Post | July 2023 | Volunteer Stories | 1 min read

"It gives such a wonderful sense of satisfaction, and you really do feel you've made a difference to their lives"

Written by GoVol Herts

Meet Helen, Volunteer Trustee and Secretary at Young Careers Crew.

Young Carers Crew (YCC) is an independent charity based in Stevenage that provides respite and support to young carers living in Stevenage and North Hertfordshire. The young carers are young people aged 8-18 that are primary or secondary carers for a member of their family. They run fortnightly sessions and occasional outings where careers can ‘just be themselves’ and enjoy their time at the group.YCC also aims to serve as a place for the young carers to get any support they may need from other young carers, or the volunteers at the group.

Please tell us a little more about yourself and your volunteering work?

I joined Young Carers Crew in 2012.  Having started as a Group Volunteer (when I particularly enjoyed helping the young carers develop their cooking skills), I went on to become the Secretary and then one of the Trustees. I'm proud to be part of this fantastic team, who all work together to support our young carers.

What made you decide to start volunteering?

A desire to make a positive contribution to my local community.

Why would you recommend volunteering to others?

When you see the hugely beneficial effect on these young people - increased confidence, well-being and happiness - it gives such a wonderful sense of satisfaction, and you really do feel you've made a difference to their lives.

Find out how you can help and get involved here

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