Hannah SnowdonI have been in post as the Clubs & Groups Youth Worker for Dorset Youth Association since October 2017. I work part time, supporting youth clubs and groups across Dorset through our affiliation process. This support ranges from template policy and procedures, DBS checks, access to training, safeguarding support, national and local updates (including government guidance), networking opportunities, funding opportunities, to being able to offer affiliated groups a discounted rate on their insurance.

I am a JNC qualified youth worker, gaining a BA (Hons) in Youth & Community Work from Plymouth Marjon University. My journey into youth work started as a young person, where I attended my local youth centre. As a young carer, my youth club gave me a chance to be myself – which developed a passion to provide that opportunity for others. I was lucky enough to be a young person in the height of the statutory youth service offer and was given the chance to be a member of my local Youth Parish Council, the local Youth Opportunity Fund group (a group of young people awarding grants to youth clubs and groups in the county), a senior member at the youth club and went on to be an adult volunteer at the local young carers support group.

I know first-hand the difference that youth clubs make and am testament to their empowerment. However, I know that traditional youth club sessions are not right for everybody, so I am keen to help organisations develop their offers, ensuring young people have access to the opportunities that are right for them – something that can be tricky in such a rural county!

I am constantly inspired by the people in Dorset who are working relentlessly for the benefit of young people and am grateful to Dorset Youth Association for the chance to be part of that.