For over seven years we have been supporting young people to inspire, empower and enable them to learn new skills which can take them on to brighter futures. We have done this through a variety of programmes which focus on everything from self-esteem, crafts, entrepreneurialism and communication. We have a great team who work hard to make these sessions as well-informed and as engaging as possible, so we thought it was high time that we share why they love what they do and working with young people. Let’s meet some of the team and see what they have to say…
Tori Jacovides, Partnerships and Progressions Manager
Working with young people reminds me how important it is to keep hold of my own inner child!
They are our present and our future and often provide the best insights into what is happening in the world today. They remind me what needs to change and improve for a better future and they often serve as the best barometer of what is missing from our society.
Their honesty and ideas ensure everything we create at The Gifted is relevant to youth culture today. In turn, their input helps us help them in their personal, social or learning development. When I am writing funding applications, I always consult with young people and put myself in their shoes, asking ‘what will really make their chances for happiness and success, better?’ If I can’t answer that question, I know I have to possibly readdress what we are delivering for young people and refresh my understanding of what matters to young people today.
Sally Richard, Project Worker
I love working with The Gifted and delivering projects in schools. It is so rewarding working with young women and seeing the progress they make through the Butterfly Project. The programme allows them to have a safe space to discuss their thoughts and feelings, whilst gaining new skills. Many young women need some extra support during their final education years, which is an important time as they are preparing for transition into adulthood, and I feel grateful that I am able to work with them, to teach them new skills and tools to make their journey into the future easier.
Emma Batrick, Project Worker
I love that working with young people will always keep you on your toes and give you a constant reminder that you really can’t judge anyone – because you are bound to be wrong. They are far more open with their point of view than some adults, and it gives you a different insight into the world and how to approach things. This also means that while we have a structure to all of our projects and courses, there will be some ways that work better with some groups than others, and I always welcome the opportunity to take on new challenges to be creative and adapt how the sessions run so that we better meet the needs of our participants. It’s amazing seeing the journey that they all go through, and I feel that I grow with them at every session.
Do you love working with young people? If so, we’d love to hear from you! We are currently recruiting for Sessional Support Workers. Find out more here.
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