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:

  1. Working with Groups of Young People
  2. Participation
  3. Creativity

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.

Married to the amazing Sarah and raising Jakey, Daniel, Amelia, Josh & Jonah in our blended family. Passionate for Jesus, social work & sport.

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