Age 17, Milton Keynes
When I was younger, I was lucky enough to have the support of caring parents who instilled in me independence and strength and showed me that helping others can only benefit the community we live in. Now that I’m older, I feel like it’s time for me to give something back.
I know that some people think that the youth of today just don’t care, so I decided to challenge that stereotype by volunteering on Sunday mornings in the café at our local care village for elderly residents. I really enjoy spending time with the residents, helping them and chatting with them, and it’s lovely to be able to bring a smile to someone’s face. I’m also into swimming, so I volunteer at my local swimming club to help the children’s disability group. Working with younger children is so rewarding, which is why I’m also a young leader with my local Rainbows group. I try to be a positive, strong role model for the girls.
Helping others has also made me realise that when I’m older, I’d like to become a nurse. I think it’ll be a great way to put the care and compassion I’ve developed through my social action into a career in service.