Alice, YMCA West Kent
Alice started at YMCA West Kent in 2014 as a youth work apprentice, initially involvement in creating a safe space where young people could attend counselling sessions and youth clubs. While on the Youth team she gained a Level 3 Diploma in Youth Work.
Alice has worked with young bands to achieve success on the local music scene, organised local football tournaments, and assisted groups with achieving Duke of Edinburgh awards, providing motivation and encouragement to her colleagues and participants.
She is a forward thinker, heading up detached projects in socially deprived estates so that young people and communities can access support. She has also covered management duties, rising to the challenge enthusiastically and with maturity beyond her years.
Alice is able to understand the needs of young people on a one to one basis, forming trusting relationships so that she can encourage them in all aspects of their lives.
She is reliable, consistent, patient, calm in crisis and a clear thinker. She is extremely conscientious; always putting young people first, while being non-judgmental and a perfect advocate and role model.
Alice is now a Deputy Manager and will complete her Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Management in 2018.