Volunteering has always been a huge part of my life. From the age of 16 I was part of a voluntary fire service, supporting the local community. Since this experience, I have prioritised volunteering as an important part of my life.
I moved to London three years ago, after being part of and leading a 4,000-strong volunteer team. I was nervous about how I might be able to find a community that I felt so at home with. It took a while and a few attempts before I found Body & Soul, but since my first induction meeting two and a half years ago, I have felt a part of the B&S family. I have been lucky to work across a range of services, with my current focus on the Base and Teen Spirit groups.
I know that every session has an impact on the young people we work with; whether that’s big or small, it’s always a step. For me personally my time at Body & Soul is an escape from the constant emails and phone calls that come from a full-time day job. Even if I arrive tired on a Saturday morning, I always leave energised from a day with a group of truly remarkable young people.
Every session at Body & Soul I learn more – not only practical skills for working with young people who have experienced trauma, but also about myself and the wonderful team of volunteers and staff at Body & Soul; I have made lifelong friends. I know that the work being done is having an impact far beyond that which we can see from session to session – it is life changing.
We’re always looking for volunteers at Body & Soul, so if you’re interested in joining our community, check out the opportunities we have available here.