Find out why volunteering is important to her.
We’re delighted to introduce our Volunteer Coordinator – Julia. Julia volunteers her own time to help manage Youth Talk’s volunteer activity. We sat down and asked her some questions about why she’s so passionate about volunteering. Here’s what she had to say:
1. How did you hear about the role and what do you do?
“Communities 1st advertised the position in their monthly newsletter. The ad was specific in commitment required. I help coordinate our volunteer activity and volunteer led events.”
2. What made you interested in volunteering for Youth Talk?
“With a small local charity I felt that I would be more involved in the day to day activities needed to support the charity, even as a volunteer. I used to coordinate large events in my previous job so I thought I could add value as an event coordinator at Youth Talk.
As a parent with two teenage sons at local schools, I’m also acutely aware of the need for this type of mental health support for young people who often cannot access support elsewhere.”
3. What do you enjoy about working for Youth Talk?
“I enjoy the engagement with other members of Youth Talk and the support that they provide. I feel that the work that they do supporting young people by providing free, confidential counselling is invaluable. This gives me a sense of purpose to raise money for them.
Raising funds for a charity that makes every penny count feels worthwhile and very rewarding. Giving back to my local community is also a strong driver.”
4. What has been your highlight so far?
“I am proud that I helped Youth Talk gain the 6-point promise accreditation from Communities 1st . This accreditation recognises that putting volunteers at the heart of the organisation is integral to the success of community fundraising for a local charity. I was interviewed about my role as volunteer coordinator as part of this process. and am delighted that we achieved it.”
Outside of Youth Talk
“Alongside my work at Youth Talk I enjoy dance of any type, I organised a Dance-a-thon in April to raise funds for Youth Talk, which was great fun. I also sing in a choir and am currently learning Spanish!”
As part of our five year strategy, we’ve committed to growing a volunteer-led fundraising initiative – so that we can support even more local young people with free and confidential counselling. Having Julia on the team is a huge step for us!
So many of our community want to get involved with the work we do. Now we have another dedicated team member to help us provide Youth Talk’s volunteers with the best experience possible. We’re hugely thankful for the amazing work that she does for us.
To all our Youth Talk volunteers – thank you your time and passion to help local young people struggling with their mental health.
We are Stronger Together.