Some people think youth clubs and Scouts are just about having fun. They definitely are, but for me, they were also the springboards I needed to get into social action.
I always admired the adults and volunteers who went out of their way to help me and I decided that I wanted to be a part of that. For my Duke of Edinburgh’s Award I volunteered at my local youth club, with the Scouts and at an animal rescue centre. This was only the beginning though, and I soon started helping other volunteers at a local homeless shelter, and getting involved in local environmental work supported by the National Lottery, like litter-picking and preserving natural habitats. I’ve also participated in sponsored events for the Teenage Cancer Trust in the past couple of years – at the age of 15, my best friend died after battling cancer, so it’s a cause close to my heart.
I love inspiring others to get involved in social action too, so I’m always on social media, letting people know what’s going on in our local area, and what they can do to help. Nowadays I spend a few hours a week volunteering, becoming a better leader, more open minded, and much more confident.