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Trust Games

trust can be built upon, this collection of exercises will help build trust.

Depression and young people

Young People and Depression

Depression is a very real issue for young people as well as adults and affects about 25% of the population and a about 1 in 10 young people age 10 - 16 have a diagnosable with a serious mental health condition
youngminds say nearly 80,000 children and young people suffer from severe depression so its not just you and there is help available.

young minds have published a bunch of great resources to get you started, but one step however difficult is to tell someone about how you feel and what is going on for you. this link takes you to the Young people section of the site young minds help sheets on depression, there are other resources so if its not depression but another illness its OK there is help for you too.

get involved with YWR

Youth Work Resources has always been about youth workers, we try hard to involve people and get them to contribute here is how

Guest Blog -Write a blog post: we are always looking for interesting articles on youth work related issues, it may be a top 10 list, or something about detached work. just write something and send it to us its easy.

Contributor: maybe you have written a couple of blog posts, or you just want to concentrate on a single issue. maybe setting up a project, or how best to use supervision, could be any topic but you want to write longer or more often about it.

Editor: you know i need an editor, to go through posts grammar and spell check, organise sections.

Ted and Do inspired talks

I love TED its not a secret i've loved TED ever since i first discovered it it was love at first sight! you know what TED is yeah? no? boy do you have a treat in store for you. i'm guessing you don't know about DO Lectures either? i'm genuinely excited for you. right now i'm noshing on toast listening to a young lad called Logan LaPlante on ted and typing this, all with a huge Grin as i'm stoked to introduce some of you to the wonders of TED and DO.

fundraising issues

Fundraising for charities and clubs is a nightmare, we all know it and if you ever had a boss who insisted you fund raise your post you know how stressful it can be especially if you're not a trained fundraiser.

so what to do? there are a few things you can do locally i'm sure we all have lists of them i know i id only to get all of them poo-pooed by the boss.
there are a bunch of online fundraising platforms, the easiest is Paypal donate which you can use on Facebook , twitter and other platforms here is an article from the Guardian newspaper that may give you few tips.


Coaching and Accountability
Edited and updated 30/1/2015
One of the best reasons for having a coach is so you have someone to whom you can be open and accountable to.
Your coach will hold you to account about the things you agree, the accountability contract is yours, not your bosses, not a company or some external person, not even your coach's but yours.
When you say you will do something your coach will follow up and ask you did you do it?, how was it? Or why didnt you do it? Whats going on that stopped you?

Lost my password again!

I'm genuinely surrounded by people who can't remember passwords, they have so many and have been told by anyone with half a clue to make the password complicated.
The trouble is that means they are hard to remember especially if you have 20 or 30 passwords. sounds a lot? well think about it, email, social media, file sharing, news reader, shopping sites, your probably at 2 by now aren't you? and that's without phone apps.

Top 10 Productivity Tools for the busy youthworker

How productive are you?
i'm sure you do your best but imagine if you had tools to help? here is my top 11 tools i use to be productive in youth work and and the tools i share with youthworkers i mentor.

Google Drive (docs). its what i'm writing this on and i love it. its simple but has plugins if you want to expand it into an academic tool or need consistency checking. but out of the box its a great tool to write with and its right there in your browser the tool you use most on your computer right?
Drive has file storage and sharing tools too its genuinely my go to tool for writing and storage.

Basic Project Planning 101

I wanted to write a basic intro to project planning but i found this which is super simple but gets the idea across very well.

Basic Project Plan from
to develop a simple project plan you need a list of the tasks that need to be done , and understanding of the relationships between the tasks, and to know the priority of each task.

Planning projects: tools Trello

i created this Video the day before the website went down and i lost all my content! so i'm just getting round to putting it up.

Its a planning video, how to use as a planning tool, for sessions, trips, house party's, anything you are planning. also you can invite others to its a team planning tool too! get it here my referral link i get a free month of gold user!
trello is free, but upgrading gets you some other features.

check out trello and the video and get planning.

Discussion Starters

78 Discussion starters, lets add some more! send yours in or tweet us @youthworker
1. Do you have a hero? Describe him or her.
2. Imagine a "best day ever." What kinds of things would you do?
3. If you could choose a vacation spot anywhere in the world, where would it be, and why?
4. What's your favourite TV show? What do you like best about it?
5. What's your favourite movie? What do you like best about it?
6. Who's your favourite music artist or group? What makes you gravitate to him/her/them?
7. What's your favourite time of year–winter, spring, summer, or fall? Why?
8. What's your favourite food? Where's your favourite place to eat it?


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