Age 16, Prestatyn, Denbighshire, Wales
When I moved to Prestatyn a few years ago, I didn’t know anybody. Joining youth groups and taking part in volunteering helped me to get to know the new community I lived in, and as a bonus I made lots of new friends. I’m now involved in my community every single day.
Getting involved in lots of different activities means that you can meet people of all ages and walks of life. With the Young Dragons, I’ve worked with the community over North Wales at numerous events as a marshal, a fundraiser and a general event helper, and on three occasions I’ve taken part in the Royal Voluntary Service GrandFest and spoken with older people to share memories and experiences. Within my youth groups, I mentor and guide younger members so they can have someone to look up to – I’m now trained to be a Young Leader with my Guide group, 1st Meliden Guides.
I’m really glad I got involved in social action. I’ve grown in confidence and developed social, communication and life skills, and I’m so proud of the worthwhile things I do. I’d love to work in the community when I leave education.