I started volunteering at Lives Not Knives in February 2014, in-between college and part time work. I started by helping organise events with the team, promoting the work of the charity through social media and assisting with day to day duties. I became a volunteer because I wanted to work within my community and help others in my local area. I also wanted to gain some experience and life skills. Since I have been working with Lives Not Knives, I have learned so much about my community as well as about myself. I have been fortunate to have been given some great opportunities, including being able to do my Youth Work qualification.
I came back to work full-time for Lives Not Knives, as a mentor in January 2017. I am currently working with 15-16 year olds, who have been identified as being at risk of becoming NEET. My role is to provide them with the skills they need to do well and support them into a post 16 provision e.g. College, apprenticeship or employment.
I previously worked in schools with a company called Fit2Learn. I worked with them for nearly 3 years. During this time I built positive relationships with a number of people as well as gaining many transferable employability skills.
I feel as though, I have gained a lot of confidence and skills through my work at LNK, because of all the different challenges. I am a lot more confident with talking to groups of people or public speaking. I still get nervous, but I am more able to take on new challenges. I really enjoy working for LNK and with the team.