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Jenni Talks

By Jenni Osborn
Supporting those who support young people. In season 2 we will be exploring youth work in the covid era and beyond, talking to those who have had their whole practice turned on its head in the last year about their experiences to date and reflecting on what the world of youth work might look like going forward.
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Season 2 Episode 15: Youth Worker Wellbeing with Adam Muirhead
EXCITING NEWS for July - more details in the episode and by clicking th links below. In this second season of the podcast we have been mainly focusing on conversations with people about creating new opportunities, communities and spaces for young people & youth workers to engage with as a result of the pandemic. My book, From Isolation to Community: Youth Work in the Covid Era and Beyond captures a snapshot of what has been happening in this past year & is available now. One of my passions has been supporting those who work with young people and this was part of the aim of the book, to showcase and reflect on the work that’s happening up and down the country. I also offer mentoring for youth workers, regular sessions over a 6 month period to support youth workers in their roles, acting as a sounding board, as an encourager to make small changes or to think different things through. If you’re interested in mentoring or having conversations about the themes from the book then I am available for book clubs, for resourcing and reflecting with your team or for encouraging youth workers to consider the impact of this pandemic and how we can move forward. You can buy the book or get in touch by going to my website www.jenniosborn.organd clicking on one of the options there. This episode is a conversation with Adam Muirhead from the Trust for Community Development in Brighton. We talk about youth work and politics, the creativity and flexibility of youth workers during this past year in particular that can also lead to burnout because, for the most part, we are natural ‘helpers’ and ‘doers’. There’s something very profound about the concept of doing less, better in our work and making small changes that will have a big impact. Book your space on The Retreat by going to my Facebook page: @jennitalks and looking for the events tab or by clicking this link to the Eventbrite page https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/jenni-osborn-33475740273 You can also email me on hello@jenniosborn.org 
45:21
June 09, 2021
Season 2 Episode 14 Hot Chocolate and Young People with Charis Robertson
Hello and welcome to season 2 of the Jenni Talks podcast. In this season we are going to focus on conversations with people about creating new opportunities, communities and spaces for young people & youth workers to engage with as a result of the pandemic. My book, From Isolation to Community: Youth Work in the Covid Era and Beyond which captures a snapshot of what has been happening in this past year is available now. One of my passions has been supporting those who work with young people and this was part of the aim of the book, to showcase and reflect on the work that’s happening up and down the country. I also offer mentoring for youth workers, regular sessions over a 6 month period to support youth workers in their roles, acting as a sounding board, as an encourager to make small changes or to think different things through. If you’re interested in mentoring or having conversations about the themes from the book then I am available for book clubs, for resourcing and reflecting with your team or for encouraging youth workers to consider the impact of this pandemic and how we can move forward. You can buy the book or get in touch by going to my website www.jenniosborn.organd clicking on one of the options there. This episode is a conversation with Charis Robertson from Hot Chocolate in Dundee. They are one of the organisations which are included in the book, and I wanted to find out bit about where things are at for them right now, at a time when much of the UK is emerging from lockdown. I remember hearing about Hot Chocolate at the time that it was just beginning its work with young people. The idea of ‘meeting young people where they are at’ is one which permeates a lot of youth work, whether it’s faith based or not, and I have loved talking to many for whom it is their clarion call. The values of Hot Chocolate are unashamedly Christian, values of radical inclusion, of binding the broken hearted and of offering freedom for young people to be the truest version of themselves. It began 20 years ago with cups of hot chocolate and a listening ear, it continues with pool tables and art classes and mental health support even at a time of tight restrictions. Find Hot Chocolate on www.hotchocolate.org.uk and also on Google maps! Contact Jenni  hello@jenniosborn.org FB: www.facebook.com/jennitalks Twitter: @jenni_talks Instagram: @jenni.osborn I hope you enjoy this conversation and don’t forget to share!
27:23
May 26, 2021
Season 2 Episode 13 Faith & Doubt with Joe Davis
Hello and welcome to season 2 of the Jenni Talks podcast. In this season we are going to focus on conversations with people about creating new opportunities, communities and spaces for young people & youth workers to engage with as a result of the pandemic. My book, From Isolation to Community: Youth Work in the Covid Era and Beyond which captures a snapshot of what has been happening in this past year is available now from my website www.jenniosborn.org in either Kindle or paperback format. On my website you will find more details about mentoring and training that I offer - do get in touch if you are interested. This episode is a conversation with Joe Davies of the Mid-Faith Crisis podcast. We talk about the process of deconstruction of faith, the need for questions and doubt to be a part of faith. This is a conversation that has a personal element to it for me, having had some really difficult times wrestling with faith and beliefs that I once followed without questioning suddenly becoming the source of many questions! I know that I am not the only one and wanted to have this conversation to connect with those listening who might feel similarly, maybe you’ve reached a place of acceptance with doubt and questions, maybe you’re just at the beginning of this process, either way I agree with Joe that it’s a necessary part of life and faith. It might feel like you’re in the chrysalis, hanging on by a thread but brighter days are coming… I hope you enjoy this conversation and don’t forget to share! Get in touch with Joe  Facebook.com/midfaithcrisis  midfaithcrisis.org joe@midfaithcrisis.org Get in touch with Jenni Facebook.com/jennitalks jenniosborn.org hello@jenniosborn.org @jenni_talks
34:08
May 18, 2021
Season 2 Episode 12: Youth Work Abroad with David Bunce
