Working with young people: Roles and responsibilities
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Working with young people: Roles and responsibilities

1.2 Actions

In Activity 1 below, the purpose is to observe and identify some of the actions or interventions that adults make in their day-to-day work with young people. Some examples of these individual actions are:

  • making contact

  • listening

  • suggesting

  • giving information

  • challenging assumptions.

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AKKAS/KASEM
[00.00] Here’s Andrew – he’s late….as usual…but anyway.. Hello Andrew…and anyway …..the whole…..and noone was injured anyway. Hello Andrew.
ANDREW
[00.14] Hello.
AKKAS/KASEM
Happy Eid.
ANDREW
[00.18]Yes thank you, did you have a good ‘un?
AKKAS/KASEM
We did indeed.
ANDREW
[00.20]Right, I’ve brought all the consent forms for the Eid trip for next week, yeah alright tenpin bowling, Laserquest is what they asked for….well let’s go for it then shall we? We’ll get you on that training course…eventually when they’ve run more of it the only course they ran has been full to the brim
KASEM
[00.43] Oh, have you asked Sheila about um…in your home learning?
ANDREW
[00.49] No, but I see her on Thursday morning.

BACKGROUND CHATTER THROUGHOUT

ALL
[00.54] Hello……..Hello. Andrew, how are you? Andrew you look skinny.
ANDREW
Are you alright………cheek.
JABIR
[01.03] How are you – you alright?
ANDREW
….good…
KASEM
[01.09] Oh Shams you need to fill in a form for me please…..
AKKAS
[01.21] …we’re on the streets we going to dish out the consent forms for the Eid celebration, Eid celebration which happening next week and then the week after that we’re going to be on the streets giving out er the …..5th er the 4th anniversary of the Factory Group…..then erm we’re going to do a show case and we’re going to do a show case in Mountfield Lodge which we going to ….show pictures….all the pictures from the….since we started all until now….all the pictures………and on 14th er we’re going to have a movie night and that……..down there.
A N OTHER
[01.54) Oh, yeah, I’m going to that man……
AKKAS
[01.58] Here you go…
ANDREW
[01.59] You should sign the back of the them.
ANDREW
[02.00] Vox Pop… you know what happened …we’ve got about a hundred thousand pound to build the extension.
KAWSAR
What, you’re doing the extension?
ANDREW
Yeah.
KAWSAR
[02.16] You gave us them things but you never told us….you gave us the piece of paper saying….
ANDREW
[02.19] Yeah, the government minister came up last Friday to a meeting at the Moira Centre and she’s, she’s put the money in, so there’s a hundred thousand pound extension which shall be built…
KAWSAR
[02.31] …so what happened with all the other areas….like…
ANDREW
[02.33] No, we can’t get planning permission – they’re too expensive – we need lots more money, you know, it’s not feasible.
KAWSAR
[02.43] A hundred thousand pounds!………it’s good….
ANDREW
…it’s pretty good…. 7.33pm
ANDREW
[02.48] What’s wrong with your job?
ZIAUR
Not very happy with it.
ANDREW
Why are you not happy with it?
ZIAUR
[02.56] I am happy but I prefer a different job….I’m going to go back to school next year……something different…..I don’t want to work in the factory all my life.
ANDREW
[3.05] Hmm, so…why did you er leave school so early then?
ZIAUR
[03.08] It’s all my friends, mates and that.
ANDREW
[03.12] …..peer pressure?
ZIAUR
Yeah, I know.
KASEM
[03.13] You do know you need to apply for six universities not one…..
ANSWER
[03.15] I know, I know, I know, that’s what’s worrying ….I don’t know which one to go for.
KASEM
[03.19] Yeah, cos I think what…..Burleigh ….because I was doing, I wanted to do Chemistry, they offered while I was doing my A levels they offered us a position just to go to a uni, they call it taster course, taster course, just to erm follow people around who are actually doing the course…You get actually to sit in their lectures. It’s for a whole day and you get to see a taste of that course.
ANDREW
[03.40] What about the forms, the applications?
AMIN
[03.42] I’m going there in’t it…you take care now.
ANDREW
Ok, are you going on the Eid trip?
AMIN
I don’t know…..most likely.
ANDREW
[03.46] ..that’s clear!…see you later…but you know what about the writing of the application forms?
SHAMS
[03.54] No good.
ANDREW
[03.55] Alright then, Ok, well we can work on that, certain ways to write them isn’t there?
SHAMS
[04.01] Yeah
ANDREW
[04.02] …you know, and er, a lot of forms are very similar, I mean if we go down Tescos and get a form or someat…..and practice on it.
SHAMS
Hmm.
ANDREW
It’ll be alright….do that.
ANDREW
[04.16] Right, we’re off now –see you guys.
KASEM
[04.18] – see you next week guys.
ANDREW
[04.21] See you next week if you’re on the bowling trip.
KASEM
..see you next week bowling – that’s alright Tuesday.
ANDREW
[04.25] Yeah, yeah, yeah……
ANDREW
I’ll give you a ring tomorrow yeah
ANDREW
[04.33] You could always ask why you didn’t get in.
KASEM
[04.34] Yeah, erm apparently along the lines of my skills didn’t match what they need.

