Sophia is in care and has been most of her life. Before meeting Step Together she struggled to fill her time and was very quiet in new situations. Volunteering was not something Sophia had ever thought someone like her could do. She didn’t know anyone who volunteered and she was uncertain about it.
After chatting with Sheri from Step Together, Sophia was interested to find out more about volunteering with young people or elderly people. They looked at different options and Sophia decided to apply to the Youth Zone. Sheri supported her with the application and went along with her to the interview and initial meetings.
“I wouldn’t have got this position if it wasn’t for Sheri. I started volunteering at Youth Zone and haven’t stopped since. It’s really helped me with time management, using public transport and I’ve gained so many job skills to include on my CV. Volunteering has also helped me get onto my chosen college course doing Childcare and Early Years.”
One moment in particular stands out for Sophia. There was a young lad who was upset at the Youth Zone. Although she asked him what was wrong, at first he wouldn’t tell her. He said no one would understand. After speaking to him for a little while, he began to open up and told her he was in foster care and was upset around this. Sophia was able to listen and share her own experience of foster care. She said he looked immediately better, like a weight had been lifted. This was such a confidence boost for Sophia and a really proud moment.
“I am much more confident around young people and adults. Now I can confidently talk to people. I would definitely recommend other people to volunteer. It has helped me with choosing a career path. The support from Step Together has been excellent. You are always at the end of the phone and I’m so thankful for everything.”