Thursday, August 31, 2017

When you haven't any single person you could call your own.

"To be honest, I knew its absolutely difficult life for me, 
especially when you haven't any single person you could call your own. 
Except for my wife and son, 
no one even exists.  
But I've always still hope that in God's name, 
I'll survive. 
All shall someday come to pass hopefully."

I received this in an email from a man trapped in the UK - 
living in a YMCA Hostel and having a tough time

He is a Moslem
we share about faith things
he is an asylum seeker rejected by his own country
separated from wife and children

I think wisdom comes to me from working

 - being - becoming ……. 
with people who are at the bottom. 
The underside of life.
The weeping with them
feeling their pain
feeling their trapped-pit-oppression.

That makes me yearn for empathy and understanding and solutions .........

Also I read stuff  about

i drink music
I love people

when I mix with the likes of you - you special human
Beautiful Human
You give me a reason to be forever searching and yearning


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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This is great stuff on the 'man-up' issues. 12 UK men committed suicide every year .....

This is great stuff on the 'man-up' issues.
12 UK men committed suicide every year and I am always thirsty to journey into managing emotions - I facilitate learning of all this stuff in my training days.

This says so much.
I will cut bits out of this & then use in little sections for humans to reflect on = that's how we all learn. Have listen. Especially men.

Legs apart, arms by their sides,fists clenching and unclenching, jaws tight and ..... hostility on legs ...

A Youth Work experience.
I am, more than anything else, a Youth Worker.
'Informal Educator' it’s sometimes called.

My experiences have been working in a 
Young Offenders Unit
Youth Clubs
Street - detached Youth Work
any informal context conducting::
Group Work - Developmental group work
Residential Units / Care Leavers / Addiction and Behavioural needs.

I want to share an encounter.
This was a Youth Club evening …………..

The boys were outside...
..... kicking the Youth Club door again.
They were on a suspension from club.
Only a week before they had reached a peak of violence.
They had been smashing numerous car windows and stealing from them.
They then steamed the club swinging iron bars and broken snooker cues.
Then six of them had acquired a scaffold pole and rammed it with force at my office window right next to the front entrance.
All our windows are made of unbreakable glass 

(it was either board them up and live in darkness, or grill them up and create an environment of hostility and defence – 
or this type of unbreakable glass).

It wasn’t therefore the window that broke but the frame had smashed and splintered as the glass bent to allow the metal pole through.
I was upset about ‘Gloria’ my canary! Gloria was caged in my office
and was hit resulting her in flying through my office still in her cage.
She survived.

Now the boys were back outside again, eight of them.
I went out to face the hostility while the club door was locked behind me.
They were only sixteen/seventeen years of age but I faced a barrage of all sorts of abuse and questioning.
Legs apart, arms by their sides,fists clenching and unclenching, jaws tight and teeth prominent, the leaders of the group were frustrated and angry.

I could have stayed with my back to the closed club door and facing them standing my ground. 
That is what I felt like doing. 
It was much harder to wander across the pavement towards them,
through the group of them 
to the kerb some fifteen feet away. 
I felt I had to, though. 

Still chatting in a warm but firm way, I bent down, feet in the gutter and bum on the kerb. 
The boys had moved with me, 
still slagging me off. 
Circling me and kicking stones around with aggression. 

I picked up the pebbles from the gutter and flicked them across the road with my thumb. I felt my back vulnerable as they moved around me like restless wolves.

Before long, however, I was joined in the gutter by one, and then two, until most sat in a line talking while the others crouched in the road facing me, 
only moving when cars were going past. 
We chatted on – and the words became friendlier 
and the conversation more positive – 
that leads into another story, but…

The analysis of this was – I had deliberately taken a non-aggressive body posture. 
I had made myself vulnerable, very hard to do under such circumstances 
(my trained mind told me to do it, my emotions were telling me to run in and slam the door or at least keep my back protected). 

The boys had ‘paced’ me and had followed me into a non-aggressive posture. They had a limited repertoire in dealing with conflict – ‘Fight or flight’ – i.e. fight your way out of aggro – or, if well down the pecking order – damn well run!

I have a larger repertoire and was able to think alongside my strange emotions and decide on how best to steer the situation, 
morally, developmentally, relationally verbally, and non-verbally. 
Emotional Management which I have had to learn to cope.
Emotional Intelligence in real life.

Reading and understanding body language 
isn’t just an interesting subject 
in a hostile environment 
it can be dangerous not to........

Most of all
I love them
I feel deep empathy
I hurt with/for them.
I wanted to develop relationship with each one.

An extract from
'Gutter Feelings'
my first book
New re-published and extended
View or buy here Paperback or Download

BACK-TO-SCHOLL for Teachers and the Mental Health agenda is big. Blob Tree DOWNLOADS

There are many more Blob Materials - 
a whole collection - 
not only the Blob Tree.
There are many topics/issues/activities/sports/TREES - 
this one is the
Blob Mental Health Tree


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

BlobTree materials for learning & development - fitness - whole-health - mental health COMMUNICATION TOOLS

Unless all of us learn social & emotional awareness & skills - 
the rest of education is almost a waste ………… 

The Blobs can work wonders in all aspects of communication

British children as among the least active in the world - obesity start young.

