Age 16, Essex
For the past five years, I’ve been involved in social action in various ways. As a Sea Cadet, I often used to volunteer to do bag packing at Morrison’s in Chingford in support of various local causes. At school, I help out at various school events, as well as being Deputy Head Boy, a Prefect, and part of the Student Voice leadership team. I’m also an accelerated reading mentor, helping children in Year 7 and Year 8 who find reading difficult, and I’ve single-handedly run an inclusive drama club since 2013.
As Drama and Performing Arts Ambassador at school I’ve encouraged students from different cultures, ethnicities, and social backgrounds to be involved in drama, as well as those with special needs and disabilities such as dyslexia and autism. I’m keen to make sure the arts are available to all. What’s more, I’m also a Youth Councillor for Epping Forest, where I’ve helped organise environmental youth volunteering days, a youth conference for 90 young people, and an anti-bullying campaign ‘#U R Not Alone’, to name just a few.
I’m proud to say that I’ve been recognised for these achievements with two Jack Petchey Awards, and all in all, I think social action has really helped me become a more rounded, caring and considerate person.