I think one of the key roles for youth workers is the way that we support young people and families in our local community.

In the last few months I’ve had some opportunities to walk with young people in difficult times as well as the good times:

  • I’ve been a support to a number of young people both from church and through my role as Chaplain in a local secondary school at appointments with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.
  • Hannah and I have housed a young person for the night who’d completely had enough of home, and after an initial mediation appointment had nowhere to go – we were able to successfully re-integrate the young person at home the next day.
  • I’ve supported a number of families whose children are on the child protection register and have found the whole process frustrating and negative.
  • I’ve prayed and sat with a number of young people who’ve lost friends or relatives.

Being a constant with young people in this busy and fast-changing world is so important.  Relationships matter, and they matter most in times of trouble.

What are some of the ways that you are a constant for young people in your community as they face tough times?

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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