WOW! I’ve been away for a week (hence the quiet) and it’s all been happening! Firstly welcome to Dave Petrie an Advanced Practitioner from Essex who has started his own blog. It’s great to have someone else to share this journey with:) Having decided before going on leave to be more transparent DK wrote a bit about this blog on the Mediasnackers report and the word is now out! Thanks DK and sorry to have disrupted your campaign!:(
I’m really hopeful of developing a network and online youth work community and have started to discover sites and forums that I didn’t know existed before through following others links. For example through tracking some of the referrers to here I discovered this youth worker forum where some good discussions are being had.
Anyways, the thought of an online community got me to thinking about the on the ground community of youth workers and how we share (or don’t!) our experiences face to face. I know that I occassionally get the chance to meet others doing a similar role to mine at conferences or other events but not very often. (And that’s usually expensive unless they are the free NYA events). The Association of Principal Youth Officers provides this sort of forum for Heads of Service (diversfying the roles to fit in with current changes) and is just looking to expand its membership to include local authority youth work managers with operational responsibility for the delivery of youth work. However what about other colleagues? And the voluntary sector?
We have County Staff meetings regularly throughout the year and a staff conference once a year so that all staff can get together and get the opportunity to discuss policy, practice and experiences however this is internal to West Sussex. There are the more specific conferences around Rural or Detached Youth Work but other than that colleagues rarely get the chance to talk and share with people from other authorities. How about others? Is there some sort of forum out there on the ground that I don’t know about? Is the Online Community ahead of the terra firma community?
And now I need to sign off to contemplate this and other pressing matters such as Service Level Agreements etc. Thanks for reading!