18-year-old Louis Stokes started volunteering for the NSPCC aged 11. Since then, he has helped influence a change in the law around sex and relationships education and recently became one of the youngest counsellors for ChildLine in the UK. In this role he offers support and guidance to some of the most vulnerable young people in the UK, often in life threatening situations. At school Louis was Chairman of his school council, and has influenced both the school curriculum and teacher recruitment policies. Louis has also volunteered for the National Citizen Service, supporting young people to create their own social action projects and advising on leadership programmes. Closer to home, Louis has been campaigning in his local community for better access to mental health services for children and young people in Sheffield. Louis will start at university in October 2014.
Speaking about his new appointment Louis said: I am absolutely honoured to be a trustee for Step Up To Serve. I can bring a wealth of knowledge of social action and contacts from charities across the UK. I hope to develop my understanding of working as a trustee and represent Step Up To Serve at different events.