Showcase: Sara – Y-Team Secretary

Sara has been involved with Hope in so many ways over the last year and a half, from accessing support herself to going on and being a huge part of the Hope family! Here, she talks about her journey with Hope.

I contacted Hope during a time of unsteadiness, whilst watching my father go through chemotherapy treatment for his terminal, Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The support myself and my sister received was exceptional – it was just nice to have a coffee whilst having an hour away from the caring responsibilities and the emotional turmoil that came with having a terminally ill parent. We could openly talk about how we were feeling with a caring individual and not have the fear of upsetting family members due to talking about such an emotive topic. I felt powerless to help him, so I decided to volunteer for Hope.

Sara’s father in his element.

I knew I wanted to give back to Hope in as many ways as I could, so I applied to become part of the Y-Team. Being a Y-Teamer has allowed me to volunteer at youth sessions, attend training sessions on topics such as neurodiversity and attend Healthwatch Hereford events. It has also enabled me to learn communication skills and team working skills and has allowed me to build confidence in my writing skills through my role as Y-Team Secretary, in which I take minutes and send out information regarding future meetings.

My key memories as a Y-Teamer include going on a team-building day with The Back to the Wild Project in which we learnt skills such as resilience and got to walk through beautiful surroundings, and being presented to The Prince of Wales at the Gilpin festival in Ross-On-Wye.

Sara at the launch of the Gilpin Festival waiting to meet HRH The Prince of Wales

I have been able to intertwine my volunteering with a work placement for my college course, in which I need 300 hours to complete my Level 3 Health and Social Care Extended Diploma.

Whilst on work placement I have been able to gain an understanding that not everyone deals with family stress and grief the same and learnt first-hand the amazing work that Hope does.

It’s so important to us at Hope that young people are at the forefront of everything they do. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed learning a bit more about the fantastic Y-Team Secretary Sara, but if this blog has raised any issues for you, please feel free to call or email us to talk about what support we can offer.

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