Hello and welcome to season 2 of the Jenni Talks podcast. In this season we are going to focus on conversations with people about creating new opportunities, communities and spaces for young people & youth workers to engage with as a result of the pandemic. My book, From Isolation to Community: Youth Work in the Covid Era and Beyond which captures a snapshot of what has been happening in this past year is available now. In it I have recorded the stories of many people working with young people across the UK during the pandemic, we will be hearing from some of these same youth workers but also from others who I’ve come across who are doing some amazing things to engage, enable and encourage young people to really thrive despite all the restrictions that have been put on us in these pandemic times. You can buy the book by going to my website www.jenniosborn.org and clicking on one of the options there. One of my passions has been supporting those who work with young people and this was part of the aim of the book, to showcase and reflect on the work that’s happening up and down the country. I also offer mentoring for youth workers, regular sessions over a 6 month period to support youth workers in their roles, acting as a sounding board, as an encourager to make small changes or to think different things through. If you’re interested in mentoring or having conversations about the themes from the book then I am available for book clubs, for resourcing and reflecting with your team or for encouraging youth workers to consider the impact of this pandemic and how we can move forward. You can get in touch via the website. This episode is a conversation with David Bunce who has two roles, he heads up the Youth & Children’s Work in the Baptist Union in Austria as well as being a pastor of a local church in the village of Bad Ischl, near Salzburg. Church-based youth work has historically looked very different in Austria, as you’ll hear him explain. I find it fascinating having spent some time in Austria myself over a number of years, and always found myself wondering where the church is at work. It’s really encouraging to hear David’s enthusiasm, and desire to bring change whilst honouring the church’s traditions and ways of working. It’s worth highlighting the honourable mention for Margaret Pritchard Houston and her book on Children’s Spirituality called Beyond the Children’s Corner who came on this podcast a few months ago – Margaret, if you’re listening to this and can encourage your publisher to publish the book in German I know David would be hugely appreciative! I hope you enjoy this conversation and don’t forget to share! Contact details  David Bunce -  Twitter @davidbunce website www.davidbunce.com Jenni Osborn Twitter @jenni_talks Facebook www.facebook.com/jennitalks Instagram @jenni.osborn Email hello@jenniosborn.org
31:25
May 11, 2021
Season 2 Episode 11 - Hope, Community and Sanctuary with Simon Skidmore
Hello and welcome to season 2 of the Jenni Talks podcast. In this season we are going to focus on conversations with people about creating new opportunities, communities and spaces for young people & youth workers to engage with as a result of the pandemic. My book, From Isolation to Community: Youth Work in the Covid Era and Beyond which captures a snapshot of what has been happening in this past year is available now. In it I have recorded the stories of many people working with young people across the UK during the pandemic, we will be hearing from some of these same youth workers but also from others who I’ve come across who are doing some amazing things to engage, enable and encourage young people to really thrive despite all the restrictions that have been put on us in these pandemic times. You can buy the book by going to my website www.jenniosborn.org and clicking on one of the options there. One of my passions has been supporting those who work with young people and this was part of the aim of the book, to showcase and reflect on the work that’s happening up and down the country. I also offer mentoring for youth workers, regular sessions over a 6 month period to support youth workers in their roles, acting as a sounding board, as an encourager to make small changes or to think different things through. If you’re interested in mentoring or having conversations about the themes from the book then I am available for book clubs, for resourcing and reflecting with your team or for encouraging youth workers to consider the impact of this pandemic and how we can move forward. You can get in touch via the website. This episode is a conversation with Simon Skidmore, a long term youth worker who works for a church and a local council youth service. We talk about the importance of young people being involved in challenging situations, Simon is a leader with the Adventure Service Challenge Award which encourages young people to take on different tasks and complete challenges much like the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme. We also talk about how one local business man in Preston has given of his own resources to feed his community in partnership with local community groups like the church. If I was anywhere near Preston I’d be there like a shot! Simon also mentions the difficulties that young people have begun talking about to do with exams and not sitting them but still having to be tested – often without any preamble or warning, no time to revise or prepare. It’s a brief mention in this conversation but something that is a very current for the young people we are in contact with. This episode really demonstrates the importance of the three themes I talk about in the book: Hope, Community and Sanctuary. Do listen to the end section to hear what I think about the work that Simon is doing in partnership with others.  Contact Simon on families@wpmc.co.uk or simon.skidmore@warrington.gov.uk Contact Jenni on hello@jenniosborn.org FB: www.facebook.com/jennitalks Twitter: @jenni_talks Instagram: jenni.osborn
27:30
May 05, 2021
Season 2 Episode 10: The Feast - interfaith youth work
Hello and welcome to season 2 of the Jenni Talks podcast. In this season we are going to focus on conversations with people about creating new opportunities, communities and spaces for young people & youth workers to engage with as a result of the pandemic. My book, From Isolation to Community: Youth Work in the Covid Era and Beyond which captures a snapshot of what has been happening in this past year is available now. In it I have recorded the stories of many people working with young people across the UK during the pandemic, we will be hearing from some of these same youth workers but also from others who I’ve come across who are doing some amazing things to engage, enable and encourage young people to really thrive despite all the restrictions that have been put on us in these pandemic times. You can buy the book by going to my website www.jenniosborn.org and clicking on one of the options there. One of my passions has been supporting those who work with young people and this was part of the aim of the book, to showcase and reflect on the work that’s happening up and down the country. I also offer mentoring for youth workers, regular sessions over a 6 month period to support youth workers in their roles, acting as a sounding board, as an encourager to make small changes or to think different things through. If you’re interested in mentoring or having conversations about the themes