“I had heard about the youth club from friends at school. I had been struggling with depression brought on by the stress of a gang member taking an interest in me”

“Although I was anxious about attending the youth club at first, I was made to feel welcome by the friendliness of Youth Workers and the other young people. With the support of the Youth Workers and the mentoring programme, I have been able to improve my mental health and break free from gang involvement. My confidence has also grown and I began volunteering for The Hive at the Jim McDonald Centre in Hatfield.

I helped to create a community garden for the Jimmy Mac’s Charity. Earlier this year, I was nominated for The Young Volunteer Award for the Welwyn Hatfield Youth Council’s Youth Awards for my work on the project. I still volunteer in The Hive’s garden and I am now the project’s Young Leader.”

“I feel a sense of purpose in who I am now and I want to help more people.”

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