At Salmon, we welcome any young person wanting to do work experience at Salmon so they can have an idea of what it is like to be a part of what we do, as well as learning and developing key skills along the way.
Calvin Healy has been taking part in our sessions for two weeks and getting involved in key youth work sessions. Have a read about his experiences working at Salmon below:
Calvin Healy's story:
Honestly when I started, I was not sure what to expect walking into a workplace where bonds have already been made with colleagues and the young people they work with, but I was pleasantly surprised. On my first day here I think it was obvious that I was nervous but the team here at Salmon made me feel comfortable amongst them and made me feel less nervous and assured me that they would support me through my work experience. Before my first session I was left thinking of experiences from when I was younger and the chaos that surrounded the youth club I went to, but during my first trampoline session on Tuesday, I quickly realised that the majority of the young people were very respectful and were just very eager to learn and have fun.
During my second week, I felt like I’ve experienced so much here. I’ve attended staff meetings and club sessions, which were all new experiences for me. I have taken part in many sessions including, 10-13s girls club,10-13 mixed club, 6-9s club, tennis club, Salmon Tigers, 10-13s football, Mixables and Mixsters. It is great to just see young people in a calm safe environment where they can learn and have fun with their friends. My favourite club is Salmon Tigers because of how eager the boys are to learn and play football. My fondest memory in In one of the training sessions was we were taking part in trust exercises and it is great to see young people putting their complete trust into each other having fun without worry and I feel like that shows just how great a team they actually are.
From my work experience, I will be taking a lot away with me. In being here for just two weeks, I have learnt so much like how clubs are planned and ran, how best to communicate to young people and so much more. Young people in the media have been given such a bad name but looking at the young members of Salmon the media is obviously not portraying the full story. I have learnt that youth work is a difficult occupation as the way to approach things is different for every child you work with. But on the other hand I feel like the experiences and outcomes you get from working with these children are very rewarding and I have enjoyed every second of my work experience here.