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Our Thoughts - Catherine Mitchell

31 May 2023

For this month’s Our Thoughts, our Organisational Learning and Support Lead Catherine Mitchell explores the application of empathy in the workplace to create enabling environments, and discusses how by doing so, we can enhance our support for our colleagues and young people. 

Introducing the College's Relational Practice Curriculum

30 May 2023

This month Simon Frost, the College’s Head of Education, reflects on the development of the College’s Relational Practice Curriculum, which is due to be launched this summer. 

May Reading List

16 May 2023

Every month, members of the team share work that has made us think, inspired us, or piqued our interest. 

Check out our reading list for May!

Authoring Our Own Stories Through the Power of Creative Thinking

9 May 2023

Partnership for Young London's Sandra Vacciana shares insights from a fascinating national youth recovery project co-created with young people, and tells us how creative approaches have helped enhance authenticity and youth voice within its findings.

Final Reflections on Just One Question

20 April 2023

As we prepare to say goodbye to #JustOneQuestion, the teams at YMCA George Williams College and UK Youth share their final reflections on the weekly survey tool.

March Reading List

24 March 2023

Every month, members of the team share work that has made us think, inspired us, or piqued our interest. 

Check out our reading list for March!

#EmbraceEquity - International Women's Day 2023

8 March 2023

For #IWD2023, the College's Qualitative Research Lead Sarah Tayleur reflects on the importance of inclusive and collaborative approaches in eliminating inequity for young women and girls.

Our Thoughts - The Team

15 December 2022

From organisational milestones, to new research and approaches, and further expansion of our free to access support package to the sector, it’s been quite the year at YMCA George Williams College. As we look back on all that we’ve learnt and achieved this year, we were keen for celebration to feature as part of our collective reflection. So, for this month’s ‘Our Thoughts’, we asked the team to share their own highlights of 2022. 

December Reading List

15 December 2022

For this month’s reading list, we're looking back at our favourite reads this year, and the writing that has shaped and inspired our thinking in 2022. 

Let’s talk about youth voice: why is it important?

18 November 2022

Hot off the press, this latest read shares insights from our Youth Steering Group on our new Typology of Youth Voice, and the importance of ‘good’ youth voice practice.

The Long Read: Impact Leadership in Civil Society Organisations

18 November 2022

In this long read, Director of Learning Kaz Stuart reflects on her experience supporting the recent YMCA Europe’s pilot Professional Masters in Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), and shares learning and tips on how CSOs can strengthen their impact measurement and leadership practices.

November Reading List

18 November 2022

Every month, members of the team share work that has made us think, inspired us, or piqued our interest. 

Check out our reading list for November!

Our Thoughts - Zunaira Mahmood

18 November 2022

For this month’s Our Thoughts, our Research and Projects Assistant Zunaira Mahmood reflects on learning from our evaluation into the impact of youth voice within the #iwill Fund, and how we can all strive towards better embedding youth voice practice within our work.

Black History Month 2022 - Recommended List

20 October 2022

For Black History Month, the team have curated a list on work that celebrates, embodies or shines a light on Black history, experiences, and voices.  

Black History Month Spotlight – Impact Dance

20 October 2022

In this latest blog, we spotlight our Enterprise Development Programme participants Impact Dance, and their journey in creating a dance movement which fosters inclusive environments and opportunities for young people of colour.

Creating the Youth sector’s Black History Today | Our Thoughts

19 October 2022

For ‘Our Thoughts’ and in celebration of Black History Month, Director of Programmes Sope Otulana considers the impact and value of creating a ‘Black history of the youth sector’.