Katherine (left), 15 is a young volunteer from Wigan. She joined the ‘Green Leaders’ programme this summer to do her bit for her local environment.
"I found out about the Green Leaders project at a local Amberswood Fun Day that I went to along with my friend, Cassidy. We met Lucy from Groundwork there and emailed her the next day to find out more about how to get involved.
"I was a bit nervous when I first started - but more excited. I’ve never done anything like this before so I didn’t really know what to expect.
"It seemed like a great opportunity to get involved and do something with our summer. It’s nice to be able to do something with my time. I like doing the outdoors work, helping in the woods and you get this really good feeling after when it looks good. I feel proud of myself – if I want to show my family I can go round the woods and say ‘I did that’.
"I live about 20 minutes away from Amberswood. I’d never heard of the wood before I came to the fun day so it’s helped to broaden my horizons about different places I can go. I think it’s important that young people can go to parks. It means that instead of just hanging round they can go somewhere that’s safe.
"Cassidy and I talk a lot about politics. It’s important to keep on top of what’s happening in the world. When the country was deciding whether we should ‘Brexit’ we were both trying to educate people on the different scenarios because the media wasn’t helpful at giving a clear view of why we should stay or stay out. It was all incredibly vague. It was one of those situations where people were making decisions that were going to affect me, yet I couldn’t have a say, which was frustrating.
"It’s good to get involved and give back to the community. Before I started I had considered volunteering before – but I didn’t know how to involved. It gives you a lot more opportunities and helps to guide you on a career path.
"I’ve always wanted to help out around my community. It’s why I’m glad this opportunity has come up. My family are proud of me also – which is great."
Groundwork is working across the UK to deliver our part of 'Our Bright Future', a youth-led environmental programme that is designed to inspire the next generation of environment leaders and give them a stepping stone to future employment.
To find out more click here.