Last week, Public Health England said 6 million middle-aged adults in England take less than 10 minutes’ brisk exercise a month, risking their health. But when does the problem start? It seems the answer is “very young”. Last year, a damning international study portrayed British children as among the least active in the world. Despite government guidelines urging parents to ensure their offspring do at least an hour of moderate-intensity exercise every day, compared with 38 other nations including Venezuela and Slovenia, England and Wales are currently third-worst in the list – with Scotland at the bottom. Only 22% of boys aged 11 to 15 manage the recommended amounts of daily exercise, and just 15% of girls.

But while active childhoods can have many obvious short-term benefits, including reducing the rates of obesity – the latest figures suggest that nearly 20% of 10- to 11-year-olds in England are obese – the little we know of the long-term benefits point towards exercise being even more crucial than we might already assume.
Denmark and Sweden, which have long been interested in the link between childhood physical activity and achievements in later life, have markedly less prevalence of metabolic-related conditions in children. Researchers examined a database containing the fitness records of 1.2 million Swedish men born between 1950 and 1976, on entry into military service at 18. They then traced their subsequent progress through life, and found that cardiovascular fitness appeared to be predictive of cognition in middle age. In other words, the more exercise they had done during adolescence, the more likely they were to be successful professionally.
Neuroscientists believe there are a number of reasons for this. Studies show that doing enough physical activity to improve cardiorespiratory fitness in childhood is directly related to the structure and function of the developing brain, especially regions such as the hippocampus, which is involved in memory, and the prefrontal cortex, which does not complete its formation until your early 20s.
“The developing brain in specific regions appears to be particularly amenable to exercise,” says Charles Hillman, professor of kinesiology and community health at the University of Illinois. “The development of the prefrontal cortex is involved in our ability to think, reason and commit purposeful action based on thought and not impulse. In everyday life, it is crucial in our ability to lead successful and healthy lives. Exercise increases metabolic demand and, in response, the brain increases angiogenesis – building more capillary beds to transport blood and oxygen to different regions. It also increases the formation of synapses between neurons, increasing the ability of different parts of the brain to talk to each other.”
These benefits can be observed in MRI scans showing the blood flow to various parts of the brain, and the levels of a variety of chemicals involved in the strength and health of neurons. The data available suggests the neuroprotective qualities of exercise are present throughout life, with individuals in their 60s and 70s who exercise having a lower risk factor of developing Alzheimer’s disease. As such, scientists believe that one of the lasting benefits of exercising early in life is actually psychological.
“There’s a strong tendency for childhood exercise to have a positive influence,” says Ted Garland, professor of biology at the University of California. “Those who have grown up doing regular exercise are more motivated to get out there and exercise as adults. This could be linked to the effect of exercise on the brain’s reward-feedback loops. We know that exercise increases the levels of neurotransmitters such as dopamine and, to an extent, serotonin, and that has a kick-back effect on motivation that persists for quite a lot of time.”
But one of the most fascinating, and newly discovered benefits of childhood exercise is one hidden inside our skeletons. Studies have found that bones retain a “memory” of early-life exercise before the onset of puberty that lasts long after the exercise has ceased, and provides health benefits even in a relatively sedentary adulthood.
“If you look at children who begin intense exercise very early in life – for example children whose parents get them involved in tennis or gymnastics – this induces a pattern of changes in the way their genes express themselves which stays with them for many years,” says Professor Elwyn Firth of the University of Auckland’s department of exercise sciences. “There are big differences in their bone mass, density and mineral content compared to those who haven’t done that exercise. Even if the exercise ceases in adulthood, these differences persist for 10 years or more, especially if the exercise began before puberty.”
As well as making those individuals less prone in later life to bone diseases such as osteoporosis, these changes also have implications on the way food is processed, in particular, high-fat diets. Our bones are far more involved in energy metabolism than we might think, and the gene expression changes induced by early-life exercise affect a variety of pathways that alter the body’s inflammatory response to a high-calorie diet. These changes are retained in the bone marrow into adulthood, making those children less susceptible to inflammatory-related diseases such as diabetes and cancer when adult.
Scientists have found evidence of exercise-related benefits even earlier in life, passed on by mothers who exercise during pregnancy, or even prior to conception. “Given that the mother is sharing her circulation with the offspring, all kinds of changes are passed on in terms of hormone levels or blood lipid levels, all of which affect the energy storage, oxygen capacity and muscle health of the child at birth,” says Garland. “This has an impact on their natural ability to exercise, but also perhaps on their motivation to exercise at a subsconscious level. This will then go on to benefit them throughout life.”
Such are the wide-ranging benefits of exercise in childhood that scientists are desperately trying to reinforce the message of its importance. “Physical activity in humans in general is rapidly declining and looks set to get worse,” says Hillman. “Every chance we have to promote it is good for our health, the economy, the planet, everything really.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Every now and again I post about my availability as a Trainer - Life Coach - find out more?

