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