Event — 11th January 2019
Lecture & Latte
Date: 18 February 2019
Venue: NTC, Glasgow Learning Centre, G31 4DN
Holding onto our values
Drawing on Helen’s research, this ‘lecture & latte’ conversation will explore the role and impact of values in and on youth work and youth workers; and consider whether and how we might realise a critically reflective and emancipatory youth work practice in the midst of current challenges.
In the current, rapidly changing social and policy context, if we want to work for young people’s benefit it is vital that youth workers are able to recognise the agendas that shape the work we are being asked to perform.
As a ‘values-based’ practice, values – our own, youth work’s, our organisations’ and society’s – play a central, albeit sometimes covert and unexamined, role in shaping this work.
Helen Gatenby has lived, worked, studied and worshipped in Ardwick, inner-city Manchester, for nearly 30 years, where, in 1995, she set up M13 Youth Project – a faith-based project rooted in detached youth work and informal education, which she continues to manage.
A JNC qualified youth worker, Helen has been a visiting lecturer at the Manchester Centre of the Nazarene Theological College since 2006, lecturing in Power & Anti-Oppressive Practice and Informal Education. She has recently successfully completed her doctorate, researching ‘How youth work students develop their professional values in qualifying education’.
Lecture & Latte
‘Lecture & Latte’ provides a critical thinking space, in a community learning environment, where practioners can come together to engage, ask questions and deepen their knowledge and understanding of Youth and Community Work. It also provides an opportunity for those interested in studying youth work to come and have a taste of what NTC’s Glasgow Learning Centre can offer.