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Alethia's Story: Youthwork Apprentice

Posted on 14 August 2014

I started my apprenticeship at Groundwork London in February 2014. The pastor at the church I attend told me about the Youth Apprentice role at Groundwork. I’ve always liked the idea of helping young people – making them aware of opportunities available to them and helping them to develop on a personal level. Sometimes people just need reminding of their potential to make things happen for themselves and for their families and my role at Groundwork enabled me to do just that.

I've really enjoyed my time at Groundwork, especially planning events and activities for young people. I’ve been working on a project called Well London that is funded by The Big Lottery. I've been working on the Unwin and Friary Estate in Southwark to develop and deliver projects and activities that promote health and wellbeing among the residents. It’s helped me to become more familiar with the whole area and to get to know the estate and the people who live in this community. I recently helped organise a Well London cookery club session where local people were taught how to cook healthy meals on a budget, which was a lot of fun.

I’ve really enjoyed working as part of the Groundwork team and learnt a lot from colleagues with a lot of experience in community work. One of my main achievements at Groundwork has been organising a Junior Apprentice open day at my church. This involved recruiting a motivational speaker to inspire and engage the young people and it was great to see so many attend the event.

I’ve learnt a lot of skills during my time at Groundwork London that I'll take with me into future jobs, including organisation and time management and practical experience such as completing funding applications. It was sometimes hard studying and working at the same time but it's been worth it.

In the future I’d like to work in events management and my apprenticeship at Groundwork has been great in helping me to develop skills in this area. I would still like to be involved in youth work on a voluntary or part-time basis as this is something that is really important to me.