Please give a warm welcome to Charlotte Lavender, our new youth worker at the Juice Bar.
I became a youth worker a few years ago after doing a gap year with XLP & spending a short time in Ghana – Asante-Akyem working with young people there.Before I tell you why I love what I do lets go on a journey;Imagine running towards a 14 year old boy from Brazil, held at knife point on an estate in London in broad daylight because he had a mobile phone. He’s beaten while onlookers gather & eventually the attack is over…Here is just one of the heart-breaking & challenging things I’ve witnessed in my job. This is one of the brave young people’s lives I’ve had the opportunity to come alongside. I get the opportunity to partner with others who love them too & wanna work for their good. It is both a privilege to work with such inspiring & gifted young people & a burden to watch things like this take place. I love my job & am privileged to work with such a talented generation who I firmly believe, or rather know, can achieve great things! I long to see whole communities believing in this generation & supporting our young people to reach their full potentials.I grew up & still live amongst the thicket of bricks & glass of SE London. Since I was a teenager I’ve been prolifically writing lyrics & poetry in an attempt to illustrate & paint pictures of thoughts, sights & feelings through words.I became a Christian when I was 22, that was some journey I’d love to tell y’all about some time – best decision I will ever make!I love Nando’s, hanging out with my family & friends, running, horse riding & loads of other stuff too… I’m really grateful & glad to be part of the Regenerate family