space,… Continue reading A Few of My Favourite Things…
Today, 1st March, is Self Harm Awareness Day. This is a critical issue that touches the lives of many people who struggle with mental health crises and, according to some statistics, is the biggest killer of those who are struggling. It may be the hardest thing you'll hear someone talk about but it's important that… Continue reading Six things to do if someone tells you they are struggling with self harm #SelfHarmAwarenessDay2017
Are we finally seeing the Government taking notice of what so many people have been saying for a LONG time now? Did the Self Esteem Team’s #Letters2Tess actually get a reaction? In a very welcome announcement UK Prime Minister Teresa May has made some very bold commitments which, if followed through, will be the beginning… Continue reading Ending the Stigma
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