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Reaping Rewards Working with young people is really rewarding – it’s surprising, challenging and fun. Community charity Groundwork Luton & Bedfordshire is asking those interested in helping others on a basis that suits them to apply for flexible, parttime youth work positions on offer at several Bedfordshire youth clubs. If you or someone you know is interested in getting involved, now is the perfect time. Groundwork runs evening youth clubs across the whole of Central Bedfordshire, funded by Central Bedfordshire Council. As well as supporting the young people themselves, the youth clubs offer opportunities to those who work there, too. Some people become ‘sessional’ youth workers to share a special skill or interest with others. Others see it as a chance to test out whether a career in youth work is for them – or to give them valuable real-world experience while they’re studying for a youth work or social work qualification. Catherine says: “I was unsure of what I wanted to do as a career when I finished university. I became a sessional youth worker two years ago and haven’t looked back. Every session is unique; I get to do all sorts, from teaching skills like cooking to producing a dance show and even just having a laugh with the young people. The best thing about being a youth worker is the feeling that you’re making a difference and watching the young people grow and develop is the most rewarding part. From starting as a volunteer to becoming a Lead Youth Worker, Groundwork has given me many opportunities and helped my development whilst workin