The theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day is suicide prevention, there are many awful statistics around young people dying by suicide: it the second leading cause of death for 15-29 year olds globally. Every suicide is tragic and has lasting impact on the friends and family of those left behind. Something needs to… Continue reading World Mental Health Day 2019 Suicide Prevention
This morning (Thurs 16th May 2019) I was on Premier Christian Radio talking about exam pressure and how to support our young people as parents. I didn’t have long to prepare or long to talk so I wrote some notes and only got through some of what I wanted to say, which is all fine!… Continue reading Young People and Exam Pressure
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!
Imagine if our children and young people understood that God is Love; that He is good, not only when things are going well but also when they are not; that He loves us unconditionally, always and forever, never stopping, never giving up.
I had a dream, no really I did! ....Of course I woke up before I got an answer but my first waking thought was ‘I do NOT want to do that!’
*First published in Youth and Children's Work Magazine November 2017 edition* Ah, Christmas. Picture if you will a warm, cosy family scene around a large dining table that is groaning with food. Everyone is smiling or laughing, the conversation is flowing freely and with much agreement or good-natured debate that no-one at any point takes… Continue reading The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Have you ever noticed that the mainstream media is obsessed? Headlines scream at us day in day out, forming the ‘wallpaper’ to our daily lives, and the New Year brings all of that into sharp relief. As if it’s not bad enough that our newspapers, magazines, timelines & advertising feeds are full of messages about our image or body shape or fashion sense all year round; in January this goes into overdrive.