Volunteer stories

Helpline Volunteers are the life blood of Get Connected and without them we wouldn’t be able to respond to the thousands of vulnerable young people who need our service.  Each of our Helpline Volunteers directly helps over 200 young people each year. If you think you might like to be one of them, please click here for more information.

Sanaz MehdipourSanaz Mehdipour

“Most of us can remember a particular struggle when we were young and more importantly the person who helped us to turn it around.  Not everyone is lucky enough to have that.

As a volunteer for Get Connected, I feel proud to be part of a team that helps young people in some of the most distressing times of their lives.  To be trusted by a young person, to be able to offer them a safe place to explore their issues and knowing that you had a hand in them making a better choice, is a simple yet incredibly rewarding privilege.  There’s not many ways you can get that in to your week and be thanked for it!”

Valerie Fry

“Ten years volunteering for Get Connected has passed so quickly.  I began when I was made redundant from the corporate world and wanted to do something useful. 

Photo of Val1Becoming a Helpline Volunteer put me in a position where I could directly help someone and make an immediate difference.   I’m often asked if I find it depressing talking to young people in crisis.  But actually, because they are young, there is still time to turn their lives around.  There’s always hope.  And that’s why I do it."

"I feel proud to be part of a team that helps young people in some of the most distressing times on their lives. "
Sanaz Mehdipour