Name
Annie Bocock

Age and location
22
Lincoln

What led you to be here today and prompted you to want to join the FVG?
It should be far easier for young people to find meaningful, paid work.I dropped out of university and found that getting work despite your experience or education can be hard for young people. I was mentally vulnerable and working-class, two barriers which left me in NEET status. Nowadays, I’m in a minimum wage retail job, whilst I earn enough money to restart university. Alongside that I do an enormous amount of unpaid voluntary work.

What are you up to now? (eg. In work/study/looking for work/volunteering)
I’m working in retail until September when hopefully I should be restarting university. Alongside this, I’m currently volunteering for a range of organisations.

What is most important to you in your life right now?
Returning to university is a high priority. Previously it was not a healthy environment for me, so choosing the university I attend and preparing to start again is really important.

Activism and volunteering are important to me. I feel like I’m evolving into the person I want to be and it’s really exciting. I’m having a lot of fun gaining new skills, meeting new people and learning new things.

What sort of changes do you want to be involved in making as part of the FVG?
I want to make tangible, measurable, inclusive and sustainable change. Helping the Youth Futures make decisions that would best impact young people’s chances of securing meaningful work, being an ambassador for the organisation and the issue of youth employment. I want to be able to use design-thinking to ideate new ways that we can make impact.