Volunteering at a youth club #YWW17

Volunteering at a youth club #YWW17

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Rachel Javed

By volunteer Rachel Javed

How many times have you heard someone refer to young people as “the future”? This idea is repeated across politics, in the media and from one generation to the next, and yet crucial social and educational structures are increasingly hard to access. As a result, our young people face the dilemma of being considered “the future” without necessarily receiving vital support for their own.
This is where I think the youth clubs across Sheffield really come into their own. I volunteer at one and my first impression of the club still stands: a supportive and safe environment where young people from all backgrounds can socialise and relax. I’m lucky enough to live in the same area as the centre and being able to contribute to my local community in a positive way was one of my main reasons for getting involved. I haven’t been there for that long yet, but as faces become more familiar, I’m enjoying getting to know such a vibrant bunch of people. Whether the evening entails hearing about how someone is getting on with a new college course, discussing music videos on YouTube or (as seems to happen remarkably often) getting mercilessly thrashed at pool, no two sessions are the same. It’s impossible to predict how these interactions might develop and as the weeks go by, I’m really looking forward to building on these relationships. Hopefully, as someone slightly older, I can become a trusted figure whom these young people feel comfortable approaching for a chat, advice, or to share some laughs as they make the often hard transition from childhood to adulthood.

Youth Work Week is the perfect time to learn a bit more about the services that Sheffield Futures provides. I look forward to my sessions immensely and while the focus is always on providing the young people with positive experiences, I must admit that I get a great deal out of the exchange too. To anyone considering getting involved with youth work, I say do it!

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