30/10/2018

To celebrate and showcase the progress of its former attendees, city centre charity, OPEN Youth Trust (OPEN) is calling for those who once used the charity as a young person to come forward and share their stories of how coming to OPEN affected their lives.

To celebrate and showcase the progress of its former attendees, city centre charity, OPEN Youth Trust (OPEN) is calling for those who once used the charity as a young person to come forward and share their stories of how coming to OPEN affected their lives.

Katie Kershaw, a former member of the Youth Forum and volunteer at OPEN who now works as an equine vet, says: “Volunteering with OPEN was very useful for job and university applications, as well as helping me complete my Bronze and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards. OPEN helped develop my research and presentation skills, which I still use regularly to this day. It gave me the confidence to stand up in front of a room full of strangers and give a clear concise talk, then network with VIPs, MPs and members of the Royal Family.  I have a lot of fond memories of working with OPEN over the years, and count myself incredibly lucky to have had all these opportunities and experiences.”

OPEN’s Chief Executive, John Gordon-Saker, said: “We’re looking to show just how much of a positive impact the opportunities we provide can have on the life of a young person. It doesn’t have to be a life-changing experience over multiple years, as everything achieved by our young people is worth celebrating, no matter how small. If you think you have a story worth sharing then please come forward.”

To get in touch with OPEN and to share your story please email matthew@opennorwich.org.uk or call 01603 252113.

PHOTO CAPTION:

Katie Kershaw at work – please credit Katie Kershaw

Katie Kershaw (far right) as part of Fashion Show in 2006 at OPEN