IN DEFENCE BUSINESS AND GOSSIP
Somewhat by chance we are in the midst of revamping our web site. However the change is very timely. In the last few months a range of issues and concerns re the Campaign have emerged.
– We are coming up to our fifth anniversary. By the time we get to our conference in April shouldn’t we have drawn up a balance sheet of our strengths and weaknesses? Is there a case for a refreshed statement of our purpose and intent? What is our present understanding of the continued shifts in the landscape of youth work and work with young people?
– The recent debate about the politics and the language of the Campaign will continue, but on the web site itself we are already trying to respond to criticism. For example, from now on posts will be categorised to help readers filter our content and access the stuff, in which they are most interested. We are conscious that many of you are rushed off your feet and it’s difficult to find time to visit the site. Categories for now will be : In Defence Business and Gossip ; Youth Policy ; Youth Work Practice/Talking to Young People ; Politics and Current Affairs ; Events and Conferences; and The Voluntary and Community Sector.
– Nevertheless, whatever our failings, the Campaign continues to be, we believe, a critical and creative influence on the youth work scene. You will have seen our announcement about a possible Story-Telling European conference in the summer and increasingly a This is Youth Work Book 2 is being envisaged. More news soon.
Finally as ever we need you to find ways of being involved in the Campaign – following and contributing to the site and Facebook, writing up your own experiences, attending where possible our workshops and seminars and crucially making time at a local level to meet and get support from each other. One piece of the networking jigsaw that has been missing is a regular mailing and again we are in the throes of putting together manually a new and up-to-date mailing list.
As ever your thoughts appreciated.