A chance meeting on the street

ANDREW
[04.51] Ok lads?
SHAMS
[04.55] Hey, how you doing?
ANDREW
See you next week.
MIZAN
[05.02] I’ll actually see you on Friday….see you next week

The site of the old factory where the project all started

ANDREW
[05.07] Ah, remember the old factory?
KASEM
Hmm
ANDREW
It’s very different now isn’t it?
AKKAS
[05.11] …very…there’s houses and flats here now….and a massive car park.
ANDREW
[05.20] All the jobs gone.
KASEM
Hmm…

8.13pm: They meet a group of 18-23 year olds in front of the glass factory

ALL
[05.25] How are you doing? How are you doing?
KASEM
[05.33] Right, erm for the Eid Celebration at Laserquest and Bowling.
ALAM
Yeah.
KASEM
Are you interested Alam?
ALAM
[05.38] How much do you need?
FARUK
Laserquest and bowling, couldn’t you think of anything else?
KASEM
[05.42] What can you think of?
FARUK
[05.45] Man, you come up with the same thing all the time.
KASEM
[05.47] What can you think of Faruk?
MUSLEH
Yeah, let me see I will go on it.
KASEM
(talking to Faruk) [05.51] We always ask you, but you give us the same thing…
MUSLEH
I want to see that, what’s going on?
KASEM
[05.54] Eid celebrations….. Laserquest, bowling…..food, food.
MUSLEH
Yeah man put me down.
KASEM
food….food…
MUSLEH
[06.00] Yeah, put me down, isn’t it.
ANDREW
[06.04] Did you sort all them rent problems out?
PAUL
(nods)
ANDREW
[06.08] Did you get any money off them to pay all your bills?
PAUL
[06.10] No…I’ve paid them all
ANDREW
[06.13] Yeah, that’s good, apart from the rent, But that’s sorted now?
PAUL
[06.19]
Yeah, it is now.
ANDREW
[06.22] Did you do that or did she go down there?
PAUL
([6.24] No, I did that and she did half.
ANDREW
[06.27] Did you do it the way I told you? 8
PAUL
[06.28] No, I worked.
ANDREW
[06.31] ..on the Friday to pay the rent?
PAUL
[06.33] No I have a couple of days a week.

8.27pm: Talking to a member who’s going to be youth worker

MUSLEH
[06.36] I’m fully qualified but I don’t know if I’m going to put my skills into use or not, you know what I’m saying?
KASEM
…but there’s a food and hygiene course as well.
A N OTHER
[06.43] Yeah, I’m going to take that, I don’t know, the place that I work at is that you know I work with you as well on Fridays and at the Shree Ram we’re only like the kids there about like up to 13, 14 work up to 25 years old but not always, you know what I’m saying….detached youth work…one..I don’t know because I haven’t really done any detached youth work yet, but I don’t know I mean it’s alright, this is detached youth work isn’t it?

8.36pm: Debut of a rap written for the local Mela

JAHANGIR
[07.06] (Rap)
ANDREW
[07.23] You want to do Mela then?
JAHANGIR
[07.25] I’ll give it a go yeah, why not……isn’t nothing that scary is it?
ANDREW
[07.31] I don’t know. There’s two, three thousand people there.
JAHANGIR
[07.35] …..I’ll give me more cover. If you lot can do it I can do it as well…..no back up or nothing. Do you know what I mean?
ANDREW
[07.43] I’ll get the entry form.
JAHANGIR
[07.45] yeah….nice one mate, cheers for that.