I conduct training and facilitation
I work with Teams
I work with Young People 
I work with Hostel Residents
I work with Board Members
I work with Counsellors 
I work with Psychotherapists
I work with Schools
I work with Universities 
Church Groups
Social Workers
Faith Leaders
Youth Workers
Prison Staff

SEE here 
It tells you more about me and how I may be able to assist you in 2017


SMOKING = Self-Harm at it's tragic worst.

It is Festival Fete Beach Garden time here in the UK sun

Sunday, August 27, 2017

The Mash Report - Northeners VIDEO


My observation of sheep.


FOOTBALL SEASON AGAIN ZZZZZZ #RugbyLeague keeps me alive.

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SINGING WITH U2 - ONE 'we get to carry each other' & these humans did this for me with great results

Childhood PLAY is good for adults too .....................

struggling with their mental health ... I'm OK - Your'e OK

Destiny Blue uses her creative talents to support those—including herself—who might be struggling with their mental health. “I'm an artist who deals with her demons through drawing,” she explains, “and I've written openly online about my experiences with mental illness.” In powerful images, she confronts feelings of self doubt, worthlessness, and thoughts of suicide. Each piece of mental health art reveals a bit more about her inspiring story, which is shared on her award-winning DeviantArt account.
Full of color, Destiny’s digital figurative work uses symbols and wordplay to convey her mental state. In one of her most affecting drawings, she has a side-by-side image of the same scene—but with slightly different viewpoints. In the left panel, a character writes “I’m Ok” on one side of wall. The right rectangle, however, reveals how she’s really feeling by showing that “I’m Ok” is actually “I’m not Okay” when viewed from an alternative angle.

Friday, August 25, 2017

How powerful is it when we connect with other humans it is an all round #healthy #activity!

How powerful is it when we connect with other humans
it is an all round healthy activity!

Do you belong to a club/group - one or more?

If not you can be isolating yourself and it will get worse as you get older/less active.

Becoming = BELONGING>


Blob Tree Magnetic Board - you can move the Blobs around on the tree or Playground

MAGNETIC #BlobTree Board 
to engage all ages in 
#communicating in a climate of trust::


for this magnetic board with lots of moveable Blob Tree characters


Wednesday, August 23, 2017


The best feedback from one of my training days


60% OF HUMANS in our Prisons were excluded from their school.MISSION Stuff.

Powerful article here - this is why I get the Guardian.
I had to cut out the text from the online text because I could not cut & paste.
So this text does not flow from slice to slice but you will get the picture.
This is a great MISSION.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Still time to get to Greenbelt Festival - a great HIT for your inner & outer.

Tickets    I   Lineup    I   News


To bag online tickets

Web sales end midnight Weds 23 Aug

Greenbelt's almost here. The site is all but built. All we need now! (And some sunshine. Which is looking extremely likely.)

People are saying it's the best lineup we've ever had. We'd have to agree. And we'd love to see as many of you there as possible – even if it's just for a day.

Much of our pre-booked extras are now either sold out or off sale. But you can still buy tickets online in advance (and beat the queues) – until midnight, Weds 23rd August.

See you Friday! πŸ‘‹

Banking for good πŸ’°

Christian Aid are bringing an Escape Room, working with the Real Junk Food Project in their cafΓ©, campaigning with us on the Big Bank Shift, and presenting a stellar programme in their venue. It's great to partner with them.

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The Far Side πŸ™Œ

Our new reflection zone is coming together. The tents have gone up, and we're working on the vibing now. It'll be hosting a rich and varied worship and spirituality programme – all weekend.

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Tree climbing 🌳

The trees at Boughton House are ancient. And beautiful. But some are quite fragile, so please don't climb them. Except for the one we've carefully selected for you to climb (with ropes!). It's for all ages and abilities.

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A keg of Union Pool 🍺

Rev Vince Anderson is with us this year as part of the Nine Beats Collective. And as a treat, he's had a keg of beer from the Union Pool venue (where he hosts his weekly Dirty Gospel services) shipped all the way over from NYC for us to taste. Yum.

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With a Gold Standard from Attitude is Everything for our access provision, we work hard to be an inclusive space for all.

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Find everything you need to know on our info pages, in our Essential Information PDF, and in our ticketing FAQs.

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We're award-winning

For sustainability πŸ†
Greener Festival Award
For inclusion πŸ†
Rainbow List Award
For accessibility πŸ†
Attitude is Everything Gold


We're campaigning

Join our Big Bank Shift campaign with Christian Aid. We're lobbying the banks to disinvest from fossil fuels and into renewables – to play their part in protecting a two-degree world.