Hi I’m Leon, I’m 16 and for my school work experience I went to The Door in Stroud.

I go to one of The Door’s youth clubs and it’s never really occurred to me before how much happens outside of those few hours of youthwork each week.

I’m not too sure what I want to do in the future so I wanted to use my work experience to get a wide view of the opportunities and to see what I like doing.

At the start of the week I was in the office – updating posters and working on the website with Anne. She also showed me lots of the behind the scenes jobs, like counting collection tin donations, collecting data for reports to funders and monitoring social media.

Later in the week I helped in the shop where I learned about the till, stocktaking and how to use the steamer.

I also met with people from the mentoring teams and the youthworkers. It’s been interesting to see different people and find out what their job roles contain.

I really enjoyed my time at The Door, everyone was very nice and so friendly.

I’m still not sure what I want to do in the future but now I’ve got a much better idea of some of the things I could be doing. And I’m hoping to keep volunteering in the shop at weekends too.

Find out more about work experience opportunities for all ages and other volunteer roles at thedoor.org.uk/volunteer

Leon’s Story

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