Age 17, Ballymena, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland
Over the past year I’ve got involved with the National Citizens Service programme (NCS). I started off as a participant last year, and then I was thrilled to be selected as a peer volunteer to provide support to other young people. This year I had an interview to be a peer mentor on an NCS social action project, and I was so happy to be chosen.
Through peer volunteering, I facilitated discussions about mental health and suicide awareness. Giving speeches and presentations to small groups with NCS has given me a massive confidence boost – I was also able to share my experiences at the 2015 #iwill Northern Ireland anniversary event.
Starting out on my social action journey, I wanted to do something a bit different by getting involved in my local community to raise awareness of current social issues for young people. I’m now a proud member of the Northern Ireland NCS Regional Youth Board, where I enjoy listening to others’ concerns and ideas and speaking up for others without a voice. I hope that through this I can improve NCS programmes for other young people.