from the book then I am available for book clubs, for resourcing and reflecting with your team or for encouraging youth workers to consider the impact of this pandemic and how we can move forward. You can get in touch via the website. This episode is a conversation with Ulrike from The Feast, who are an interfaith organisation based mainly in Birmingham but also have a presence in Luton. Ulrike contacted me after hearing my conversation with Adam Whiting a couple of weeks ago and offered to talk more about The Feast as she works for them and is passionate about encouraging young people and others to develop good conversational skills that create community and space for difference of opinion. These skills have always been important but it seems to me it’s more so than ever before as lines of disagreement and fracturing appear in response to some of the very significant events that we have seen played out in our media. We touch on some of these including the anti-racist movement in the wake of George Floyd’s death, Brexit and even American politics. It’s a really interesting conversation that I hope you enjoy as much as I did, perhaps you know someone else who would be interested too – do share with friends, colleagues, neighbours and family! Contact The Feast contact@thefeast.org.uk ulrike@thefeast.org.uk Guidelines for Dialogue can be found at www.thefeast.org.uk  Contact Jenni E: hello@jenniosborn.org FB: www.facebook.com/jennitalks Twit: @jenni_talks Insta: @jenni.osborn
38:40
April 28, 2021
Season 2 Episode 9 School Chaplaincy with Tim Richards
Hello and welcome to season 2 of the Jenni Talks podcast. In this season we are going to focus on conversations with people about creating new opportunities, communities and spaces for young people & youth workers to engage with as a result of the pandemic. My book, From Isolation to Community: Youth Work in the Covid Era and Beyond which captures a snapshot of what has been happening in this past year is available now. In it I have recorded the stories of many people working with young people across the UK during the pandemic, we will be hearing from some of these same youth workers but also from others who I’ve come across who are doing some amazing things to engage, enable and encourage young people to really thrive despite all the restrictions that have been put on us in these pandemic times. You can buy the book by going to my website www.jenniosborn.org and clicking on one of the options there. One of my passions has been supporting those who work with young people and this was part of the aim of the book, to showcase and reflect on the work that’s happening up and down the country. I also offer mentoring for youth workers, regular sessions over a 6 month period to support youth workers in their roles, acting as a sounding board, as an encourager to make small changes or to think different things through. If you’re interested in mentoring or having conversations about the themes from the book then I am available for book clubs, for resourcing and reflecting with your team or for encouraging youth workers to consider the impact of this pandemic and how we can move forward. You can get in touch via the website. This episode is a conversation with Tim Richards who is the chaplain at Chelsea Academy in West London which is a Church of England academy with a large intake that encompasses different faiths. We talked about the role that a chaplain holds in a school community, about how much he enjoys the conversations with young people and staff, and how it has changed because of covid. I’ll just tell you that he was on dog-looking-after duty the morning I spoke to him, so any growling or scuffling noises in the background are not Tim but the dog! I’ll also point out that for some reason, I struggled a bit through the interview to find my words. Some of you lovely listeners know that I’m a stroke survivor, I am very fortunate to have very few after effects but finding the right words at the right time is one that rears its head every now and then. You might not notice any difference, ha! But I do, and I wanted to explain… I hope you enjoy this conversation and don’t forget to share! Contact me:  Email: Hello@jenniosborn.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/jennitalks Twitter: @jenni_talks Instagram: jenni.osborn
31:27
April 21, 2021
Season 2 Episode 8: Lou Funnell & Council Commissioned Youth Work during Covid
Hello and welcome to season 2 of the Jenni Talks podcast. In this season we are going to focus on conversations with people about creating new opportunities, communities and spaces for young people & youth workers to engage with as a result of the pandemic. I have written a book called From Isolation to Community: Youth Work in the Covid Era and Beyond that is available now. In it I have recorded the stories of many people working with young people across the UK during the pandemic, we will be hearing from some of these same youth workers but also from others who I’ve come across who are doing some amazing things to engage, enable and encourage young people to really thrive despite all the restrictions that have been put on us in these pandemic times. You can buy the book by going to my website www.jenniosborn.org and clicking on one of the options there. One of my passions has been supporting those who work with young people and this was part of the aim of the book, to showcase and reflect on the work that’s happening up and down the country. I also offer mentoring for youth workers, regular sessions over a 6 month period to support youth workers in their roles, acting as a sounding board, as an encourager to make small changes or to think different things through. If you’re interested in mentoring or having conversations about the themes from the book then I am available for book clubs, for resourcing and reflecting with your team or for encouraging youth workers to consider the impact of this pandemic and how we can move forward. You can get in touch via the website. This episode is a conversation with Lou Funnell who works for a council commissioned youth organisation, she tells us about how they have began 2 new groups during lockdown and how it’s been going. Contact Lou on social media:  Instagram: @LouFunnell @BrogdaleCIC  Spotify: What's On Your Plate and Contains Caffeine Contact Jenni:  Instagram: @jenni.osborn Twitter: @jenni_talks Facebook: www.facebook.com/jennitalks
28:53
April 14, 2021
Season 2 Episode 7: Learning About Discord & Youth Work
