The Story-telling in Youth Work website

A website which looks at story-telling as a way of providing evidence of the qualitative impact of youth work

What is in it? 

This website aims to support the capturing of youth work practice through a thought-out methodical approach of story-telling. It contains an explanation of the development of the story-telling approach, case studies and examples. These examples include how story-telling has been used with young participants within a youth project, by higher-education tutors and by voluntary organisations. The website also includes details of the limitations that come with the use of this methodology.

The resource is based on the idea that conversations between youth workers and young people – guided by facilitation and questioning – can capture narratives and analysis, helping to evidence and understand the value of youth work practice.

How can it help me? 

The resource states it can be used in:

  • direct work with young people, including with young volunteers;
  • organisational development through staff training, supervision and monitoring;
  • the teaching and assessment of youth and community work students in higher education;
  • project evaluation.

Who is it for? 

By being a slightly unusual resource, offering a unique angle on the impact agenda, it is potentially appropriate for anyone interested in the impact of working with young people. 

Where can I access it? 

The Story-telling in Youth Work website from the In Defence of Youth Work campaign.

What should I read next?

Read our blog by Adam Muirhead about this website, the In Defence of Youth Work campaign, and the different perspective of evidence and outcomes that this resource brings.