Project Description

Deborah Mansell

Age 19, Shropshire

I grew up in a village with many challenges, where most people are in a poor economic situation, and sadly there are those in the community that feel little hope that anything can be changed. I want to inspire people to change things for the better.

A few years ago, I decided to do my Silver & Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards. For the social action element of this, I helped run a kids’ club for 8‐12 year olds in my village, which was really rewarding. I loved being able to provide the children with a space to have fun, be safe and know there are adults they can rely on. It got me into helping with a Venture summer camp, where I’ve been senior tent leader for the past three years, and Girlguiding, where I’ve spent five years running events and now volunteering as a trainee leader for the Brownies in my university town.

I’ve gained so much confidence through all these experiences – being in situations that take me out of my comfort zone has challenged what I thought I was capable of, really helping increase my self-esteem and self worth. I’ve learnt character skills for future work and life, and I know I’ll keep volunteering throughout university and beyond.