Maya

Name:

Maya

Age:

20

Music:

Latin, indie and soul

What are your interests and hobbies?
My interests are interior design, fashion design and photography. My hobbies are dancing, sewing and knitting. I have been knitting since I was five years old.

How long have you been coming to Rose Bowl?
I arrived in the UK from New Zealand in the autumn of 2020 and within a month we were in a pandemic lockdown in a country I didn't know. I didn't know anyone except my Mum who was vulnerable to covid so I was wary of everyone and lost my confidence. In 2022 I was introduced to Rose Bowl by a case worker. I had heard of it before but was too anxious to come on my own.

What do you do at Rose Bowl?
I started here at 19 so it was more like helping out with the younger ones and being able to re-find a connection with people again after the pandemic. I help with gardening, especially on the roof, and with the Summer Celebration events. I booked a studio over at Lift through Free Space and got back into dancing which I hadn't done for four years.

How has Rose Bowl helped you?
The youth workers at Rose Bowl became my support system. I was able to make new friends and be taken around London and explore, even using the trains was new. They helped me find work, so I had a job for a while though now I am a full time carer.

What are the most important things you have learnt?
The importance of overcoming fear to come to a new place. Also the importance of having a chat with someone that you might not think you would click with - you can learn so much. The culture is so different here. New Zealand is more laid back, everyone is very friendly and smiles at you. In London you have to get to know people more.

What is the most fun you have ever had?
Dawn got me to teach a group of 20 children how to make hot chocolate over a fire. A total mess but a great memory.

What would you say to a young person that has never been here before?
Trust me, come here a couple of times and it will become your second home. No matter how shitty your day, you can come here, and you will leave with a smile on your face.

Do you have any goals?
I would love to go to university to do an interior design degree and then redo the interior of Rose Bowl.

How is Rose Bowl helping you get there?
When I am ready to apply, I know that the youth workers will help me get there and also help me through it.

Last updated: 4/3/2024 07:14PM