I first discovered The Door when I was in year 12 at Stroud High and Marling Sixth Form. One of the mentors was working with my friends and we had engaged in conversation about a peer mentoring scheme that I had set up at Stroud High. When I was looking for work experience, this mentor suggested to me that I applied for volunteer work at The Door, as she was aware of my interest in psychology and my ambitions to work with young people.
I started volunteering in the Drop-in with Annie and James once a fortnight in March 2015, and I became very excited by the opportunities that arose. I was starting to spend more and more time volunteering after school and during my free periods, and was fascinated by the interactions of young people and the things that I was learning.
In the summer of 2015 I volunteered on a trip to take a group of young people boxing in Gloucester, and it was on that trip after speaking with Annie a great deal, that I affirmed in my mind a new passion for youthwork, and it was clear to me that this is what I wanted to do.
After taking a short break from The Door to go travelling to Africa, I returned eager to progress. I started doing detached work in the Stroud area, and learned to identify patterns in behaviour of young people and the factors that influence them.
More recently, I applied to the University of Gloucestershire to do a degree in Youthwork, and am hoping to find more work with young people to broaden my experience.
I am extremely grateful to everyone at The Door for the opportunities they have provided me with and for allowing me to develop my passion in such a way that I now want to pursue youthwork as a career.
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.
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