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Heather's story

"I'm a volunteer youth worker in the Edinburgh office. I decided to seek out a volunteer role at LGBTYS at a time when I was unhappy in my job and really missing the sense of community I’d experienced as part of my LGBT group at university.

It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made: not only do I feel like I’m giving back to the community, but helping LGBT+ young people to meet and socialise with their peers and to have the kind of opportunities that didn’t exist for me growing up makes my role as a volunteer extremely fulfilling. I've now been volunteering at LGBTYS for 5 years and am pursuing a career change into mental health, helped greatly by the work experience I've gained as a youth worker.

Each evening spent in group is filled with banter and I always come home feeling energised and with a smile on my face. I've also learnt so much through the various workshops run in the youth groups, many of which are given by the young people themselves. I’d recommend volunteering at LGBTYS to anyone!"

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