Sustenance for the Senses 1 – Loss, Loneliness, Narrative and Youth Policy

This is the first of the single regular weekly posting ‘Sustenance for the Senses’ promised in yesterday’s news that I’ll only be working one day a week for IDYW – Tony Taylor denies doing an MA in Entrepreneurial Philanthropy and being headhunted for a CEO Third Sector job. 

As of now, the posting will appear on Tuesday as the site statistics indicate that the highest number of visits occur on this day. Why? I haven’t a clue.


Lost Ys London

An impressive, thoughtful and thorough briefing London’s Lost Youth Services 2018 [pdf] produced by Sian Berry, Green Party member of the London Assembly.

Since 2011, the cumulative amount not spent on services for young people in
London is now more than £145 million.




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Opening Words by 42nd Street’s youth co-researchers [on what I think is an exceptional piece of work TT]
We became involved in the research to learn more about youth loneliness because we are passionate about giving young people a voice – as experts in our own lives. We knew intuitively from our own experiences and those of our friends and family that youth loneliness is a really important but far from understood issue; we knew that it was a complex issue, with a whole host of causes and even wider implications on young people’s lives.

Janet Batsleer (MMU), James Duggan (MMU), Sarah McNicol (MMU), Simone Spray (42nd Street)


  • Develop new ways of thinking and talking about youth loneliness, beyond medicalised discourses of epidemics and towards more expansive understandings of youth and more inclusive ways of belonging.
  • Arts-based and creative methods create spaces and relationships where young people can find connection and navigate painful forms of loneliness.
  • Restore threatened youth work provision and fund a plurality of options so that all young people have someone who knows and accepts them for who they are.
  • Re-imagine interventions beyond individual funded projects and towards commons spaces and social movements to bring into being more co-operative and convivial communities.
  • Youth-led social action is necessary to develop the practical and political change, benefiting youth participants and their peers.


Spring Policy and Practice Seminar Programme – FREE Registration Via this Link

The Association’s FREE national, collaborative ‘Policy and Practice’ seminar programme continues to expand, and we have been delighted with the response. Registrations have topped 200 delegates (52 academics; 107 practitioners; 57 students) across the seminar programme. The aim of these seminars is to foster greater levels of collaboration between higher education institutions and practice agencies in the profiling of challenges and opportunities facing youth and community work policy and practice across the UK. Follow the link above for a full listing, or the unique links for each event found below (please note the ‘post-strike’ revised dates for Glasgow and Dumfries):

  1. Friday 20th April (Worcester) ‘Youth and Community Work in Transition’

  1. Friday 4th May (Carmarthen) ‘Young People, Resilience and Wellbeing’

  1. Tuesday 15th May (Newport) ‘Young People, Resilience and Wellbeing’

  1. Wednesday 16th May (Glasgow) ‘Developing a Charter for Post-Brexit Youth and Community Work’

  1. Thursday 17th May (Belfast) ‘Revisiting the Value of Faith-based Youth Work’

  1. Tuesday 22nd May (London) ‘The Changing Context for Youth Work Practice’

  1. Thursday 24th May (Dumfries) ‘Developing a Charter for Post-Brexit Youth and Community Work’

  1. Friday 25th May (Derby) ‘Youth Work and Inter-Professional Practice’

Given IDYW’s emphasis on both narrative and critical practice we can’t wait to get our hands on a copy. We quite fancy making the launch, but you can’t have everything………



Programme and Tickets for Co-Production Conference, Jan 21, Glasgow

Message from Paul Fenton:

Programme for ‘Co-production, Research and Youth and Community Work’ (21st January, 2017)


Booking now via this link

I am pleased to confirm the programme of presentations and workshops at our January research conference to be held at the University of Glasgow on Saturday 21st January 2017.

The Professional Association of Lecturers in Youth and Community Work, in collaboration with CR&DALL and The Radical Community Work Journal invite you to an event that will explore the role of co-production and research in supporting youth work and community development; with selected papers to form a special issue of the Radical Community Work Journal.

The event is designed to be inclusive of colleagues undertaking postgraduate study, early career researchers as well as established academics. We welcome participants from across disciplines with an interest in youth work and community development as day conference delegates and presenters.

You can access a full copy of the programme via this link, with details also provided on the Eventbrite booking page.
Presentations and workshops include the following*:

Opening Presentation:
· ‘A story of co-production from practice participants’ Christina McMellon, Mary Mitchell & Practice Participants (Young Edinburgh Action)
Theme 1: Methodologies of Co-production
· ‘Co-Production, a welcome return to developmental process?’ Lesley Gornall (Sheffield Hallam University)
· ‘Evidence Informed or Evidence Based Practice: Which direction for Youth and Community Work?’ Emma Chivers (University of South Wales)
· ‘Developmental Work Research: a search for congruence.’ Jane Melvin (University of Brighton)
· ‘Narrative capital and co-constructive narrative methodologies’. Mark Price (University of Brighton)
Theme 2: Co-production with Communities
· ‘The 67 Centre and its history. Adam Muirhead and Sue Robertson’ (The Trust for Developing Communities)
· ‘The tensions of co-production within vulnerable communities.’ Ros Chiosso and Erika Laredo. (Leeds Beckett University)
Theme 3: Democratisation of Knowledge
· ‘Community, Collaboration and Consideration.’ Sarah McAdam and Christine Smith (The University of St Mark & St John)
· ‘Exploring Power: Democratisation of Knowledge through Co-production’. Tanya Lubicz-Nawrocka. (University of Edinburgh)
Theme 4: Co-production with Young People
· ‘Sharing, making and learning together: co-production with digital art forms’. Frances Howard (University of Nottingham)
· ‘Blimey, its just like doing youth work again!’ Two university peer mentor projects of co-production. Melanie Gill (University of Brighton)
· ‘From production to exchange: Repairing co-production through research as a gift.’ James Duggan (Manchester Metropolitan University)
· ‘Designing the co-production of a strategic youth plan in a local government setting.’ Paula Rowe (Centre for Social Change, University of South Australia)
· ‘Reframing Loneliness: Co-production as a process of youth engagement’. Janet Batsleer (Manchester Metropolitan University)
· ‘Researching Professional Love with Child & Young People Services’ Practitioners. Martin Purcell (University of Huddersfield)

If you have any questions about the event then don’t hesitate to get in touch at

‘Co-production, Research and Youth and Community Work’


Invitation to: A January Research Day: ‘Co-production, Research and Youth and Community Work’
Saturday 21st January, 2017. University of Glasgow. Booking now via this link

The Professional Association of Lecturers in Youth and Community Work, in collaboration with CRADALL and The Radical Community Work Journal are collaborating in an event that will explore the role of co-production and research in supporting youth work and community development.

We are inviting presentations around four themes:

1. Co-production with young people.
2. Co-production with communities (communities of practice as well as geographical, cultural etc.)
3. Methodologies of co-production e.g. action research, developmental work research etc.
4. Democratisation of knowledge through the techniques of co-production.

The call for abstracts is for next Friday 9th December, 2016.

Follow this link to an abstract template and read more about the event via this link.

Best wishes

Paul Fenton PFHEA