When graciously offered the guest cameo spot of ‘Rashids Ramblings’ – I jumped at the chance to perhaps give a deputised insight to the organisation. I mused on whether to write a really punchy piece on liberation movements of the past, and how these resonate with a modern British audience who have become heavily attracted to social action and reform. Perhaps I could examine the ongoing debate around the surreptitious impact of social media on millennials. Or maybe we keep things slightly lighter-touch and pedestrian, by discussing whether the ‘joy of Christmas’ is still a ‘thing’ for young people today. This was all side-stepped, of course, by a totally organic moment of contemplation which was instigated by a question posed.
An assessor from an awarding body visited the organisation this week, and as a final denouement asked the question; ‘Does the organisation have a robust succession plan?’ Within the youth and community sector, it seems like we are constantly working on sustainability plans to ensure our organisations remain relevant, credible and buoyant – but how far into the future are we truly gazing? The idea of a succession plan for PYF seems redundant…. surely? We’re all so passionate, ambitious, busy – we can’t imagine a time where we must ‘pass the baton on’. For a moment the assessor stopped me in my tracks, before I managed to bumble onwards pointing out our informed recruitment choices and robust CPD standards. Later I reflected again, this time with a resolute smile; Viva la Youth Work – may its well-informed, positive, nurturing, inclusive nature be passed on for generations and outlive us all!