We asked our two new youthworkers to tell us a little bit about themselves as they embark on their new jobs as sessional youthworkers in our Cam and Dursley Centres
Staff Mini (16)Kathleen
Hi I’m Kathleen one of the new sessional youthworkers for the Door in Cam and Dursley. I currently live in the town of Wotton-Under-Edge where I have previously worked as a Youthworker for South Gloucestershire Council. I haven’t worked with young people for a few years so I was thrilled to hear of an opportunity to be working with young people again. I have always had a passion for working with young people and my aim is to build relationships with the young people that use The Door’s centres so that I can help them grow as individuals and to encourage them.
“I’m really excited about this opportunity and looking forward to my future with the Door .”
Fun fact: Kathleen once entered The Door’s undiscovered youth contest and came third!
Staff Mini (17)Hello, I’m Francesca and I’m 23.
After I left school I worked as a beauty therapist and make-up artist but I felt there was something missing and decided I needed a career change.
I have always been interested in working with young people and through my own experience as a young person growing up in Dursley I felt I had a great understanding of the challenges that they may be facing and that I could do a lot to help.
Last September I started volunteering with Connectat which is a group for young people on the autistic spectrum. I have absolutely loved my time with the group and I continue to volunteer every Thursday.
Through Connectat I heard about The Door and applied to volunteer which I began in January.
After a few weeks the position of part time sessional youthworker in Cam & Dursley came up and I’m ever so grateful to have been offered a role.
I hope to be a positive role model for the young people and help them through the challenges they may face. I am over the moon to be part of the team and I’m excited to see where my journey with The Door will take me.

Staying at home in Social Isolation is taking its toll on all of us. Whether you’re a young person struggling with learning at home and missing your friends or a parent trying to juggle the demands of working from home and educating your children, The Door understands where you’re coming from. We are the leading youth charity in Stroud with nearly 30 years experience of supporting young people and their families when times get tough. One of our highly skilled professionals is there for you.

In order to protect the identity of the young person /parent in our stories some details including names and places may have been changed

Welcome Kathleen and Francesca