Lily was required to undertake a work-based placement as part of her Child and Adolescent Mental Health degree at university. Following a conversation with n-compass, she decided that a placement with their Butterfly & Phoenix Project would provide the best learning experience.

The Butterfly and Phoenix team managers recognised Lily’s particular skills and enthusiasm, so they created a specific role assisting the trained counsellors in supporting secondary school children dealing with anxiety, depression and self-harm. Alongside supporting Lily’s academic studies, the placement provided valuable work experience – undertaking various administrative tasks, sending out informational packs and updating reports. These responsibilities also helped enhance Lily’s communication skills and confidence.

Lily’s placement manager commented, “Lily has been a huge help to our service. As well as supporting the team, Lily liaises with other professionals and parents and is a listening ear for many struggling to look after their child’s mental health”.

Lily enjoyed being part of such a remarkable team. The experience strengthened her understanding of the work and clarified her future aspirations. Lily realised that she enjoyed working collaboratively within a supportive team, contributing her skills and positively impacting the lives of children and young people.