Charity work experience inspires Jessica and Megan to carry on giving.

Posted on 2nd July 2017

Two University of Chester students have had an inspiring placement with the young peoples’ charity Yellow House.  

Megan on City Talk with George McKane, Founder of Yellow House.
Megan on City Talk with George McKane, Founder of Yellow House.

Based in Liverpool ,Yellow House is a registered charity which utilises theatre, film and other techniques to help improve the emotional wellbeing of young people from socially excluded and disadvantaged backgrounds. 

Jessica Carroll, a Tourism Management student and Megan Boden, a Criminology student enjoyed an exciting and informative insight into the services Yellow House provide and the management skills needed within a third sector organisation. They were also able to talk to the young people visiting Yellow House and give them a greater insight into University life. 

Jessica is studying events and tourism in the Third Sector as part of her degree andwants to continue volunteering for Yellow House in the future. She said: “Yellow House has been such a inspiration to me. I attended a Liverpool Chamber of Commerce network event and it gave me an opportunity to be able to talk to other business representatives and grow my confidence. I have also developed my communication, negotiation and presenting skills.

“It really put into perspective how important the support of charities such as Yellow House is to young people. I couldn't be more grateful for the opportunity and I feel it has changed me as a person after being here for such a small amount of time. I wish to continue to support Yellow House as a volunteer my time in University.”

Jonny Hesketh, Director of Yellow House, said: “We are delighted to have had the students on board with us for their placements. Within a short time of them being here I could see that they connected well with the young people and provided such beneficial information and support. Also, I can see the effect that Yellow House has had on the students themselves with them creating friendships and listening to the inspirational stories has opened their eyes and broken down the barriers that young people face today.” 

Dr Maeve Marmion Programme Leader for International Tourism Management at the University of Chester, said: “These new placements are a fantastic opportunity for our students to gain valuable work experience in the growing third sector. We are particularly pleased to be working with Yellow House as they share our values of supporting young people and giving them the confidence and the tools they need to achieve their full potential.”