Hello and welcome to season 2 of the Jenni Talks podcast. In this season we are going to focus on conversations with people about creating new opportunities, communities and spaces for young people & youth workers to engage with as a result of the pandemic. I have written a book called From Isolation to Community: Youth Work in the Covid Era and Beyond that is available now. In it I have recorded the stories of many people working with young people across the UK during the pandemic, we will be hearing from some of these same youth workers but also from others who I’ve come across who are doing some amazing things to engage, enable and encourage young people to really thrive despite all the restrictions that have been put on us in these pandemic times. You can buy the book by going to my website www.jenniosborn.org and clicking on one of the options there. One of my passions has been supporting those who work with young people and this was part of the aim of the book, to showcase and reflect on the work that’s happening up and down the country. I also offer mentoring for youth workers, regular sessions over a 6 month period to support youth workers in their roles, acting as a sounding board, as an encourager to make small changes or to think different things through. If you’re interested in mentoring or having conversations about the themes from the book then I am available for book clubs, for resourcing and reflecting with your team or for encouraging youth workers to consider the impact of this pandemic and how we can move forward. You can get in touch via the website. This episode is a conversation with Adam Whiting who works for St Mary’s church in Luton, he is the Youth and Young Adults Pastor. He also works with The Feast who are an interfaith organisation based in Luton. I was particularly interested in his experiences using Discord to connect with young people online and how this has worked, Adam gives a really comprehensive picture of how youth workers can use discord well with groups which I found really fascinating and hope that you’ll find it very useful indeed. The link for the Guidelines on Dialogue which is mentioned by Adam is this one https://thefeast.org.uk/resources#guidelines  I hope you enjoy this conversation and don’t forget to share! Contact Adam by email youth@stmarysluton.org  Contact Jenni Twitter: @jenni_talks Facebook: @jennitalks Email: hello@jenniosborn.org
29:48
April 07, 2021
Season 2 Episode 6 Steve Blower and Sidewalk, Scarborough
Hello and welcome to season 2 of the Jenni Talks podcast. In this season we are going to focus on conversations with people about creating new opportunities, communities and spaces for young people & youth workers to engage with as a result of the pandemic.  I have written a book called From Isolation to Community: Youth Work in the Covid Era and Beyond that is available now. In it I have recorded the stories of many people working with young people across the UK during the pandemic, we will be hearing from some of these same youth workers but also from others who I’ve come across who are doing some amazing things to engage, enable and encourage young people to really thrive despite all the restrictions that have been put on us in these pandemic times. You can buy the book by going to my website www.jenniosborn.org and clicking on one of the options there. One of my passions has been supporting those who work with young people and this was part of the aim of the book, to showcase and reflect on the work that’s happening up and down the country. I also offer mentoring for youth workers, regular sessions over a 6 month period to support youth workers in their roles, acting as a sounding board, as an encourager to make small changes or to think different things through. If you’re interested in mentoring or having conversations about the themes from the book then I am available for book clubs, for resourcing and reflecting with your team or for encouraging youth workers to consider the impact of this pandemic and how we can move forward. You can get in touch via the website. This episode is a conversation with Steve Blower from Sidewalk in Scarborough. Their story of youth work during the pandemic features in the book and it was one that really stood out to me, in particular Steve’s use of the phrase Wilderness Prophets, I found this a really powerfully positive image of young people and I’m really pleased that I’ve started to hear it a bit more widely even since this conversation was recorded. Again for this conversation I adopted the slightly different style so the next voice you’ll hear is Steve’s explaining how the need for change during the pandemic has meant they have been working much more collaboratively with other organisations and how that has impacted them as a charity. I hope you enjoy this conversation and don’t forget to share! You can contact Steve via the Sidewalk Facebook page www.facebook.com/SidewalkYouthProject or website www.sidewalk-scarborough.com You can buy his Grove Book from www.grovebooks.co.uk search for Y59 Contact me on  hello@jenniosborn.org Facebook facebook.com/jennitalks Twitter @jenni_talks Instagram jenni.osborn
28:25
March 31, 2021
Season 2 Episode 5: Worth Unlimited
Hello and welcome to season 2 of the Jenni Talks podcast. In this season we are going to focus on conversations with people about creating new opportunities, communities and spaces for young people & youth workers to engage with as a result of the pandemic. I have written a book called From Isolation to Community: Youth Work in the Covid Era and Beyond that is available now. In it I have recorded the stories of many people working with young people across the UK during the pandemic, we will be hearing from some of these same youth workers but also from others who I’ve come across who are doing some amazing things to engage, empower and encourage young people to really thrive despite all the restrictions that have been put on us in these pandemic times. You can buy the book by going to my website www.jenniosborn.org and clicking on one of the options there. One of my passions has been supporting those who work with young people and this was part of the aim of the book, to showcase and reflect on the work that’s happening up and down the country. I also offer mentoring for youth workers, regular sessions over a 6 month period to support youth workers in their roles, acting as a sounding board, as an encourager to make small changes or to think different things through. If you’re interested in mentoring or having conversations about the themes from the book then I am available for book clubs, for resourcing and reflecting with your team or for encouraging youth workers to consider the impact of this pandemic and how we can move forward. You can get in touch via the website. This episode is a conversation with Matt Perry from Worth Unlimited who have different youth work projects in different communities around the UK. I asked him about how Worth Unlimited have fared during covid, including what the challenges have been for him as national director. We also talked about the latest campaign called Get Up and Gold, which is recognising that young people are often treated in a very negative way. Certainly throughout these pandemic times we have watched young people be overlooked or dismissed or worse punished as in the case of the exam results chaos of last summer. So Worth Unlimited are keen to stand in solidarity with young people, to showcase where young people are being talked of positively and to demonstrate that young people are worth their weight in gold. Contact details www.worthunlimited.co.uk to register for the Get Up and Gold challenge  You can find Jenni on Facebook @jennitalks Twitter @jenni_talks Instagram jenni.osborn Don't forget to share this episode with those who you think will enjoy it and thanks.
