A Trip Down Memory Lane... All About Yaz

The Christmas countdown has started and, before we get caught up in the festive spirit, it's time to take a trip down memory lane with Yaz…


What was your favourite song/band/type of music growing up?

Growing up my music taste was constantly changing.  I liked everything including boy bands like Take That, East 17 and 5ive to cheesy pop groups like Steps, The Vengaboys and S Club 7. One of my favourite songs was (and still is) Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls and I used to listen to it over and over. 

What was your favourite game/activity?

Growing up I loved to keep active.  I loved playing football, hockey and figure skating - well until I knocked myself out on the ice during a grading and that put me off for years.

What were you like when you were at school? What subjects were good/bad at?

I was quite quiet and shy at school. Despite being shy one of my favourite subjects was drama.  I also really enjoyed psychology and RME (Religious & Moral Education).  My least favourite subject was German and I have probably forgotten nearly all of it.

“When I was young”..........

I went to three different high schools, with one of them being just outside Blackpool.  When I first started my new school it took ages for people to actually talk to me.  I later found out it was because people were a bit frightened of me as they thought my accent made me sound scary! 

Tell us a random fact that no one knows about you...

I am scared of burst balloons.

What is your secret talent/party trick?

I don't really have a party trick but I do seem to be really good at remembering when people’s birthdays are!

What is your favourite memory of working at the Youth Agency?

There are so many to choose from but one of my favourite memories was when a group of young people that came to the Pyramid planned and performed a gig for all their friends and family.  They did amazing and everyone had a fab night.

What is the funniest thing that has happened when you have been working?

As part of our summer programme we had a messy fun day in the Quarry Park.  We all designed t-shirts and had to race to complete an assault course that had all sorts of messy activities.  By the end of the day everyone was covered in jelly, flour, beans and just general yuckiness and to top it off the young people then chased one of the members of staff around the field and covered them in treacle.

If you could invite anyone along to the Pyramid for a night who would it be and why?

I think I would invite Barack Obama as he started out as a Youth Worker and I think he would have some really interesting tales to tell.

Why/how did you become a Youth Worker?

I became a peer educator in high school and took part in a youth exchange to Malawi.  Around the same time I began volunteering at a community based drama group as I knew I wanted to work with children and young people but hadn't really heard about youth work.  The more involved I became in these projects the more I realised I wanted to become a Youth Worker.

What is the worst thing that has happened to you when you have been working?

One of the worst things that has happened to me was when we went on a residential and the whole weekend was a disaster.  We were in the middle of nowhere and had no phone signal, the accommodation was cold and "basic", the food was awful, the group we were with set the fire alarm off by using deodorant and had random alarm clocks going off during the night, it rained the whole time and we were doing outdoor activities so spent most of the time cold and soggy and to top it all off I came home and had a horrible blister on my face that became infected.  The group had a good time though.