It’s taken me a little time to get round to writing this due to some unexpected excitement. Not quite as good as it sounds, I ended up in hospital having an emergency operation! I’ll spare you the details, but would like to say a big thank you to all the wonderful staff at QA Hospital for taking great care of me!
So, on to what I really wanted to write about…
I attended the Celebration of Achievement awards ceremony in Fareham a couple of weeks ago. This event, organised by Y Services, is held to recognise the efforts of some wonderful young people. Each was nominated by their youth worker for an award for their personal achievements. News papers and TV seem to love highlighting the trouble caused by young people, what they miss is all the good work they do and it is fantastic to see just a few of them getting the recognition they deserve.
What struck me about the event was not just how wonderful these young people are, but also how much the youth workers put in to what they do. I’m not just talking about time – many of them are volunteers – but also how much of their heart and soul is invested in what they do.
If you are interested in what it is like from the youth worker point of view then I highly recommend you read the Philosophy of Fi blog, in particular The Y Blog post, which also talks about this event. It is written straight from the heart and very moving.
For more information about Y Services please check out their web page. They are in the process of moving sites so I am going to give you both the current and new addresses, hopefully one or other will work:
I’m sure they would love to hear from anyone who would like to volunteer, or from any young people who are looking for advice or support.