36:58
March 24, 2021
The Concrete Academy - CPD for Youth Workers in the Church
Hello and welcome to season 2 of the Jenni Talks podcast. In this season we are going to focus on conversations with people about creating new opportunities, communities and spaces for young people & youth workers to engage with as a result of the pandemic. I have written a book called From Isolation to Community: Youth Work in the Covid Era and Beyond that is available now. In it I have recorded the stories of many people working with young people across the UK during the pandemic, we will be hearing from some of these same youth workers but also from others who I’ve come across who are doing some amazing things to engage, empower and encourage young people to really thrive despite all the restrictions that have been put on us in these pandemic times. You can buy the book by going to my website www.jenniosborn.org and clicking on one of the options there. One of my passions has been supporting those who work with young people and this was part of the aim of the book, to showcase and reflect on the work that’s happening up and down the country. I also offer mentoring for youth workers, regular sessions over a 6 month period to support youth workers in their roles, acting as a sounding board, as an encourager to make small changes or to think different things through. If you’re interested in mentoring or having conversations about the themes from the book then I am available for book clubs, for resourcing and reflecting with your team or for encouraging youth workers to consider the impact of this pandemic and how we can move forward. You can get in touch via the website. This episode is a conversation with James and Mike of the Concrete Academy, a NEW faith-based youth ministry leadership course, something I think we’ve been needing to see in youth ministry circles for a while now. Not only is this idea something that is much needed in youth min world but also it was born during the covid pandemic, making it very much a new opportunity for youth workers in the faith sector to engage with as a result of the pandemic. I hope you enjoy hearing from Mike & James, and if you know anyone who might be interested in the Concrete Academy, do share it with them. You can get in touch with James & Mike via Twitter @ConcreteAcademy  Thanks for listening Get in touch:  jennitalks@gmail.com @jenni_talks on Twitter @jennitalks on Facebook jenni.osborn on Instagram
26:37
March 18, 2021
Season 2 Episode 3 Young People and Careers
Hello and welcome to season 2 of the Jenni Talks podcast. In this season we are going to focus on conversations with people about creating new opportunities, communities and spaces for young people and young people to engage with as a result of the pandemic. I have written a book called From Isolation to Community: Youth Work in the Covid Era and Beyond that is available now. In it I have recorded the stories of many people working with young people across the UK during the pandemic, we will be hearing from some of these same youth workers but also from others who I’ve come across who are doing some amazing things to engage, empower and encourage young people to really thrive despite all the restrictions that have been put on us in these pandemic times. You can buy the book by going to my website www.jenniosborn.org and clicking on one of the options there. One of my passions has been supporting those who work with young people and this was part of the aim of the book, to showcase and reflect on the work that’s happening up and down the country. I also offer mentoring for youth workers, regular sessions over a 6 month period to support youth workers in their roles, acting as a sounding board, as an encourager to make small changes or to think different things through. If you’re interested in mentoring or having conversations about the themes from the book then I am available for book clubs, for resourcing and reflecting with your team or for encouraging youth workers to consider the impact of this pandemic and how we can move forward. Do get in touch on Jennitalks@gmail.com This episode is a conversation with Bernie, author and Director of Innovative Enterprise and National Careers Week. We talk about students and careers, in particular National Careers Week which happened last week. Bernie is passionate about young entrepreneurs, especially as we emerge from Covid which has made big changes to the employment and careers landscape. He does a good job of describing the way life has a habit of throwing out random opportunities which we haven’t planned for and which often form part of our life journey. The sound fluctuates a little during this episode, I hope this doesn’t get in the way of Bernie’s overall message. This episode comes with a bit of a competition, particularly if you are listening in the week of its release. I will be giving away a copy of my book From Isolation to Community AND a copy of Bernie’s book The Ladder. You’ll need to share this episode and like one of the posts on social media in order to be in with a chance of winning. I hope you enjoy this conversation with Bernie as much as I did!
29:59
March 10, 2021
Season 2 Episode 2: West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Youth Interventions Team
Hello and welcome to season 2 of the Jenni Talks podcast, From Isolation to Community. In this season we are going to focus on conversations with people about creating new communities and spaces for young people to engage with as a result of the pandemic. I have written a book called From Isolation to Community: Youth Work in the Covid Era and Beyond that is available now. In it I have recorded the stories of many people working with young people across the UK during the pandemic, we will be hearing from some of these same youth workers but also from others who I’ve come across who are doing some amazing things to engage, empower and encourage young people to really thrive despite all the restrictions that have been put on us in these pandemic times. You can buy the book by going to my website www.jenniosborn.org and clicking on one of the options there. One of my passions has been supporting those who work with young people and this was part of the aim of the book, to showcase and reflect on the work that’s happening up and down the country. I also offer mentoring for youth workers, regular sessions over a 6 month period to support youth workers in their roles, acting as a sounding board, as an encourager to make small changes or to think different things through. If you’re interested in mentoring or having conversations about the themes from the book then I am available for book clubs, for resourcing and reflecting with your team or for encouraging youth workers to consider the impact of this pandemic and how we can move forward. Do get in touch on Jennitalks@gmail.com This episode is a conversation with one of the youth work organisations that feature in the book: the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Youth Interventions Team. Charlie contacted me when she saw a plea on Facebook! I was so taken with what they are doing, my own roots are in intervention work in schools so I immediately recognised the value of what they have been doing and the creativity involved in taking a very hands on approach to moving their work online during the pandemic. These guys are one of only a few organisations who have found success in using video calling to build group relationships and dynamics, finding that it really works for the young people who come to them. I hope you enjoy this and share the joy with others too!
30:01
March 03, 2021
Season 2 Episode 1 An Introduction to From Isolation to Community
Welcome to season 2 of the Jenni Talks podcast, From Isolation to Community.  In this season we are going to focus on conversations with people about creating new communities and spaces for young people to engage with as a result of the pandemic. I have written a book called From Isolation to Community: Youth Work in the Covid Era and Beyond that is available now. In it I have recorded the stories of many people working with young people across the UK during the pandemic, we will be hearing from some of these same youth workers but also from others who I’ve come across who are doing some amazing things to engage, empower and encourage young people to really thrive despite all the restrictions that have been put on us in these pandemic times. You can buy the book on Amazon, you can search for Jenni Osborn From Isolation to Community and it should come up! Or click this link https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08VNCSK4Z  One of my passions has been supporting those who work with young people and this was part of the aim of the book, to showcase and reflect on the work that’s happening up and down the country. I also offer mentoring for youth workers, regular sessions over a 6 month period to support youth workers in their roles, acting as a sounding board, as an encourager to make small changes or to think different things through. If you’re interested in mentoring or having conversations about the themes from the book then I am available for book clubs, for resourcing and reflecting with your team or for encouraging youth workers to consider the impact of this pandemic and how we can move forward.  Do get in touch on Jennitalks@gmail.com you can also find me: Facebook - @jennitalks Twitter - @jenni_talks This episode is an introduction to the themes of the book, I was interviewed by my friend and business coach Will Taylor for his podcast, The Good Enough Project and decided this would make a good introduction for this new season of the Jenni Talks podcast too. So you’ll hear Will asking me the questions this time! While you listen, why not think about who might be really encouraged by listening to this episode and share the link with them? Big thanks to Will for the audio for this intro - hope you enjoy it.
