The reason I became a youthworker was to be able to help young people. Whether they are in times of trouble or just need some encouragement and someone to empower them to move forward in their lives.
Some days can be harder than others; with emotions often at the forefront of the job. However it is lovely when a young person comes and tells you thanks. Recently I was handed a note, the contents of which reminded me what makes all the hard days worthwhile.
Here is an extract from that note
“Thank you for being there every time I was ever upset or even angry. You showed me it is ok to let those emotions out even if it means crying. Every time I have ever cried though you have been there to cheer me up and tell me I’ll be ok. I feel like I have learned so much about life and myself and I would never have been able to do that without you. You have showed me that I am a strong person when I need to be. Without the help I have had from you however small or subtle it may have seemed, I don’t think I would have been able to progress to who I am today. You have given me the ability to look at life positively. I feel like I have gained in my confidence thanks to you. NONE of this I would have been able to do by myself. So thank you for listening to me and understanding me and helping me to grow, just thank you so much for everything.”
Annie H-C – Focussed Intervention Youthworker