Youth Work Week 2021 - Carly's Journey


I have been engaging with the Team for the last 9 years.  I started by coming along to my local youth group each week as a participant. 

As I got older, I was very keen to come along to the youth group each week and take on extra responsibilities within the group, with the support from the Workers.  Through this I became a Young Leader within the group and signed up to a Leadership Course for Young People in 2016.  This was the start of my journey.

I continued to volunteer in the local youth group each week, along with signing up to any opportunity that was offered to me along the way, such as Sports Leaders, Girls on the Move, First Aid, Food Hygiene and much more.  I have volunteered my time each summer to support the Summer Programme, this includes a 2 night residential where I took the lead on the Evaluation for the Residential.  This helped me with my confidence in leading and engaging Young People.

I signed up to a leadership residential run by Youth Scotland in February 2018 and as part of this would complete a Platinum Youth Achievement Award.  This has been really tough for me as things kept changing along the way, but I stuck with it.  My goals on the personal Development Plan were to learn to drive and get a job.  I achieved both of these and now have my own car and had a modern Apprenticeship job.  I successfully completed my Platinum Youth Achievement Award.

I am also part of the Youth Forum in Stirling and worked alongside my peers to plan and deliver a Gathering Event for Young People, where hundreds of Young People from Local Schools attended.

I have been working on completing a Professional Development Award in Youth Work.  However due to the Pandemic this was put on hold, however the opportunity arose for me to apply to become a Part Time Member of the team.  I was interviewed for the post, where I showed my knowledge and experience that I had learned over the years and successfully got the job!

Over the years I have volunteered over 600hours with the Service, this is amazing due to all the other commitments that I had throughout the years.