Why I love my job – Julia Young

People serving in the military can be separated from their partners
and families for long spells – especially if they are posted
abroad, sometimes to trouble spots.

So one of the Almond Tree project’s purposes is to support these
families, although we are there for civilians too.

I plan, organise and deliver our Incredible Years child and parent
training programme. The aim is to provide activities that help
develop parenting skills, to create positive behaviour in children
and strengthen family relationships. We also help children develop
their social skills and self-esteem.

Part of my work involves visiting schools to deliver
keep-yourself-safe messages.

I run support groups for families suffering from stress and
outreach programmes in the community. I also organise school
holiday schemes for children at risk of social exclusion and those
with disabilities. Children still remind me of days like our visit
to the local nature reserve. To think I am part of a happy
childhood memory feels great

The enthusiasm of the families that use our services never fails to
amaze me. Every day, in all weathers, I am greeted by families on
the project’s doorstep waiting for us to open. What greater source
of motivation could one have than this?

I have seen remarkable changes in families who are ready and
willing to try something new. This again gives me tremendous job

I love working closely as part of a dedicated and supportive team.
If I can make a difference to a family, however small, it is

On a professional level my job has provided me with training
opportunities to develop my skills.

I would recommend this job to anyone with good communication
skills, an interest in people and, most of all, a good sense of

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