Success Story: Hear how volunteering has helped Nat gain more training and qualifications.
Nat has achieved her 20-hour volunteering certificate for dedicating her time to helping others with additional needs, at the Dorchester Youth Club.
Nat’s journey started with an initial meeting with the Face Forward team. At first, Nat was quiet and withdrawn although recognised that she was ready for a positive change.
At her second meeting with Face Forward Volunteer Co-ordinator, Claire, they had a conversation about Nat’s interests. From this, Claire was able to organise fortnightly voluntary sessions at the Dorchester Youth Club. She got involved with pottery classes, attended weekly Netball sessions and engaged in activities at the REEF Youth Centre in Wimborne.
Within three months, Nat completed her youth work training at The Club and attended the SPARC training course. Safer People And Responsible Communities (SPARC) is a project delivered in partnership with the Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, it helps young people overcome personal barriers, improving their social skills and confidence.
Through volunteering, she has developed resilience, confidence and is looking to invest in additional youth work training.
Tara Gool, lead worker at the club, said: “Nat was really chuffed with her certificate. She's doing really well - as time's going on she's really coming out of her shell. She engages well with the young people and is an asset to the club.”
Nat is now looking into apprenticeship opportunities and will continue volunteering for the Dorchester Youth Club and Oxfam.
Leyla, Face Forward Apprentice, said: “Nat has come a long way in a short period of time. I have loved working with her and I am proud of the positive opportunities she has engaged in. The opportunities were organised by Face Forward and have had a positive effect on her personal development.”
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Face Forward is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund.