Author Archives: Matt Lent

The Role of Local Government in Delivering Youth Services

The Local Government Association recently published their vision for youth services, and I was asked to give my view on the role of Local Government in delivering youth services, the below are my thoughts. UK Youth’s vision is for all young … Continue reading

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Why the voluntary youth sector needs to play more ‘games’

I was talking with a senior manager the other day about how the voluntary sector, and particularly the youth sector, is forgetting how to have fun, and more specifically explaining the value that games and play brings to CPD, team … Continue reading

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We still need to be making much more noise about youth work

Something that youth work has never been very good at is shouting, loud and proud, about its achievements.  Schools do it endlessly, other voluntary sector organisations do it and businesses certainly do it, but in many youth provisions there seems … Continue reading

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We need to talk about outcomes

The title of this post will most likely send shivers down the spines of many youth practitioners, and I can understand why. Youth work has it’s foundation in volunteering, providing safe spaces, creating opportunities, building relationships and providing a compassionate … Continue reading

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Where’s the Social Capital for Young People?

There are so many wonderful initiatives supporting young people towards employment, training, enterprise, and ultimately independence.  Many work with young people to develop their mindsets, others help them to develop essential life skills, some provide access to role models and … Continue reading

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Why every young person should have a coach

It seems these days that everyone has a coach, I have one, my colleagues have one, my friends have one, even Richard Branson has one, and now finally young people can have one too.  Like wheels on suitcases, it amazes … Continue reading

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You work with young people….I’m a youth worker!

Following the Creative Collisions conference, I had what felt like the start of a very interesting conversation with Dominic Cotton (Director of Communication and New Business at UK Youth). Does the semantics of what constitutes ‘youth work’ matter? And in … Continue reading

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It’s time for youth workers to make some NOISE!

Something that youth work has never been very good at is shouting, loud and proud, about its achievements.  Schools do it endlessly, other voluntary sector organisations do it and businesses certainly do it, but in many youth provisions there seems … Continue reading

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Not all young people want to play games…….do they?

As a youth worker, trainer and facilitator I use games….a lot.  Not just as ‘ice-breakers’ and energisers but as a means to facilitate learning, reflection and application.  (For clarity I’m not referring to computer games although they have their value as well, but group … Continue reading

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Why Youth Workers Should Blog

I know that youth workers are busy, pulled in many different directions; group work, one to ones, management meetings, fundraising, project planning, debriefs, fire fighting, and much more. So when I tell youth workers that they should also be blogging … Continue reading

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