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Philippe Coutinho’s 200 LFC appearances in numbers

Philippe Coutinho reached the landmark of 200 Liverpool appearances on Boxing Day – here are some statistics of the Brazilian’s double-century with the Reds to date: 1,779 – days separated his Liverpool debut, as a 78th-minute substitute against West Bromwich Albion at Anfield, and his 200th outing 500 – the playmaker has had 500 shots […]

Government must invest in children’s & youth services

Leading children’s charities and local councils have called on the Government to urgently close the funding gap facing children and young people’s services as new research reveals a sharp rise in families reaching “crisis point”. An open letter signed by five major organisations warns that children’s social care is being pushed to breaking point, with […]

Children’s & youth work links

Links from the world of children’s and youth ministry: Scripture Union produces simplified Nativity story to avoid confusing children who don’t go to church: A spokeswoman said the change had been prompted by figures in recent years showing the scale of the lack of knowledge about the Christmas story among many children. New Healthy Media Habits For […]

Cathedrals attract record numbers at Christmas

Christmas attendance at services in cathedrals last year reached its highest figure since records began, statistics published today show. A one year rise of 5%, meant that 131,000 people came to cathedrals to worship last Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Increased attendances were also recorded at services in Advent with 635,000 coming to worship during […]

How has the UK student population changed?

September is the time in youth work where we say “hello” to new young people and goodbye to older young people who are making their way into employment or off to university. The ONS has produced some very interesting data about student population in the UK. Student numbers have almost doubled since 1992 Download the […]

The Good Childhood Report 2016

Over the last decade the Children’s Society have asked over 60,000 children how they think their lives are going.  The Good Childhood Report 2016 is their fifth in-depth study into children’s well-being, produced in partnership with the University of York. The media picked up on some of its headline findings: 1 in 3 girls are unhappy with their […]

YLG2016: State of the World

The third Lausanne Young Leaders Gathering is happening in Jakarta.  YLG2016 is a gathering of 1,000 younger leaders from over 160 countries who will connect, pray, and discern together God’s leading of their generation for his global mission.  It’s a privilege to be here and to share my notes of Jason Mandryk and Molly Wall from Operation World as […]

Government report revealing full impact of cuts to children’s centres

A damning report which revealed the full extent of the harm done by funding cuts to children’s centres was among more than 400 statements, documents and reports quietly released by the Government just before Christmas. A six-year study by Oxford University researchers ‘The impact of children’s centres: studying the effects of children’s centres in promoting […]

Debt, unemployment and property prices have combined to stop millennials taking their share of western wealth

The Guardian have published some interesting data that shows that young adults face a huge economic challenge: A combination of debt, joblessness, globalisation, demographics and rising house prices is depressing the incomes and prospects of millions of young people across the developed world, resulting in unprecedented inequality between generations. A Guardian investigation into the prospects […]

Christmas dinner was £5 cheaper in 2015

The average cost of Christmas dinner has fallen by nearly £5 since 2014 meat, vegetable and drinks prices lower the cost of the festive set-piece, official figures have shown. Based on the Office for National Statistics’ inflation data for 20 individual “Christmas” items, the cost of the meal – albeit substituting turkey steaks for a […]

Why are young people drinking less alcohol?

There was a fascinating article published in New Statesman about how young people are drinking less and that individual alcohol consumption in Britain has declined sharply. Whenever horrific tales of the drunken escapades of the youth are reported, one photo reliably gets wheeled out: “bench girl”, a young woman lying passed out on a public bench above bottles of […]

Millennials Selfies: young adults will take more than 25,000 selfies in their lifetime!

Millennials average 9 selfies per week, spending an average of seven minutes perfecting each one before posting. That’s adds up to about 54 hours per year spent on taking & posting selfies according to this report in the International Business Times: A recent survey from Luster Premium White, a teeth whitening brand based in Boston, […]