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Archive for March, 2008

Busy Day

It’s been a hectic start to the week today. I’m always amazed at how varied the job is and the range of work that I can cover in just a day.

Youth Volunteering

I’ve finally managed to finish the final draft of the youth volunteering strategy for consultation with colleagues. It’s taken some time as I’ve been reading up on all the various volunteering literature that’s about in the system at the moment, and there’s a lot! I’m keen to see how its taken on board and how we can look at implementing it across the Children and Young People’s services.

There was the usual shuffling and responding of the mass of emails that always build up when out of the office for a few days. Personnel issues feature highly, along with various information bulletins which need reviewing and checked to see if there was anything I needed to react to or pass on to colleagues. The sheer amount of data coming in on these is hard to keep up with, especially with having such a broad range of subjects to check on.

Social Innovation Camp

Wow! This looks really exciting. I came across this from reading the Mediasnackers report and following the links. On the welcome page it defines itself as “What happens when you get a bunch of software developers and social innovators together, give them a set of social problems and only 48 hours to solve them?” The area that I’m really interested in is the Personal Development Reports submitted by Michael Amos-Simpson. (Mike set up and runs YoMo – a social enterprise that provides training and resources to support young people to contribute to their local communities. Their training is led by young people that have come through the training themselves and YoMo works all over the UK and Ireland, as well as supporting projects in Malawi.) His idea can be seen here at Personal Development Reports It’s basically looking at how you can track a young persons ‘journey’ / soft skills development over time. I’ve submitted a few comments and I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens as this is an area we are looking to develop to help support our Recorded Outcomes.


Next I had a meeting with new colleagues in the Europe Office. We’ve been working hard to encourage and develop this area of our youthwork as for various reasons it’s not as well developed as it could be. During the meeting it struck me once again how disjointed some of our work is throughout the local authority with very few people having a complete overview or understanding of how each part relates to the whole. So, it was good to touch base and I think that they were surprised by the number of initiatives we’ve already started under the EU Youth in Action Programme (run through Connect Youth in the UK). We’re also hoping to set up some projects under the Interreg IV programme. I’ll talk more about these as they progress.

So all in all a busy day…..and more to come tomorrow!

Starting Out

Well, I’m just starting out on this project and hope that it’s going to prove it’s worth as I start to suss out and discover how all the ‘new’ media can be used to help support the youthwork that I do and manage. It’s amazing what I am discovering as I slowly learn and navigate my way through the morass of information that you can dig up through googling and simple connecting from link to link.

And I’m not even at work at the moment….just doing it for fun!

Having just gone back over the Mediasnackers site I’ve discovered that there’s an interesting event over in Ireland, the Youth Media Democr&cy that looks like it could have a lot more info and discussion points. I think I’m away then, maybe I can source a colleague to go to check things out. I’ve been tasked, or will be once we have some more managers on board, to put together a strategy to develop our use of social media as well as to move our website forward. I’m not at all techie so learning very slowly how to get around all this.

Well, got to go – work will come around all to soon and need to be fresh tomorrow to finish off the volunteering strategy and move offices!

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