As the Projects Coordinator for Babbasa, I organise our mentoring programme, and support Jenny with our internal operations. It’s a really varied role, and changes on a daily basis depending on what needs to be done. I started volunteering at Babbasa because I wanted to do something meaningful and meet new people – I’d just moved back to Bristol after spending 8 years in Edinburgh, and was working at the first job I could find. After volunteering at Babbasa, I wanted to come back, and luckily, this position opened up.
I really enjoy working with the team here; they’re all very hard-working, energetic, determined, and they get a LOT done. I also like that I get to do a mixture of different things, and face new challenges every day. It’s great that I get to meet so many inspiring people, like our young people and our mentors as well. My highlight at Babbasa so far was being a part of our Ask About Me event. It happened the week that I started, so I was right in the deep end straight away. It was a really good introduction to what Babbasa does, and the great feedback that we received reinforced to me what we’re all here for.
This September I’ll be going back to uni part-time, to study Social Science Research Methods MSc which will tie in well with my monitoring and evaluation work for Babbasa. My advice to young people would be to get involved in volunteering. You get experience, and learn how to work in a new role, but you also get amazing satisfaction out of it, which is something that you should look for in your job as well.
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