I was about 10. We were on holiday and my brother and I were playing on the campsite playground. Throughout our childhood we were like cat and dog, always bickering and fighting. Being four years older... More

“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver. “Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”  More

Interestingly, as I was thinking about writing about kindness this month, I ended up in a conversation with my 12-year-old daughter about a lonely lad at her youth group, and whether it was her responsibility... More

Seb sat grinning at the table while Liam poked him in the face. We were at our annual residential. Seb was one of the leaders and the kind of guy who never stopped smiling; he was full of patience and... More

Buy your mentee a cactus. Seriously. In fact, the cactus will arguably be a better mentor than you! It has the privilege of doing what you can’t do: spending vast amounts of time with your mentee, including... More

I ran a 10k race last October. I’m a ‘middle of the pack’ runner, so my time of 48:44 was acceptable but not mind-blowing. I occasionally entertain dreams of finishing on a podium, but deep down I’m resigned... More

Here’s a challenge… Don’t think of a pink elephant… I said don’t! I bet you can’t get that image out of your head now. More

To reflect on young people’s previous Christmas experiences and help them prepare mentally and spiritually to get the most of the coming season. More

Ask your mentee to suggest the first word that comes into their head to do with what it means to have character, starting with each letter in the word ‘character’ (eg courage, heart, accountability et... More

This character pyramid is a resource that could easily structure a whole term of mentoring sessions. This session just cov­ers the basic idea.  More