Reflection: Dialogue: Action: – “Expressions of faith in Youth Work”, November 18 in Derby


Reflection: Dialogue: Action: – “Expressions of faith in Youth Work”

18 November from 9:30–14:30 in the Britannia Mill, DE22 3BL Derby


An opportunity and reflective space for youth work practitioners of all faiths and none, to gather in exploration, dialogue and recognition of the positive & diverse contribution that faith makes to working with young people in their communities of faith and place.

Through workshops, group discussion, reflective activities and keynote input we will explore key themes including:

The importance of interfaith dialogue with young people in their communities

The spiritual development of young people & practitioners

The tensions and opportunities faith values in professional practice


It is our hope that as delegates we will commit to learning from each other through sharing our journeys and narratives, recognising our blockages and thinking beyond our own known faith communities and reference points.

The day will be facilitated by members of the D2N2 Youth Work Alliance Core Group, including Ian Tannahill, ‘Director of Young People’s Services’ at Blend Youth Project and Angela Brymer, ‘Youth Ministry Adviser’ for the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham.

Workshop Facilitators

We are pleased to welcome the following workshop facilitators, whose knowledge and experience will help to root our reflections and discussion firmly in models of practice:

Jill Appleton: – ‘Development Worker, Birmingham & Schools Consultant’ for ‘The Feast’.

The Feast is a Christian charity based in Birmingham, working to promote community cohesion between young people of different faiths and cultures.


Ruth Richardson: – ‘Director’ at the Multi-Faith Centre in Derby.

The Multi-Faith Centre exists to promote mutual understanding between people of different faiths/beliefs and none and to build respect between people as fellow human beings across cultures.


Additional useful Information

On-site parking is available.

The event will be held in Rooms: BM 115/116

Lunch will be provided


A short D2N2 Youth Work Alliance AGM will be held during the lunch break.

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Tide Turning in Derby, November 9 – be there!

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9 November at 13:00–14:00

Room MS146, University of Derby, Markeaton Street Campus

n Defence of Youth Work created the ‘Is the Tide Turning?’ discussion paper in summer 2017 in order to encourage discussion around the potential revival of open youth work, particularly in the aftermath of the 2017 General Election. (Hard copies will be available at the event).

Please read the paper to organise discussion workshops based on the paper to discuss its key tenets. We hope to gather feedback from these events to feed into our analysis of the responses to the paper and the way forward for open youth work. IDYW will collate and analyse this feedback and share it widely.

The session format will facilitate the discussion on the following;

• What principles should underpin the revival of open youth work?


• Should local authority youth services be reopened, or are there different ways that state-supported youth work can be organised?


• How can the revival of open youth work be made feasible in terms of funding, infrastructure and staffing?

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Tide FlyerPlease circulate the above as a pdf  – Tide Flyer

We are pleased to say that there has been a positive response to the call for a range of events to debate our ‘is the tide turning?’ paper.

Specific contacts for more info re the above events are:






Some of these events have created their own flyers and I’ll post these during the week. In addition, more gatherings look likely in other parts of the country plus a number of institutions are building into their courses discussion on the paper. More news as soon as it is available.

It does look promising and we hope very much you will be able to participate in the debate.



Our Future, Your Say : Debating Youth and Community Work in Derby



Tuesday, November 29 from 9.30 – 13.30

University of Derby Enterprise Centre

Bridge Street DE1 3LD

Third Year Working with Young People and Communities Student Debate

Does our current Government misunderstand the value of our current Youth and Community profession? This is a debate to evaluate the Youth Work profession, and we want YOUR voice to be heard.


Our guests will include individuals from a variety of vocations, but all of which have an insight and their own opinion on the direction of Youth Work.


If you would like to find out more about this event, please do not hesitate to post a message on the Facebook page, or email Lizzie on


And there’s a promo video, featuring none other than Jeremy Corbyn – a coup for the organisers.