25 February 2013
Kayleigh Voyse is a 25 year old volunteer from Southend who has been volunteering with Motivate since April 2012. She started as a part time volunteer, became a full time volunteer and now has become a bank member of staff.
|Kayleigh (far left) in our
Between April and December 2012 I volunteered at the Southend YMCA. I have been volunteering on and off since I was 14 years old, and when I graduated university in 2011 and struggled to find employment, the Southend YMCA seemed to be the perfect organisation to help me develop the life skills I needed to get a job.
Before I started volunteering on Motivate I was extremely unhappy and disillusioned, having worked hard for four years at university, trying to balance studying with life as a single mother, only to end up unemployed and on benefits.
|Kayleigh at BBC TV Centre
escourting young people on
I started volunteering on a part-time basis on the Leigh Folk Festival project. This project was a great opportunity to work with other young people and learn about events planning, promoting and stewarding. We learnt how to set up a PA system, manual handling training and worked towards a level two stewarding qualification.
As a result of gaining the qualification I was also able to volunteer on behalf of Basildon Council at the Olympic Torch relay as it passed through Basildon town centre, which was an amazing experience.
After this I began to volunteer on a full-time basis in the motivate office and was able to work with many people on various projects. On a political project called '5 minutes to change the world' I got to interact with dozens of young people from the local area about issues and problems they thought were important in their community.
|Kayleigh volunteered at Leigh
Folk Festival 2012, Sheila Lord
played on the Southend
YMCA stage (above).
I also worked on a drama project with five other young volunteers and an older gentleman, in which we wrote, promoted and performed our own play based upon intergenerational issues and stereotypes in order to break down barriers between old and young people.
Through the Southend YMCA I have been able to achieve so many things. I have gained self-confidence, qualifications and have met many like-minded people who have become good friends.
In December 2012 I applied for a position at the organisation as a bank member of staff, which I was successful in getting. Not only did the Southend YMCA give me the platform to be able to start my working life, but I have been able to find a job that I love and still have time to be with my son at home and provide for him and our future.