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Trust Games

trust can be built upon, this collection of exercises will help build trust.

Lost my password again!

Updated JUNE 2016 : I'm genuinely surrounded by people who can't remember passwords, they have so many and have been told by anyone with half a clue to make the password complicated. The trouble is that means they are hard to remember especially if you have 20 or 30 passwords. sounds a lot? well think about it, email, social media, file sharing, news reader, shopping sites, your probably at 2 by now aren't you? and that's without phone apps. My solution is LastPass its a browser plugin.

Health & Wellbeing

We have added a new section for youthworkers its our Health and wellbeing resources, We have been advacating on mental health for years now and wanted to provide some resources for youth workers on that and other healthy issues.

If you have something you feel would help youth workers around the globe and want to share it here please feel free to contact YWR via titter @youthworker facebook YouthWorkResources email of contact form on the website

mental health and addiction


american addiction centers reached out to me with some resources arround mental health and addiction we have a number of links to mental health resources and thease links are here for educational perpouses so you cn get a better understanding of mental health. remember to always reach out to professionals when dealing with mental health and addiction. 

On Keeping Quiet and Feeling Alone: A personal story for Mental Health Awareness month of May

by Laura Coward

A few years ago I met with a new personal trainer at my gym. Without any races coming up, I was having trouble sticking to a workout schedule. At least, that’s what I told him. We spent the first 20 minutes of the meeting laughing about the worst workouts/exercises we’ve paid to do, and then we verbally went through my medical history.

“Any injuries?” No. “Heart disease?” No. “Diabetes?” No. “Depression?” Silence.


here you will find documents for you to use and adapt. I will add more as time goes on. If you  have something to add or a better version send it in and i will post it on the site.

Stress and Relaxation for youth workers

Part of our continuing series on mental health: Stress is a serious and debilitating condition that can affect anyone at any time in life. one of the most reported effects of stress is  inability to relax and often disturbed sleep. Youth Work can be a stressful profession and to help combat some of that stress I thought pointing you in the direction of some guided relaxation audio recording and some soothing music would help.

stress and relaxation

Self Image: Mask collage

Mask collage
developed by Ian and Michelle while working at YMCA WSM for sessions in a womens prison.
we were trying to explore the vast contrast between the young women we met and that which they portrayed to the guards and most other people. Like most people but probably more so when imprisoned people wear a mask and the young women we were working with, some of whom were on remand while others were serving time were no different.

its a game thing

youth workers need fallback to fill in when something doesn't work out maybe you expected a session to last longer, or someone didn't show or is running late. here are a few fillers that are great fun. always have a pack of Uno if i'm doing a trip or a session just in-case and its was always out at the open youth clubs.

What are your go to games? let us know in the comments below.
Who's in the Bag
Who's in the Bag is an incredibly popular game that test your skills at verbal charades. The object of the game is for each team, in turn to identify as many famous characters on the cards as possible in a race against the clock. Everything you need is in the bag including a timer and blanks to create your own special characters. If the team guess the identity of the character correctly they keep the card and draw another from the bag.

10 fundraising tips for youth work

  1. Plan the entire year's worth of fundraisers in advance. Make estimates as to how much money you will need to generate so that you can adequately plan your year do not forget to include admin costs.
  2. Planning and communication are key in good fundraising. make sure everyone knows what and when things are happening. use a tool like Trello to plan.
  3. Less is more. 4 really solid fundraisers each year will be more effective than a bunch of small goal fundraisers. Stick with Ideas that will generate a good amount of income, stay away from bake sales, or tombolas. They usually have a pitiful profit margin and are more work and hassle than they are worth

Photo Scavanger Hunts

I'm a big fan of Scavenger hunts so here is another, best played in the summer when you have a good amount of time
photo hunt
you will need teams (each team should have an adult)
A smart phone and a social sharing account like instagram
maybe a map with 4 zones each team must make a find in each zone
or you have to stick to your zone
send out the teams to snap pics of stuff!

Get the teams to upload each pic to the photo sharing site, tag it with team name and the designation (number, a-z colour etc)


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