TAMWORTH’S Simone Nott “absolutely loves” her job.
In fact, she describes it as the best one she has ever had.
The Joblink Plus Youth Connections consultant said working with young people fulfils her urge to help people and also her mission to make a difference.
“When I was at school I could see a big difference between my relationship with my mum and my friends’ relationships with their parents and that got me thinking about what makes mine different,” Ms Nott said.
“I realised that my mum actually just listened, and I thought I can do that.
“I can give people the opportunity to have someone listen to them who actually genuinely cares.”
Ms Nott works with up to 65 youths to try and address barriers that may be preventing them from staying engaged in school or education.
As part of Youth Week 2014, she has also helped organise Tamworth’s “massive” Youth Week Festival at Bicentennial Park, which takes place today from 12pm to 6pm.
Speaking on the beginning of construction of Tamworth’s newest youth centre at Coledale, Ms Nott said the facility was “essential” for the region’s youth.
“There is definitely a big gap in our community in giving young people the opportunity to band together and have a place where there are accepted, supported and encouraged to discover who and what they are,” she said.
“And with the youth hub run out of the one place I think it’s just brilliant. I’m really excited for it to take place.”