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Makayla Williamson

Makayla Williamson

Volunteer at Childline

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Biography

​Makayla returned to campus for the 2015 Psychology Alumni Conference in April 2015.

How does it feel to be back?

It feels strange but nice! I'm really pleased to be back in Leeds and catching up with my friends from University.
 

What are you currently up to?

I'm saving for a Masters course and also volunteering for Childline.  I volunteer once a week and will continue to do so for a year.  I get a great deal of satisfaction from this, especially when I can hear from the conversation the change I am making to people's lives.  Quite often for the first thirty minutes the person I'm supporting won't say much and they find it hard to talk but then as we build trust and rapport the change becomes very noticeable.

I primarily volunteered for the experience but I thoroughly enjoy it, I fell in to the role when I was looking for a job.  I may not be paid for this work and it is very demanding,  but I find it truly inspirational.

What would be your perfect job?

I'm not sure.  Initially I thought I'd like to work in a prison but after my voluntary role with Childline I think something in the field of Counselling would suit me best.

How would you describe yourself in three words?

Fun, determined and caring.