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Ben’s Story


 My Name is Ben and I am 22 years old and

have been unemployed since leaving school

 and have not been able to gain employment.

 I am currently staying in accommodation at the

YMCA in Accrington and have been there now for

 just over a Year.

 I recently found out about Bolton YMCA through a partnership organisation who told me about international work experience abroad going ahead with Bolton YMCA. I took part in the opportunity I found it really rewarding and wanted to get involved in more opportunities and one of the workers told me about a project coming up called The Learning Cafe and how this could also lead to another opportunity internationally.

 I signed up for The Learning Cafe as I through it would be good for me to improve my confident, have the chance to go on another trip and improve on my leadership skills. I also hope for it to help me look into trying to gain employment working as a youth worker as this is a job I am particular interested in.

I attended The Learning Cafe where I worked on the skills and was able to take part in a trip to Bulgaria completing work experience. I also created my CV through a CV Sessions, took part in team building exercises and learned interview techniques and now I feel more comfortable applying for jobs/training opportunities.

 This work experience abroad allowed me to gain more confidence, skills and knowledge. I was able to improve on my team work and leadership skills and now have experience working with Young People and it should stand me in good stead for a future in Youth Work.

 I now feel I have a better my chances of finding employment. I would recommend The Learning Cafe and the international volunteering. I have now enrolled on another “Talent Match” which is being run through Bolton YMCA and now been completing job applications and hope you gain employment soon.

Liam’s story



I am Liam and I am 22 years old and want to change

the world, I have never worked and want to do

positive things with my time to make a difference.


I have been involved in the YMCA through the Talent Match programme since June and this has given me opportunities to volunteer within the YMCA and take part in a international project to Romania which build up my confidence and allowed me to achieve. From being a part of the YMCA a found out about the learning cafe and wanted to attend.

My time on the learning cafe I learnt to be part of a team and I’ve also learnt:

-team building skills

-problem solving skills

-communication skills

-leadership skills

I think that I’m more than ever ready to volunteer and im in a better place now having completed the learning cafe.

The learning cafe gave me another opportunity to go abroad to Bulgaria. I believe that the skills I have possessed from my first project and the learning cafe has helped me complete the Bulgaria project.

I have gained more confidence in changing the world and will carry on volunteering and will not stop until it has changed.