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February 24, 2021
Parenting in difficult circumstances
I talk to Christelle Lerryn about life with three boys and how they have coped during some very difficult and challenging circumstances. I hope that this will encourage and uplift those of you who listen, and if it does, do share it with others!  We touch on abusive relationships and trauma therapy, but we also talk about the importance of getting yourself the help you need, of listening to those around you and of hope and love! Christelle and I have been friends for about a year and she is someone who really radiates love and hope, she has such a positive approach to life, even in difficult circumstances and I'm really happy to be able to share some of this with you lovely listeners.  The show we mention that Christelle has done with her therapist Mike Phillips can be found here  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwR8ewhGplg&ab_channel=OhNoNotAnotherLiveShow (copy and paste if it doesn't create a link) As promised, the helpline numbers are here: the Samaritans are an amazing helpline which you can call at any time if you need to talk to someone who will listen, their number in the UK is 116123. In the USA you can call the SAMHSA helpline which is 1-800-662-HELP (4357) (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) If you would like to get in touch with me - and I'd love to hear from you! Then you can find me on  Email jennitalks@gmail.com Facebook @jennitalks   Twitter @jenni_talks
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February 03, 2021
Working with Autistic Children and Young People - Lynn McCann
Lynn and her team work in schools to support autistic children, teachers and also parents. We talk about translating hope, working in schools during the covid era and putting training online.  ReachOutASC are putting on a FREE conference which is 9th - 12th February 'Getting it Right', you can find more details about this on their website www.reachoutasc.com I would really recommend getting involved if you have autistic children or young people in your family or class or youth group. This is the link http://www.gettingitright.live/?sc=DeLY2wAw&ac=1TxL5lKV  My book 'From Isolation to Community: youth work in the covid era' is out on Monday 1st Feb in ebook format from Amazon. Telling the story of youth work in the covid era, across many different contexts, from Woodcraft Folk, through long-term detached projects to faith-based youth ministry. This is a book for anyone in youth work wanting to learn from our covid experiences and figure out what we need to focus on as we go into an uncertain future. Print copies will be available at a later date, if you would like a printed copy please let me know on email Jennitalks@gmail.com or on social media.
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January 27, 2021
The Outward Bound Trust
In this episode I talk to Natalie Harling from The Outward Bound Trust about the work have been doing during Covid to support young people and those around them including teachers. They are doing some fantastic work that’s very different to what they used to but still very much in keeping with their mission to which is “to inspire young people to defy their limitation so they become strong, resilient and curious, ready for the challenges of life.” Their website is www.outwardbound.org.uk– do go and have a look to see what they are currently offering to schools in their local area. If you want to get in touch with me please email me on jennitalks@gmail.com or go to the website www.jenniosborn.org My book, From Isolation to Community: Youth Work in the Covid Era and Beyond is due out on 29th Jan 2021. It will be available in e-book format from Amazon initially, with printed copies to follow. If you would like to pre-order a printed copy please let me know!
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January 20, 2021
Surviving Lockdown 3 With A Little Help from my Friends
It's January 2021 and after several weeks of dithering, the UK Government have declared another national lockdown this time including schools.  We're 10 months into the pandemic and although vaccines are in our news everyday, the current situation makes it feel like we haven't moved on at all. Add to that, where March 2020 was warm and sunny, January 2021 is cold, dark and wet. In March 2020 the mood was optimistic and compliant, in January 2021 the national mood is much more varied and covers a wide range of opinion about what is actually happening and what we should be doing about it.   So, how are we going to survive a third lockdown in a month that is usually long, dark, cold and wet? I asked a few friends to help me out with this episode, so instead of a conversation between me and a guest (or 2!) you'll hear a collection of different voices with different ideas to offer as well as some words from me that will hopefully help!  Don't forget to share it with others or get in touch and let me know what you liked! The email is Jennitalks@gmail.com, we're on Twitter as @jenni_talks and on Facebook as @jennitalks  I'm writing a book on youth work in the covid era and I will let you know when it's available as well as where you can find it. In the meantime, if you'd like to buy my Grove Book on Mental Health and Young People you can do that from www.grovebooks.co.uk search for Y56.
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January 13, 2021
Working with Refugee Young People - a conversation with James Aldred
James has an extraordinary story of seeing hope, love and trust amidst destruction and oppression in the refugee camps in Calais and Dunkirk. His journey back to faith and realisation that God is at work in even the most humble of circumstances is inspiring and fascinating to listen to.  His plea for 2021 to be a year of welcome without fear and with great love is significant and will stay with me in the coming weeks and months.  If you'd like to get in touch you can do so via Twitter @jenni_talks or Facebook @jennitalks or by email jennitalks@gmail.com  I'm writing a book about youth work in the covid era and looking forward to giving you more details about publishing dates and how you can buy imn the near future! In the meantime if you would like to buy my Grove booklet on Mental Health and Young People do go to www.grovebooks.co.uk and serach for Y56. 
