Age 18, Blackpool, Lancashire
It seems like volunteering and social action has always been a part of my life – I first started when I was eight years old, at my local community centre. I really enjoyed volunteering with groups for the elderly people in my area, and helping out with one of my big hobbies, computers and technology.
This led on to signing up for Fylde Coast Be Involved when I was fourteen. It seemed like a great way to do even more work within my community, starting off with a Peer Mentoring course. As my confidence grew, I joined and quickly became Chair of the Blackpool Voluntary Youth Forum, leading the rebrand of the group to become Blackpool Youth Voice with a new website and logo. I love using the Internet to create new ways of engaging young people and making it easier for them to get involved with their community.
Now I’m a member of the British Youth Council’s Youth Parliament, alongside working with Blackpool Youth Voice and continuing with my hobby of developing its website. I also sit on Youth Potential steering groups and I’m supporting fundraising to widen Further and Higher Education opportunities for young people, so I’ve got plenty of social action to keep me busy!