YMCA Bedfordshire

Staff Spotlight

This month we ask Sophie our F4YP Activities Co-Ordinator the big questions.

Sophie Stock — F4YP

1- What does date job involve ?

Wow where do I start, F4YP offers after school and holiday activities to young people age 5-16years, along with additional pastoral support for the yp and their families. So some days I will spend in various meetings, and other days I am in a boat on the river, or if I’m really lucky, just in the river. But mainly my role is to keep the activities current, and make sure we are accessible to those that need us. I work closely with local schools and community groups to make sure we are getting the maximum reach for our service as well as working together to deliver the best support to the young people we work with.

2 -Why did you choose to work for YMCA Bedfordshire?

I love being a part of this project and YMCA Bedfordshire has given it a platform to grow and develop, my job is different everyday and I get to make a difference to young peoples lives.

3- What is your most memorable moment to date ?

There’s so many- being a finalist for the Youth Matters Awards, getting to take a group of YPs and be on Children in Need last year, but also it still hits home seeing the young peoples achievements each day, whether it is being part of a performance, soloing a canoe or paddleboard, or getting excited about reading an awesome book.

4- What would your dream project be?

If you know me you will know how much I like the sunshine and being outdoors, I would love to be able to provide F4YP users the opportunity to go abroad- many of our young people have never had a holiday so even the overnight camps for them is exciting but to give them the opportunity to explore the world would be amazing.

Rebecca — Business Operations Manager 

1 What does your job involve? 

I am responsible for F4YP, The 1844 Coffee Company and the back office admin provision at 43 Bromham Road. All three seem to involve cake – Happy days!

2 Why did you choose to work for YMCA Bedfordshire? 

Well I felt I had done all I could in my previous role and was looking for a new challenge. I didn’t specifically aim for YMCA Bedfordshire, but when I saw the job role it just fit! I much prefer to work in the Charity sector as I like people to come before profit/

3 What is your most memorable moment to date ?

Oh there have been so many! I literally fell into a resident flat whilst being shown around a project. I have eaten vast amounts of cake already. I have attend the YMCA National Conference and listened to, amongst other notable speakers, Alastair Campbell who was extolling the virtues of teaching politics in schools.

4 What would be your dream project within YMCA Bedfordshire ? 

I really desperately want a old Italian style 1844 coffee van! It would be fabulous if we could extend the reach of F4YP into the most deprived areas of our patch. There is also the small matter of the YMCA International conference in Thailand next year

Amy — Project Officer 

What does your job involve?

My job involves being the first point of call for our service users aged between 16-25. On a daily basis I find myself supporting residents emotionally by being there to listen, signposting to external agencies and services that our young people may be interested in, and helping them to develop and grow as individuals.

Why did you chose to work for YMCA Bedfordshire ?

I chose to work for YMCA Bedfordshire because I have grown up in Bedford and lived here all of my life. It appealed to me that I could work and give back to a community that I have grown up in. I also get great satisfaction from seeing our young people thrive.

What is you most memorable moment to date?

My most memorable moment to date, is being part of the Christmas Party 2016 team and helping to execute Christmas lunch for 57 people in 4 hours. The Christmas spirit and team morale was second to none!

What would your dream project be?

My dream YMCA Project, would be to working in a similar capacity to what I am now, but with more focus on youth offenders, rehabilitation, and their personal development to a life away from crime.


 Jake — Project Officer 

What does your job involve?

Supporting young people from different walks of life in their journey into independent living. I enjoy helping them developing their emotions, social skills, self confidence and understanding of things such as budgeting, all of which helps them successfully managing tenancies moving forward.

 Why did you choose to work for YMCA Bedfordshire?

I chose to work for YMCA Bedfordshire because it“s a great having a job which allows me to make a difference in people’s lives.

 What is your most memorable moment to date?

That would be when I called my line manager to come and look at some drugs paraphernalia I found on site, only to discover it was in fact someone’s sherbet dab!

 What would your dream project be?

I’d love to see the creation of a project that supports families and individuals with learning difficulties. Adapting to life with learning difficulties can have a huge impact on the persons family and friends too and these people often need support and guidance to both understand and support their loved one moving forward.  The project would offer peer and professional support to everyone involved. ( ED — Wow sounds great Jake, lets make this happen!) 

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