Age 17, Derbyshire
In 2012 I became an Anti-Bullying Ambassador at school, and haven’t looked back since. I’ve been part of the TV documentary ‘Bullied’ with Jodie Marsh, visiting a school in Barnsley which had major problems with bullying to give workshops to staff and students. We turned the school around and it’s now recognised for its anti-bullying work. After seeing the documentary, other schools requested help, so we hosted training days for them. I’ve also created an anti-bullying team at my new school, training them to help others and reducing the number of students being bullied by almost a third. I’m now part of the Diana Award’s anti-bullying Youth Board, and I recently visited Facebook HQ in Dublin with them to give advice on making Facebook safer for young people.
Through all this I’ve become much more outgoing – now, I wouldn’t be scared about standing up and talking to hundreds of people, but two years ago I would find any excuse to get out of talking in front of a class. I’ve decided I want a career in youth, community and social work, so I can continue making a difference, because that’s what I love doing more than anything.