Breathing Space 2015 – #BSpace15 session 2

3 Mar

Susie leads us in thinking about those who have impacted us in our developing years, as we grew up. She shares her experiences of youth leaders who loved her regardless of what mood she turned up with, and who accompanied her on her journey of faith.

Susie then asks us to think about those adults that we knew on our journey and the positive things that they made us think and feel and then asks us to write them down on post it notes and put  them on a drawing of a stick young person.

We are then asked to think about what are the things that young people today need in order to build positive relationships with them, again putting them on post its and sticking them on a drawing, this time of a stick youth worker.

Susie then talks about the 4 stages of building/growing relationships with young people: contact, connect, care and challenge (Doug Fields)

Relationships aren’t about making things better, they are about being with people during everything, including the hard bits.

Young people rarely have the same expectations of their youth worker as we might think that they have. They often want to simply “be” and spend time having fun with their friends.

We also need to be aware of the expectations on us by adults where we work, being aware where these expectations are unrealistic and aware of when this takes its toll on us.

We need to be realistic in our relationships, both with young people and the adults that we work with.


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