A lot of people tell me how shocked they were at the sudden closure of Public Achievement and our sister social enterprise - Achieve Enterprises. In many ways no one was more shocked than those of us who worked there. The end came like a tidal wave. For me it has been a bereavement - … Continue reading On the Closure of Public Achievement
It is very difficult to avoid the ‘N’ word. It is written into European and UK policy, and used very widely – including by government agencies, policy makers and even youth workers. Indeed, I’ve even heard young people use the term as a noun to describe themselves. It even sounds horrible and it makes me … Continue reading We Need to Talk About the ‘N’ Word!
It is 25 years - a full generation - since the Berlin Wall came down. It was an incredible moment in the history of Europe and I remember hoping that it wouldn’t be long before our walls came down as well. As we wait to see whether the Northern Ireland political parties can deliver a … Continue reading Keep Them Up or Knock Them Down are Not The Only Options
Alex Kane is a well respected and thoughtful commentator. I enjoy his articles, blogs and tweets (@alexkane221b). However I was very disappointed by his recent Newsletter article on votes at 16. He has challenged young people in our WIMPS (Where Is My Public Servant?) project to a debate on the issue, and personally - I … Continue reading Well Alex, You Might Be Missing the Point!
Two very different articles about young people caught my eye today. One was from an author of Children’s books - Terence Blacker writing in the Independent. The other was a commentary from a chief constable, covered in a story in the Guardian by Alan Travis. You might be intrigued to know this, but I was … Continue reading You Could Take the Blacker View, But I am With Cheer
There are many reasons why the decision of Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson MLA to do a complete u-turn on plans for the development of the site of the former Maze Prison is a set-back for a political process that seems to be in a state of rapid decline - but for me one of … Continue reading Maze Long Kesh – The Loss of a Site of Profound Learning
This weekend in Belfast, many people will be reflecting back on what some call 'The Good Friday Agreement' - and others call 'The Belfast Agreement'. For most it was an historic moment where decades of conflict and enmity seemed to be coming to an end. For others - it was a compromise too far - … Continue reading Fifteen Years On