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Hear from Holly and Ciaren

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Holly’s story

“As a student volunteer, I was located at one of Look Ahead’s homelessness and complex needs services in Hammersmith and Fulham. The placement was great, I really enjoyed it and I learnt so much whilst I was there. The whole team were really helpful and accommodating to my needs. They were so welcoming and after just two weeks I felt like a part of the team.

There were so many great training opportunities, such as drug and alcohol training and Psychologically Informed Environments (PIE). The whole team were really enthusatic and encouraged me to try new things. I even got to join in at a Choir with No Name rehearsal which was great; I’d encourage anyone to attend one!

The placement has been so influential in shaping my plans for the future; I would like to work in homelessness after I graduate. I am so grateful for the opportunity Look Ahead provided.”

Ciaren’s story

“I volunteered at a mental health service in Islington and I had a brilliant experience. I got a broad range of exposure to the day to day needs of those in mental health crisis, and their team are incredible - hard working, compassionate, empathetic and much more.

What I noticed from my work with Look Ahead is that I was willing to 'muck in' and help with anything whenever a spare pair of hands were needed. It's a busy setting with competing demands on people’s time. I found being part of the team really rewarding.”

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