At Salmon Youth Centre, we take pride in being able to support and encourage young people to make their dreams a reality. We also welcome volunteers to help in our clubs and engage with the young people that come through our doors.

Heather (20), Remi (20), Leslie (24) and Alex (19) volunteered for some time at Salmon and we are please to announce that they are now our new Apprentices! Have a read about their experiences at Salmon here…

Alex Moore's blog:

Honestly at first I was incredibly overwhelmed at the size of the Salmon Youth Centre and just how many kids came into each club. Although I had experience in youth work before, seeing just how many kids came to the 10-13s mixed club on a Monday made me realise just how much I had to learn, but also gave me an opportunity to take a leap of faith and throw myself into the activities within the club. I really enjoyed the girls group, as when I started volunteering every week I became a recognizable figure and formed relationships with the girls, which has now made working here full-time such a pleasant experience. Discovering the drama club was a huge bonus for me as next year I will be attending university to study drama, performance and theatre studies, having a directing/ leadership role helped me to strengthen my abilities but also gives me an opportunity to hand over my gained wisdom and experience to the young budding actors in the club.

As an apprentice I am now involved daily in multiple clubs and this has built not only my youth skills but also my social skills and been a huge boost of confidence for me. The staff here are some of the most pleasant people I have met and I now genuinely look forward to every part of my day, that is until I start my studies, then ask me again if I enjoy every part of it. Overall I’m looking forward to being challenged in all areas and working hard enough to look back on this experience and be proud to see what I have achieved through the Salmon Youth Centre.

Remi Jackson's blog: 

 Since I’ve volunteered at Salmon, it has been a great    experience working with children of different age  groups and being able to meet new faces.

 When I started at Salmon, I had an idea of what to  expect but I came here with an open mind and was  able get in and interact with the young people and just to have fun getting know them and the staff as well. 

 I was a young leader at my local youth club and coming  to Salmon and being able to continue as a youth  worker is what I wanted to do. I’ve been looking  forward to joining the Salmon team and I have had some really good times, especially with helping the young people in sports. Also, finding out that Salmon have a football team and being able to help out in any way is just amazing.

I studied music in college and through my experience here, I am able to bring my knowledge of what I know and could help young people take their music further.

Overall, I have seen some amazing things that Salmon has to offer to young people and there are a lot of things for them to do, whether it is sports or music or art and seeing how the kids react to achievements is just wonderful and to know that they have so enthusiasm in whatever they are doing. Now that I am an apprentice, I feel like I can give so much more of myself to be a part of this youth centre and be a part of the team. 

Heather Barrett's blog:

When I first started volunteering at Salmon, it was with the 10-13’s girls and mixed clubs. The energy and enthusiasm of the young people encouraged me to branch out to other clubs such as the 6-9’s girls and 14-16’s mixed clubs.

My favourite activities to get involved with were the giant swing, climbing and bouncy castle (even though things can get a little crazy.) Then with the older clubs, I enjoyed art club, football and hanging out in the recording studio where I could really begin to see the creativity of some of the young people come to light.

Now that I have been welcomed onto the team as an apprentice, I hope I can continue to learn more from Salmon and be able to have a positive impact on the young people I will be engaging with. I look forward to getting to know them better, as well as my colleagues who all have been fantastic so far. I am very impressed with the work they do here and I am proud to call myself a Salmon volunteer.

Leslie Abrokwaa's blog:

 My experience doing voluntary work at Salmon Youth  Centre was an enjoyable one as I was able to see how  the youth operate. I was also able to find out what  inspired and motivated them; this gave me a great  sense of how it would be like working at Salmon.

 Two clubs that stood out for me has to be the music  and the football sessions. I enjoy music because I am  from a music-oriented background and have a passion  for it, as it is an opportunity to free your mind and be  creative. I enjoyed the football sessions because the  young people have to team and work together on one  accord in order to get the best results.

Now that I am a Salmon apprentice, I feel I will be able to relate to the youth as I’ve been through various obstacles in life. I believe being an apprentice; I will install hope and positivity to the youth that walk through the Salmon doors everyday.

Apprentices are young people who are gaining work experience while working on a Level 3 youth work qualification. They spend thirty-five hours a week for up to nine months at Salmon on a paid salary. This gives them access to higher education, which they previously would not have had, or it leads to the start of a career in youth work. The apprentices are very important to Salmon, as we get to invest a lot of time in them, helping them to grow on a personal, political, social and spiritual level. Also, as they are still young themselves, they are often very good at connecting with the young people we work with and a lot of young people look up to them.

"As an apprentice I am now involved daily in multiple clubs and this has built not only my youth skills but also my social skills and been a huge boost of confidence for me." - Alex Moore (19)


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