“Hearing the feedback and thank you messages from the young people who spend Christmas with us makes it all worthwhile.”
I have been volunteering with The Topé Project for the last five years. The project is named for Topé, a 23-year-old care leaver who took his own life in 2010. His death had a profound impact on the young people who knew him, and this group came together to look out for and support one another. We are a youth-led project run entirely by volunteers, aiming to combat loneliness amongst young care leavers.
I got involved when a youth adviser where I used to work asked for help to set up the first big event. Since then I have helped organise a Christmas Day event each year for young people who have been in care and don’t have families to spend Christmas with.
Getting everything organised for the big day can be quite stressful! But all the hard work comes together and it is a great feeling when the day is a success. Hearing the feedback and thank you messages from the young people who spend Christmas with us makes it all worthwhile.
It is also a privilege to work with the other volunteers. They are the most amazing bunch of people and totally embody the project’s message of positivity and love.