Youth Workers as Community Workers
Community work and youth work are not synonymous in either practice or definition. There are important differences. However, there does seem to me to be an increasingly large area of work where mutual learning and co-operation would be of enormous benefit both to workers, and perhaps more importantly, to those people in whose interest youth workers and community workers are employed. There are, of course, a number of projects where this mutuality has been recognised and for the most part these have been neighbourhood youth work projects. It appears that the reason the value of this linkage has not been more commonly acknowledged lies in the workers’ experience of language and hence the boundaries they construct around their work. The possibility of confusion in roles occurs when one moves outside the simple associations of youth work with youth, and community work with the community, meaning adults.
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