Dear Youth Workers, Students, and Colleagues

We’re writing to invite you to the ‘This is Youth Work : Stories from
practice’ workshop

on Monday 23rd April
at 9.30am – 2pm
at St John the Baptist Church Hall
Grainger Street

For further information contact
Don McDonald 07984100825
Anne Marron 07500087993 or 0191 3341507

This event will be an opportunity to explore and promote youth work in
the north east, to draw on stories from the book ‘This is Youth Work,
stories from practice’ and share examples from your practice which
highlight the distinctions of youth work as a professional discipline.
It will use young peoples stories from the book to unpick the skills,
knowledge and understanding embedded in the Young Person/Youth Worker
relationship which gives Youth Work its distinct practice.

Published jointly by Unison and Unite/the Community and Youth Workers
Union, ‘This is Youth Work : Stories from Practice’ was brought together
by a network of young people, practitioners and supporters committed to
emancipatory and democratic forms of a practice going back at least 150
years. Most distinctively defined by young people’s freedom to be
involved or not, youth work’s informal and experiential approaches and
the lead it takes from the interests and concerns of the young people
who attend and focus on their potential to move, personally and

We recognise that colleagues are currently experiencing significant
challenges and changes in their work and would like to offer this as an
opportunity to share practice and look at ways of working which are
developing out of these changes. It is hoped that the event will be used
as a catalyst for ideas, potential training and future action which is
founded on the key principles of Youth Work, so please give
consideration to your situation and come prepared to share with
participants during the workshop.

The workshop is aimed at Youth Workers (Voluntary and Statutory),
Educators, Youth Service Managers, Community and Youth Work Students and
other partners and colleagues across the North East committed to working
with young people. It will be facilitated by Tony Taylor and members of
the local ‘Developing and Defending Youth Work’ steering group.  We hope
you will join us.

Follow this link for details of venue, location, car parking:

Refreshments will be provided but please bring your own lunch. There
will be no charge for this event however we will be asking for donations
on the day to cover venue hire, refreshments and other essential
expenses. A programme for the workshop and further details will be sent
following receipt of your booking form.

Invite/Flyer and booking form to distribute.

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