Bethany's Story

Bethany wanted to make new friends and boost her skills in a creative way, with a hope to do some voluntary work. Jack Drum Arts have helped her to try out a range of fun activities, find a volunteering placement and helped her on her way to getting qualifications.

Bethany joined Jack Drum Arts through DurhamWorks in February, trying out various activities including percussion and dance sessions to see what she enjoyed. Jack Drum were able to offer her help with transport to sessions while she couldn’t make it on her own.

She then began volunteering at the Youth Café at Jack Drum, helping to set up, support the staff and engage with the young people.

Most recently, she began volunteering at the Youth Theatre, after stepping in last minute to cover a performance for a young person who was unwell. She has found the creative sessions a great way to develop her confidence and has made friends with other young leaders.

Katy Roberts, Children and Young People’s Programme Manager at Jack Drum Arts said “Bethany has been volunteering for 2 months now and is a real asset to the project. She is reliable, making her own way there and back every week, eager to help, and has a natural flair for youth engagement.”

Bethany’s volunteering is supervised at all times but Jack Drum Arts have arranged for her to be DBS checked to secure her position as a regular volunteer who can take on more responsibility. The café owners have been so impressed with Bethany that they have agreed to support her to complete a food handling qualification, with additional help from DurhamWorks. This will give Bethany the chance to work behind the counter at the café and will be a great addition to her CV.

The new skills, experience and qualifications that Bethany is gaining working with Jack Drum Arts will help her to move into work and inspire Bethany to think about where her future could take her.

Find out more about Jack Drum Arts' DurhamWorks offer.

Posted in Our Stories on May 10, 2018

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