Alice – YMCA Burton
Alice started her university placement with YMCA Burton as part of her second year studying for a BA in Working with Young People and Communities.
Alice was already volunteering in a variety of roles, and during her placement continued volunteering, working at our night shelter over the winter period. She took on various responsibilities, from cook to first-aider, and attended the shelter in all weathers, encouraging and befriending guests and other volunteers.
Having witnessed first-hand the impact of substance misuse within her own family growing up, she was always compassionate, caring and non-judgmental towards guests.
Alongside this, she worked with our participation officer to deliver sessions and was always popular with residents and staff.
Alice always seeks to understand activities and interests that our residents would like and changes her own planned activities if necessary.
She encourages her peer group to volunteer and fundraise for charities, and at the age of 21 has already decided upon a philanthropic approach in life. She is a great ambassador for volunteering and has attended events with our volunteer coordinator to promote volunteering.
She always puts our residents and night shelter guests first, which shows remarkable insight for a young person to have.
Alice is a well-liked team member who is always ready to support and encourage her colleagues. She has a friendly nature, lovely sense of humour and a heart for homeless people.