Posted: 20 March 2019

Practitioner Stories: Maisha Khanom

Maisha, shares her story about being a youth worker at Beam.

Beam provides drop-in services across the Midlands where children and young people can talk about anything affecting their emotional health and well-being.

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What is your background and how has your experience helped at Beam?

I've worked in social care for a long time now, I think almost six and a half years. For the last four years I’ve worked with mental health. I’ve always tried to use my creativity at work and that’s what I try to do at Beam. I get that talking can be quite daunting, so when I work with young people, I try to engage them in different ways. This could be creative writing, drawing, rapping… anything!

What are your main responsibilities at Beam?

My main responsibility is to support people who access the drop ins. I’ll work with young people individually or together with their families and help them with anything that is on their mind.

Who are the children that use your service most?

Children and young people of Sandwell, Wolverhampton, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin

What's the best part of your job?

This is going to sound so cheesy but it's making a difference to people’s lives. I struggled a lot when I was younger so it’s an amazing feeling being able to support people who need the help now.

What is your most memorable moment in the service so far?

Something that has really stuck with me was when a young person told me that at Beam it was the first time they didn’t feel judged and they felt safe to open up. 

What are your hopes for young people who use the service?

My hope is that every young person feels they were listened to and respected when they use the service. I want every young person to feel that they have somewhere safe they can go when things get too much and know that there will always be people who are there to help them.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

I’m a bookworm and I like to read as many books as possible. Each year I set myself a challenge to read 100 books… but I haven’t reached that yet. The furthest I’ve got is 73 books in a year - I’ll let you know if I ever reach 100.

What animal would you be and why?

A panda! They’re so cute and all they do is eat and sleep and roll around. That sounds so fun.

Where's the next place you'd like to travel to?

Munich, Germany. I love castles and old buildings. I’d also like to test out my German speaking skills...Auf Wiedersehen!

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