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BLOG: Why I became a Young Ambassador

09 December 2020

In September, we launched ‘Insights from Network’s Young Ambassadors’ which is a new series of blogs about issues in society through the eyes of young people. We’ve caught up with one of our Young Ambassadors, Aaliyah Collymore, to find out more about her. Here she tells us why she volunteered for the role and difference she wants to make in her community.

Why I became a Young Ambassador

by Aaliyah Collymore

"I’ve chosen to be a Young Ambassador as it’s an opportunity for me to share my opinion with people in my community, and work with Network Homes on my ideas to inspire others, including residents in my area (Brent) to come together and create a positive environment for everyone. I believe this volunteer role will help me to gain knowledge of the housing sector and everyday life, to develop new skills, such as being able to work as a team and build on my self-confidence.

Being a Young Ambassador will help me to grow as a person, as I feel like being extremely confident is not one of my strong points. It will broaden my support network, expose me to people with common interests and give me the chance to work with other people to build the community spirit in my neighbourhood.

I will also use what I learn from this experience to help me explore possible career opportunities. I am interested in becoming a paramedic and believe interacting with others, as a Young Ambassador, will be helpful in the future.

I’m currently working with Network Homes on a community project idea I have that will encourage residents and members of the public to dispose of their litter responsibly and maintain clean living environments. The project will include community activities such as litter picking competitions in your local area or park.

I would also like to hold an event that brings local residents together as I feel this would be a good way to nurture communities which we need more now than ever before because of the current pandemic."

Want to become a Young Ambassador?

If you or someone in your household is aged 16 to 26 and would like to join Aneeqa and Aaliyah as a Young Ambassador, get in touch with our Resident Engagement Team to find out more information. You can contact them at get-involved@networkhomes.org.uk or complete our online Get involved form and they get in touch with you.

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