Michelle has been a Volunteer with Ynot Aspire for 18 months. She says:
The young people I have worked with have had a range of issues, and they don’t open up immediately, but after chatting about their lives and seeing what is important to them, I have developed good relationships where we are open and honest. They know one of my values is honesty, and it works both ways. They actually appreciate it, being honest with no shame or judgement, and getting honest feedback, even if they don’t like it! It gives them the chance to see that maybe their parents aren’t all bad, as mine views are often similar, as I’m a parent myself.
The support is amazing, induction training, which was better than my university course, online training to do in my own time, when I want (or not), cloud team support space, and team meetings with brew and biscuits!
So, what do I want to get out of this…? I’m already getting it! I enjoy knowing I am making a difference to a young person’s life and developing my skills to use in my future career. I’d like to work as a family support worker, working alongside them and helping young people, as the two sides often can’t get along. Being able to be impartial helps to bridge the gap.
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