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January 06, 2021
The Christmas Dinners Project - Mary McGuigan
The one where I talk to Mary McGuigan about the Christmas Dinners project in Manchester, it is one of 18 Christmas Dinners happening across the country this year, having grown from a base of just 2.  This project blows me away because it is entirely volunteer run and all about giving young people who have been in care a Christmas experience that is special. Even this year 2020, when people cannot gather, when Christmas will look very different for all of us, even in the midst of this not only have they been able to make a plan that still encourages the young people to feel part of something very special but also the project has been inundated with volunteers. It warms my heart and I hope it will yours too.  Do look up their website and if your Christmas plans have changed and you'll now be on your own, why not see if there's a project happening near you that you might be able to get involved! http://thechristmasdinners.org.uk/ 
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December 23, 2020
Being Interrupted with Al & Ruth
The one where I talk to Al Barrett and Ruth Harley about their excellent book Being Interrupted. We talk about the big themes covered in the book, about patriarchy, race and class and their impact not only on society as a whole but also in the church. We also talk about Christmas and how this year the longing and hoping that Advent is always about might actually feel more real to us, and where we might look to find hope in these times of despair and confusion.  Do buy the book, it's a brilliant read, not terribly comfortable at times but highly recommended. You can get it from here: https://scmpress.hymnsam.co.uk/books/9780334058625/being-interrupted If you want to get in touch with me please do so by email Jennitalks@gmail.com or on Twitter @jenni_talks 
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December 16, 2020
Listen Threads with Janey & Chloe
The one where I talk to Janey Barrett and Chloe Latham, co-founders of Listen Threads, a social enterprise which produces high quality fashion items created using ethically sourced materials. Sales support the work of Listen Threads who are empowering young women in the Birmingham and Solihull area. You can buy from them here: www.listenthreads.com and they are on Instagram as @listenthreads If you want to contact me please email me on jennitallks@gmail.com or on Twitter as @jenni_talks
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December 09, 2020
Young People and Career Choices - STEM
In this episode I talk to Jacqui Hanbury, STEM ambassador and Engineer about the opportunities available to young people in the engineering world. Jacqui's work often brings her into contact with young people who have not necessarily considered engineering as a career path, and she is involved in opening that door a little so that they might catch a glimpse of a different type of career than they had previously envisaged.  At the current time, when the future feels so precarious and unknowable, to be encouraged and empowered to look into a career which will allow you to be you, whilst doing a job that you enjoy is a powerful thing! As usual the social links are all here:  @jenni_talks on Twitter @jennitalks on Facebook jennitalks@gmail.com and if you are interested in buying my Grove Book on Mental Health and Young People go to their website www.grovebooks.co.uk and search for Y56
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December 02, 2020
Beyond the Children's Corner with Margaret Pritchard Houston
In this episode I talk to Margaret Pritchard Houston about her new book 'Beyond the Children's Corner', I loved the book and the conversation with Margaret, the whole conversation really resonated with much of my own experience as a Mum of young children and teenagers in church!  Enjoy... Beyond the Children's Corner is a practical handbook to help churches become more welcoming to children and families in worship. It encourages PCCs and ministry teams to reflect on the spiritual needs of children, the pastoral needs of families, and how to remove barriers and manage change effectively. Based on multiple training sessions and extensive casework, informed by research by the Church of England's Life Events team and the Methodist Church, it explores: * The changing needs of modern families; * What tells you it's time for change; * 'Quick wins' to make the worship space more welcoming and spiritually imaginative; * Engaging children in spiritually nourishing worship; * Children and contemplative worship - what to do about noise; * Building and sustaining relationships with families and children. Many books on All-Age Worship focus the service itself. Beyond the Children's Corner explores how children and adults can be truly integrated as the church community, covering parents' perspectives, the church building and the challenge of change as well as what happens in worship. Margaret Pritchard Houston is the Children's Mission Enabler for the Diocese of St Albans, and a former parish Children's and Families Worker. She has written for the Church Times, Premier Youth and Childrenswork, and elsewhere, and is the author of "There is a Season: celebrating the church year with children" and "Beyond the Children's Corner: creating a culture of welcome for all ages." When not working, she can be found doing amateur dramatics (outside of pandemic times), trapped under cats, or over on Twitter at @HoustonMargaret You can find me, Jenni on Facebook @Jennitalks, Instagram @jenni.osborn and new Twitter account @jenni_talks You can also email me if you'd like to be on the podcast: JenniTalks@gmail.com
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November 26, 2020
Mental Health in Lockdown with Rachael Newham
Rachael is the founder of mental health charity Think Twice and author of the book Learning To Breathe. We have been friends for a number of years and so I asked her to come on the show with me. We talk about the impact of lockdown on the mental health of young people and adults alike.  We talk a little about eating disorders, the effects of trauma and how to support our young people. The online platforms Rachael mentions are here:  www.youngminds.org.uk www.samaritans.org www.giveusashout.org Shout 85258 is the UK's first free, confidential, 24/7 text support service. It's a place to go if you're struggling to cope and need mental health support. www.childline.org.uk www.nspcc.org.uk You can find Rachael at www.thinktwiceinfo.org and also on Facebook and Twitter as Rachael Writes If you'd like to be involved in this podcast please contact me on jennitalks@gmail.com You can also find me at www.jenniosborn.org  FB: @jennitalks Twitter: @jenni_talks Insta: jenni.osborn If you're interested in buying my book on Mental Health and Young People you can do that here: www.grovebooks.co.uk search for Y56
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November 17, 2020
Mr Hugley in Lockdown with Suzi and Joy
The one in which I talk to Mother and Daughter team Suzi and Joy about how they spent their time in lockdown trying to make people from all over the UK smile through the different antics of Mr Hugley, an enormous teddy bear who has got up to some really fun adventures on their front lawn during the lockdown period up to June of this year.  The conversation was recorded before England went into a second lockdown in November, so now Mr Hugley is still posting his adventures on Facebook and Instagram. Search for Mr Hugley in Lockdown to find him! If you'd like to get involved on the podcast please get in touch with me on jennitalks@gmail.com My website is www.jenniosborn.org for support for those working with young people in either mentoring or training.  You can buy my Grove Book on Mental Health and Young People at www.grovebooks.co.uk serach for Y56 Thanks for listening!
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November 11, 2020
Youth Worker Wellbeing with Andy Campbell
Andy is a long term youth worker and coach who is passionate about mental health in youth work, not only for young people but also youth workers. We discuss youth worker wellbeing and mental health in pandemic times, recorded before the recent lockdown announcement. He runs a coaching organisation called Qawah coaching, you can find them here https://qawah.co.uk/ They run Mental Health First Aid courses as well as training in wellbeing and one-to-one coaching. You can find Andy on his coaching website but also on LinkedIn (Andy Campbell) and Twitter (@4gone_Confusion). Get in touch with me JenniTalks@gmail.comor take a look at my website www.jenniosborn.org Buy my book on Mental Health & Young People from this site www.grovebooks.co.uk search for Y56
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November 04, 2020
Children & Young People with Additional Needs and Disability with Mark Arnold
Mark and I chat about how to support those who live with children or young people with additional needs or disability: parents, siblings, grandparents, the whole family. I read time and time again about churches or communities where families have been asked to leave because, for example, their child with autism cannot keep still or quiet at the right times. This is unacceptable and especially in the church we should be doing better.  Listen as Mark and I discuss how to begin conversations that are inclusive and life-giving to families who are supporting those with additional needs or disability. To get in touch with me please email me Jennitalks@gmail.com You can also find me on facebook as @JenniTalks and on my website www.jenniosborn.org If you’d like to buy my Grove Book on Mental Health & Young people you can do so here www.grovebooks.co.uk, search for edition Y56.
