This week I’ve had the pleasure of looking after Sophie for a week’s work experience with us in the Engagement & Support Team. I’ve been amazed at how quickly she’s taken to everything thrown her way and we’re really going to miss her. Here’s what she’s been up to in her own words.
“As a member of TheSite Leaders, and someone who’s found TheSite.org helpful, I wanted to get a taste of what really goes on in the YouthNet office. My first day was 13th August, and my last the 17th August. It’s been a really good laugh and I’ve even been able to spread my passion for badgers and smurfs.
On Monday, I was inducted by members of the Engagement & Support team Laura and Jo. Shortly after that I was given the opportunity to start producing content for YouthNet’s websites. I started off writing a personal story for Step Finder. It was difficult, but I knew it was something I wanted to do. I then used a site called bubbl.us which provides a useful way to mind map – you have the issue in the centre, then your options for support, the barriers, and ways to approach them optimistically. This was really useful! My finished piece looks very snug on the website and I look forward to seeing creations from others.
Tuesday I looked at TheSite.org’s ‘Chat and Text Services for Young People’ resource page. My task was to consider how it could be made easier to read and digest as well as more appealing with a splash of colour. I worked on this to make it more young people friendly and updated chat and text services that were missing. I was able to generate a new layout, which had a splash of colour, Octis in the corner, with everything on one page. I spent the afternoon replying to threads on the TheSite.org boards using links from TheSite.org and elsewhere that offer people advice about how they can access help offline.
Wednesday seemed to be my most productive day. My first task was to write a discussion for the Leaders network to get feedback on the new chat resource page design. I then wrote a blog on the Leaders network, explaining what myself, Helen, Sean, Franki and Leanne got up to at 42nd Street. You can read more about the day in Sean’s blog, but all in all it was a constructive day, and TheSite gang, and the 42nd Street gang, really seemed to have enjoyed themselves!
Following this, I had agreed to do a case study for TheSite.org’s self-harm research. It was weird to talk about – but I’m hoping it will help others to reach out sooner, rather then later.
As a cool down exercise, I updated the discussion board threads on TheSite.org homepage to include links to those I’ve found interesting. I learnt how to use the brain noodling content management system too!
On Thursday I helped Helen out with the Do-it.org.uk blogs. This meant moderating comments from the back end and replying to people who wanted to get involved with volunteering. I also wrote a thread in Politics and Debates about Tony Nicklinson loosing his case in the High Court for the right to die. I’ve been following his updates since day one and found it very attention-grabbing.
Friday’s here it’s the last day and I’m writing a blog to remember the fantastic time I’ve had. Helen and I have also been swapping doughnuts because we’re that awesome. I don’t know what to put here, except when I have a free few days I’m coming back to see YouthNet staff again! It’s been lovely working on set tasks that I’ve felt comfortable with. I still think this week has gone too fast… I’ve entirely enjoyed myself and feel like I’ve fitted in. Oh and this lot are amazing for boosting my confidence, even if I did think it was impossible to do!”