8.51pm: One of the members raises the issue of homosexuality

ALAM
[07.51] Well, how can people be born gay?
KASEM
[07.55] No-one said they were born gay.
ALAM
You said they discovered they were gay.
KASEM
[07.57] Why is it as people that grow up they go through relationships and they explore……..and they try different things and then eventually they….
MUSLEH
[08.07] So do you think it’s natural, you think it’s right for….
KASEM
[08. 10] It’s natural for the people who want to be gay, yeah.
MUSLEH
[08.12] Yeah, but I’m, I’m trying to say, is it natural? Gays are gay because of society, of media, fashion trends. That’s what I think. That’s what society is all about.
KASEM
[08.22] That’s nature, nurture that does have an effect on people.
MUSLEH
Yeah, it has a hundred per cent effect.
KASEM
…you’re against it………religion…
MUSLEH
[08.29] No, in religion it doesn’t , no in Islam it doesn’t say to be against gays, it says you should respect them.
JAHANGIR
[08.38] See you later then.
ANDREW
See you later. Thanks for the rap… It’ll be after Christmas.

9.17pm: Back at the car for the end of session evaluation

ANDREW
[08.54] Oh, that was challenging tonight.
KASEM
[08.56] Very challenging.
AKKAS
[08.57] (reads) Describe what you are hoping to achieve in this particular session.
KASEM
[09.01] To promote Eid celebration.
AKKAS
(as he writes)….promoting…
ANDREW
[9.07] Did we not actually plan the informal discussions? We left space for them.
AKKAS
We did yeah.
ANDREW
[09.13] ..because you can do an awful lot of activities then you would never have any discussions Hmm
ANDREW
[09.17] So that’s quite important Ok, I mean, one of the, one of the things on top of the form is adulthood and independence and you know what’s really good about that session is they were learning to talk about a really difficult issue for them er which is quite complex. Now they couldn’t do that at home. So if we add that in that bit at the bottom there, we’re getting into…..future issues.
AKKAS
[09.40] First out…future issues….?
ANDREW
[09.43] You know they know you’re youth workers….So I know he’ll be up for that. It’s part of his job…Is that is then? …..Sign it then.
AKKAS
That’s about it yeah.
ANDREW
[09.51] Signed it?
AKKAS
That’s yours.
ANDREW
[09.54] See you later then.
AKKAS/KASEM
See you later.
ANDREW
Do you want to get that light off?
KASEM
Yeah see you later …. next week….6.50 for the Eid trip.
ANDREW
[10.03] Yes, right.
KASEM
[10.05] See you then……cheers
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Activity 1: The actions we take

0 hours 40 minutes

Now view the Factory, Clip 1 (above) Here you see three detached youth workers – Andrew, Akkas and Kasem from The Factory project – out on the street making contact with young people.

Make a list of what you observe the workers actually doing. You may need to watch the clip more than once. Make a note of the actions taken by each of the workers.

Alternatively, you may prefer to do this activity in your own workplace. Observe and then list the actions you or your colleagues take in one evening or within a specific activity.

Discussion

Comment

You will not necessarily use the same words as we have to describe the actions you observed the workers taking in this clip. You probably noted, for example, that they were distributing leaflets about future events, and about Eid – a Muslim festival – in particular. Linked to this, there were consent forms to be given out. At other times, Andrew, Akkas and Kasem were simply listening to young people, or finding out about them. More generally, throughout the evening, they were making contact with the young people who were out and about. Later on in the clip, we see Andrew offering to get hold of an application form and then we see Akkas facilitating an informal discussion about sexuality. At the end of the evening, the three workers discuss what they have accomplished and fill out an evaluation form.

In completing Activity 1 you might have wanted to use more than one label for what you saw the workers doing. This is not surprising as there are many ways of describing the same activity, and they often overlap. For example, listening and making suggestions can be ways of showing an interest. Giving certain kinds of information can be part of protecting a young person.

One activity can also serve different purposes. Take, for example, ‘listening’:

  • The police will listen to a young person primarily to elicit information to assist with peace-keeping, community safety and crime detection.

  • A doctor will listen to a young person primarily to make a diagnosis.

  • A counsellor will listen to a young person primarily to help them explore a personal issue.

  • A friend will listen to a young person to show they are a friend, that someone is interested in them and to further their friendship.

As someone working with young people, you may have listened for different purposes – even in the same group meeting. They are not exclusive to work with young people but can be found in other work contexts and also in our personal lives.

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