Firstly, there's the handy realisation that my jokes aren't funny and that I get the impression I should stop saying them!! The next realisation is that being only 20 years old and starting pretty much full time youth work with Catalyst, and part time study with South West Youth Ministries (SWYM), with the experiences I have had to date has been surprising to see this much transformation in my life, holistically! I have experienced a brand new culture in Tavistock that you don't experience in the small towns in Bristol where I was brought up. The people are different, the community is closer-knit and thus more welcoming, the town is more attractive to look at and the young people have been a joy to work with.
I have enjoyed the work at Catalyst so much and developed such a bond with the place that saying goodbye will be painful for me. The friends I have made, the teams I have worked with, the young people I have connected with and the parents too have made this a remarkable experience. I thank God for the opportunities I have been given each and every day I have been here and have put in my best efforts to engage with them, help and support them, make them laugh, put a smile on their face, serve them and be a positive role model for them.
I could not thoroughly recommend the work of Catalyst any more than I do. They are selfless in their work and they want the very best for the young people. Whether that's supporting them through tough challenges in mentoring sessions, or whether it's playing some games and just meeting them where they are at, they put in 100% and their passion for youth work is not to be taken lightly. I'm looking forward to the great stories and to hear how the young people are being supported in the future.
My final thanks fall to all the people who have worked with me, who have had to put up with my terrible jokes and my weird sense of humour. The people who have supported me and worked with me closely through my circumstances and times of need. To the young people who have been open to my help and support and my fore-mentioned humour! And finally a special thanks to my boss Trudi Massey, and Graham Boot-Handford & Geoff Orton for the support and love I have received from them. To my Church, King's - you have been a highlight of my time here and may God bless you richly!
Another special thanks to the families who have given me a place to stay when I needed one during my time here: Nick and Hazel Butland, Jeremy and Phenella Harvey, Matt and Kate Trewartha-Wyatt, David and Kathy Palmer, Geoff and Lorraine Orton, and Nick and Trudi Massey. Your hospitality has been incredible and have made me laugh and welcomed me to Tavistock amazingly well.
As I move on to my next challenge with Moorlands Bible College, Bournemouth starting a 3-Year Theology Degree, I will never forget how amazing you have been. Please stay amazing :)
Goodbye and farewell,