Two Walsall mums are on the path for a bright future in youth work, thanks to the help of a volunteering programme launched by leading Midlands landlord whg.

Julie Adams and Laura Arrowsmith have both participated in whg’s Volunteering Works programme, which helps customers gain skills, work experience and confidence to move into work.

Through the scheme, both Julie and Laura were able to achieve a Level Two Certificate in Youth Work and are now shaping their future around careers in the sector.

Since completing the programme, Julie has secured paid employment as a Youth Worker at Bloxwich Community Partnership.

Julie, aged 37 and from Blakenall, said: “I was inspired to volunteer after my cousin passed away at the age of 21. I felt lost after his death but it inspired me to do something positive and give something back.

“I feel he would be really proud of me if he knew what I had achieved now. I really enjoy my job – it’s challenging but also very rewarding.

“I would encourage anyone to take part in whg’s Volunteering Works programme, as achieving my Level Two Certificate has given me the experience I need to gain paid work.”

Laura, aged 26, now volunteers with Walsall Targeted Youth Support at MyPlace, a young people's centre in Walsall, offering a wide range of services to help young people.

She said: “I lacked confidence to gain work or qualifications until I met whg’s Community Champions in Mossley, Sarah Humpage and Sylvia Rouse, who helped me get onto the programme.

“I’ve wanted to be a youth worker for a while and I really enjoyed the course. Along with the qualifications in youth work, I’ve also gained a number of other qualifications, including food hygiene, health and safety and first aid.

“The course has made me feel more confident and outgoing – and if I can do it, anyone can!”

whg is celebrating its volunteers as part of Volunteers' Week, which is held each year from 1st to 7th June.

whg recruits around 80 new volunteers per year through Volunteering Works, who all on average give around five hours each of their spare time per week, over 40 weeks.

Aaron Lawrence, whg’s Community Development Officer, said: “It is great to hear the positive impact that our Volunteering Works programme has had on both Julie and Laura’s lives. We are delighted to share this great news about two of our volunteers, during Volunteers' Week.

“Volunteers who join whg’s Volunteering Works programme are not only given a range of volunteering opportunities, but are mentored by our friendly team of Community Champions. It is a rewarding programme, where participants give something but get a lot back.”

To find out more about Volunteering Works, call 0300 555 6666 or CLICK HERE.

whg also has a number of voluntary opportunities which aim to involve customers in the delivery of whg services, to identify improvements and help ensure its high standards of performance are met.

To find out more, CLICK HERE.