Jaimy (voluntary work)
“I am very grateful to T4YF for the great opportunities and the educational lessons.”
In 2022, I was introduced to Time 4 Your Future during my school years. We were given interesting masterclasses and then assigned to do 80 hours of volunteer work. I thought this was a great initiative because otherwise I would not have done this on my own.
I immediately started looking for a volunteer position and ended up at Youz. Youz is a location with all kinds of departments where children from 6 to 23 years old can be admitted clinically as well as outpatiently. The children/young adults are often admitted internally with complaints such as: trauma, attachment problems, ADHD, autism, depression and suicidality. This location appealed to me because I enjoy working with children and I was looking for more of a challenge when it comes to connecting with children with these problems. Not only that appealed to me, but also being able to learn more about the psychiatric side of mental health care seemed interesting to me.
After my intake, I started in the De Schuit department, which at the time was a clinical department with children from 6 to 12 years old. The problems ranged from autism to trauma. The first few days I didn’t really know what to expect, but I quickly found my place with great colleagues and lovely children. I was given the task of doing 1-on-1 activities with a child every Tuesday. We often went shopping and baked or cooked something for dinner. The children seemed to enjoy this very much.
After a few weeks of volunteering, I couldn’t let go of work and became more motivated to fight for a place as an intern on the Youz site. However, this seemed impossible because I had an MBO education and not a HBO education. After many emails and regular rejection, my classmate and I were able to get a place at Youz as an intern.
After doing an internship for a year, I was offered a job and have been working as a sociotherapist in the clinical department of Het Koraal since June 2023. I am very grateful to T4YF for the great opportunities and educational lessons.