Nicola Malpass, 22, from Edgware. Nutmeg has been a part of her life since she was 16, she went from taking part in activities to being a volunteer events coordinator. She recently graduated from university with a First Class Honors in Business Management. This is her story
I first got involved with Nutmeg Community when I took part in their “Grab Ur Mic” project. I became aware of this project, due to the fact that they were advertising it at my school as an educational activity to do over the summer. I have always been told that I’m quite a funny person, so the fact that I could use my sense of humor in order to replicate the confidence that is seen by stand-up comedians appealed to me very much.
As each session went by, I grew more in confidence and as a result I was able to perform to a group of people I had never met before, discover how good I was at being on a stage and make lasting friendships. These friendships that I had made, particularly with those within Nutmeg Community, eventually led me to volunteer with them as an Events Coordinator. From volunteering with Nutmeg Community I have learnt many interpersonal skills as well as how important it is to give back to your community. From the experience I have realised the great joy a person can get from helping other young people get one step closer to their dream.
I would recommend Nutmeg Community to other people, for them to either volunteer with or participate in one of their programs, because from witnessing them in action you learn to grab any opportunity that comes your way, no matter how small, as everything you do will create a better you. All those years ago I grabbed my “mic” and, because of Nutmeg Community, I haven’t let go since.