When Nathan moved into a YMCA hostel he was at a very low point. But he was encouraged to volunteer, which has led to some surprising rewards.
Emily says, “Volunteering is a great way to make a positive difference. I would really encourage anyone who is passionate about mental health and young people to consider volunteering for YMCA Right Here! It’s an amazing opportunity to make change, meet friends, and gain skills.”
Rachel, one of our Positive Placements mentors, says, “Some people volunteer to give something back, but for me the greatest reward is to be part of the process as a young person works to turn their life around. When they are ready to move, that is when Positive Placements can be effective.”
Sam first encountered the YMCA when as a student she needed housing advice herself. Later her volunteering experiences led to her working in a role where she now offers housing advice to young people! Sam says, “I had such a brilliant experience volunteering that it gave me the motivation and confidence to move into my current paid role within YMCA DownsLink Group.”