||AND SO BEGAN THE
START OF PLACEMENT with a cautious reminder about realism in
practice. Silly me - getting wrapped up in all that 'young people love
youth workers' junk throughout my second year of study!! Even though
I've been working in youth clubs throughout, it took the words of our
outgoing practice coordinator at University to cement the true nature
of youth work; not everything goes to plan - don't panic if it doesn't
and you cannot please all young people at any one time.
I was quite lucky in week one, as
nobody spared a thought to tell me to 'f**k off' but I was close
to telling myself. Everything I had planned to do in the first week
(write the practice plan - 2000 words; visit all the local agencies;
develop sustainable relationships; blah, blah) didn't exactly go to
plan. Meetings that were timed for an hour, lasted two. Phone calls to
set up visits led to none being organised, and as for that practice
plan. Silly me! Still, by Thursday night, at nine in the evening, I
remembered that I absolutely loved youth work. We had a brilliant
session to introduce a new project about 'power' and young people. Well,
really it was just a chance for me to test out a couple of games with
the group - and I had so much fun. As I walked through the city centre
on Friday day time, watching all those people rush around in shirts and
ties, I realised that whilst I had not managed to keep to time, get
everything done when I had wanted to; at least I was having a laugh...
Highlight of Week One
Playing energetic warm up games
with a group of young people on a Thursday night session.
Dim-light of the week
On Friday, I made three cups of
coffee - all of which went cold.
Youth Work Activity of the
This is an energetic warm up. Get
everyone into a big hall, or open space. The group has thirty seconds to
touch something red, something blue, two walls, shake three people's
hands and then sit down. Can be adjusted as desired - but great fun.