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November 02, 2020
Jenni Talks... Mental health & young people
The one where I talk to Tim Leeson and critically reflect on youth work and youth ministry in the church. We cover topics like how power and empowerment of young people clash, discussing new ways of thinking about mental health and wellbeing and the difference between young people and people! Tim hosts The General's Speech podcast and this episode will be going out on the same day on both podcasts! You can be part of this show by emailing Jennitalks@gmail.com or check out my website www.jenniosborn.org for information on training and mentoring for youth workers. My book titled Mental Health & Young People is available from www.grovebooks.co.uk search for Y56. Thanks for listening!
54:60
October 23, 2020
Jenni Talks... Everbody Now
Everybody Now Climate Emergency and Sacred Duty We’ve caused a turning point in the Earth’s natural history. Everybody Now is a podcast about what it means to be human on the threshold of a global climate emergency, in a time of systemic injustice and runaway pandemics. Scientists, activists, farmers, poets, and theologians talk bravely and frankly about how our biosphere is changing, about grief and hope in an age of social collapse and mass extinction, and about taking action against all the odds. On 19th October 2020, Everybody Now is being released by podcasters all over the world as a collective call for awareness, grief and loving action. With contributions from: Dr. Gail Bradbrook - scientist and co-founder of Extinction Rebellion Prof. Kevin Anderson - Professor of Energy and Climate Change at the University of Manchester Dámaris Albuquerque - works with agricultural communities in Nicaragua Dr. Rowan Williams - theologian and poet, and a former Archbishop of Canterbury Pádraig Ó Tuama - poet, theologian and conflict mediator Rachel Mander - environmental activist with Hope for the Future John Swales - priest and activist, and part of a community for marginalised people Zena Kazeme - Persian-Iraqi poet who draws on her experiences as a former refugee to create poetry that explores themes of exile, home, war and heritage Flo Brady - singer and theatre maker Hannah Malcolm - Anglican ordinand, climate writer and organiser Alastair McIntosh - writer, academic and land rights activist David Benjamin Blower - musician, poet and podcaster Funding and Production: This podcast was crowdfunded by a handful of good souls, and produced by Tim Nash and David Benjamin Blower Permissions: The song Happily by Flo Brady is used with permission. The song The Soil, from We Really Existed and We Really Did This by David Benjamin Blower, used with permission. The Poem The Tree of Knowledge by Pádraig Ó Tuama used with permission. The Poem Atlas by Zena Kazeme used with permission. The Poem What is Man? by Rowan Williams from the book The Other Mountain, used with permission from Carcanet Press.
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October 19, 2020
Jenni Talks... Burnout in church based youth work
The one in which I talk to Tim Gough from YouthWorkHacks.com about the way youth workers in churches often leave their post or their church after a short term. If you are a church based youth worker who would like support to change your working practices in order to avoid burnout then do get in touch with me via the website www.jenniosborn.org or direct by email hello@jenniosborn.org
21:19
October 14, 2020
Jenni Talks... Schools work during lockdown
Joe Lowther of Kick and I chat about the work that Kick does in schools and in particular what their experience was during lockdown. To find out more about them do go to their website Kick.org.uk then the links I mention in the introduction are Grovebooks.co.uk (search y56 for my book on Mental Health & Young People or browse through their collections) and my newly launched website jenniosborn.org where you can find more information about what I do and how I might be able to help you.
33:48
October 07, 2020
Jenni Talks... The Impact of Shame on Young People and Youth Workers
The one in which Sally Nash & I talk about how carrying shame can shape lives from a young age, how it causes a duality of living in two different states, and what some of the ways are of overcoming the Impact.
22:15
September 30, 2020
Jenni Talks... Making meaningful connections online
In this episode I talk to Will Taylor, therapist, counselor and coach about how he had had to adapt his work with young people and youth workers to suit an online model. You can find Will by going to willtaylor.online across various platforms. You can contact me on JenniTalks@gmail.com or @jennitalks on Facebook or Jenni.Osborn on Instagram.
30:56
September 23, 2020
Jenni Talks... Acting & Psychology
This is an interview I recorded with actor, writer, producer Scot Williams in the middle of August. Scot is my cousin so our conversation ranges over his work, his interest in psychology and learning about family trauma and our shared family history. CW: alcoholism and abuse in families.
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September 16, 2020
Jenni Talks Bereavement & Loss
The one where I talk to Peta O'Brien-Day about her work with young people and how that prepared her for the death of her husband. We talk about the importance of good communication with those around us about bereavement & loss as well as hearing how life has changed for Peta.
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September 11, 2020
Jenni Talks... Going back to school
In this episode I talk to Ali Campbell about the impact of lockdown on youth & children's work in church, we chat about how we parents and/or youth workers can help as school starts back again after the hiatus and what might be key for young people themselves to remember.
30:46
September 04, 2020
Jenni Talks... Supporting Young People in Difficult Times
In this episode I talk to Hansa, founder of Holding Space which supports parents, carers and children experiencing mental illness. Hansa and I met a few years ago and I have been profoundly inspired and amazed at her dogged determination to fill this crucial gap of offering a listening ear and signposting parents and others to different services and organisations that can offer additional support for when a family finds themselves dealing with mental illness.  You can find Holding Space on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/Eastbourneholdingspace/ Do get in touch, join in with one of the sessions they are offering or request a supportive telephone call. 
27:38
August 26, 2020
Introducing Jenni Talks
The one which introduces Jenni and this podcast Jenni Talks... Find out what to expect and how to get in touch.
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August 17, 2020
August 15, 2020
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August 15, 2020