Savannah always knew she wanted to work with children but was never sure how this might play out. She studied psychology and worked as a nanny before volunteering.
“I started by volunteering in the school holidays on playschemes. I then had the opportunity to support some of the stay and play sessions as well as the preschool. That’s the great thing about The Hamlet: there is the chance to experience working with lots of different age groups as well as varying needs. The centre really listened to what I wanted to gain from volunteering to see whether they could accommodate me.”
Savannah shared how her first week at The Hamlet made such an impression on her life plans “I was so nervous and worried on that first day. I was thinking, what if I can’t handle this and fail looking after these children? The staff team were so helpful and reassuring. It was the best week ever. I truly feel I discovered my passion before the week was up. It was brilliant.”
Savannah goes on to explain some of the challenges of volunteering “Some of the children have very difficult behaviours and/or complex health needs. It’s physically and mentally challenging. I always take my running shoes with me as it can be a real workout sometimes!”
“The Hamlet has a really caring work environment. I have grown in confidence. I am naturally quite a self-doubting person, but it is so good to be in a place where I can see myself growing.”
Savannah explained one of her most memorable experiences whilst volunteering at The Hamlet “A little boy at nursery who has very limited speech and was non-verbal when he started, came up to me one day, pulled me down to his level and gave me this massive hug. He then said the word ‘hug’. It felt amazing and really told me what a difference I was able to make to his little life.”