From volunteer to vocation

Monday 10th December 2012

Three young people have made huge steps over the last 3 months developing from volunteers at the Trust, into paid employment.

Ajibola Ibidapo-obe (AJ), Iain Ball & George Horne all began with the Trust during the summer as volunteers, with each entering the Trust via different routes and from alternative backgrounds.

AJ was asked to carry out 6 weeks voluntary work covering different sessions across Greenwich and made such good progress that he has now secured paid work at Youth Service sessions delivered at Shooters Hill Post 16 Campus and St Pauls Academy.

AJ commented, ‘Working with Charlton has been great and has made me more positive about my future.’

Having graduated from University like many others, Iain believed he would be able to secure work having gained solid university qualifications, but soon found this wasn’t the case. 

Iain demonstrated a strong will and determination and was invited to work on the Trust’s National Citizenship Service (NCS) in the summer. NCS Co-ordinator Andy Carpenter said, ‘Iain worked on NCS during the summer & autumn. His ability to engage other young people and team building skills made him stand out as a natural leader.’

Iain impressed throughout his time with the NCS and through this was offered a place on the next FA Level One qualification in Coaching Football course. Iain has now developed from volunteering into paid work and is progressing well as both a football coach and youth worker.

Iain said, “I have enjoyed my time with Charlton and have learnt lots of new skills and techniques, not only as a coach but also in speaking with people effectively.’

George Horne has been attending various different Trust initiatives and courses since he was seven years old and has always wanted to coach football. Like AJ and Iain, George has passed his FA Level One course and spent several weeks as a volunteer working in various different sessions across the Trust. This has now progressed onto paid work at sessions including lunchtime, after school clubs and holiday courses. George has also been working at different sessions across the Greenwich Youth Service including Shooters Hill Post 16 Campus and West Thamesmead Youth Club.

George said, ‘Working with Charlton has made me more confident. Taking the courses should open more doors for me and regarding gaining work.’

Last week AJ, Iain and George all attended an FA Level Two in Football Coaching course.

Greenwich Youth partnership Manager Matt Horne commented, ‘Apart from the obvious progressions these lads have made the main things that stand out for me are the opportunities offered to three young people from totally different backgrounds and the fact that they have all been involved in a wide range of projects that the Trust deliver.

This also demonstrates excellent value for the various funders who have kindly donated funding for the different programmes, which has enabled these three young people to flourish. The excellent example they can also set as role models to other young people should not be under estimated.’