Tydd youth worker earns Kids Are Alright Challenge nomination by volunteering at Albanian missionary

VOLUNTEER Katie Stone has spent the last week caring for homeless people in a missionary in Albania - and the teenager has returned to Fenland to be named as our latest Kids Are Alright nominee.

The 19-year-old, from Tydd Gote, volunteers as a youth worker across Fenland and works at Krazy Dayz Nursery in Walsoken.

By travelling to help vulnerable people in Albania, Katie achieved her lifelong ambition to volunteer overseas.

She said: “I had always wanted to volunteer in another country - I’ve got a few dreams and I chase them. They taught me the basics of Albanian but it’s more about just listening.”

Katie normally volunteers at a youth club in Elm, helping teenagers with their problems and leading activities.

She said: “I had quite a hard time at school and that’s made me passionate about youth work and making a difference. I feel like I can support others from what I’ve been through myself.

“I always wanted to work with children - I have said that since I was a little girl myself. It’s nice to give something back to the community and see such good results from what you’re doing.

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“I try to talk problems over with them. I’m someone to speak to for people who haven’t always got someone.”

• Katie is the third nomination in contention for this month’s Kids Are Alright Challenge prize. We’re still hunting for youngsters who are making a difference in Fenland. To nominate a young person or youth group, fill in the form on our website or email your nomination to: robert.setchell@archant.co.uk

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