With the start of 2010, I started thinking what would it mean to be more creative, more inspiring in our youth work and ministry, so I read Inspire – fresh ideas for creative youth work by Nigel & Jo Pimlott and Dave Wiles. The book is short, only 79 pages long, and is split into three clear sections:
- Working with Groups of Young People
Whilst there was a lot of good introductory material in the first chapter, and a great compendium of activities to help make youth work more creative in the third, it was the second chapter that inspired me the most. Dave Wiles outlined a number of reasons for participation and then highlights some models of participation, for example Roger Hart’s ladder of participation.
The book is a short guide, which given it brevity could be given to volunteers to read, as well as full-time staff.