I started working at LNK as a volunteer in 2014, because I have a passion for working with children/ young people and believe that anyone can achieve their ambitions once they know what it is they wanted to do. I was a youth worker apprentice, helping organise events, promoting the work of the charity through social media and assisting with day-to-day duties to support the young people.
I came back to LNK in January 2017 to work full-time as a Youth Mentor/ Roadshow Co-ordinator, which I contribute to all aspects of the Lives Not Knives’s school roadshows that is place into primary school in Croydon to teach the awareness of the consequences of knife crime and youth crime to young people. I work with young people, who have been identified as being at risk of becoming NEET (not in Education, Employment or Training) and provide them with the skills and knowledge they need to do well, and support the young people into post 16 provision e.g. college, apprenticeship or employment.
Working with LNK, the organisation has been fortunate providing great opportunities, such as achieving my Youth Work qualification and getting involved in great fundraising events, climbing mount Snowdon and . I chose to work with LNK because I wanted to help within my community to make it a better environment to help the growth of young people to succeed from alternative education provision backgrounds. Working with LNK, I have learned more about my community and how we can work together to create a better future and about myself as a person, developing my personal skills.