Age 16, Blackpool, Lancashire
You can start social action anywhere – I started in my school. It’s really important to me to get along with everyone in my school community. I wanted to try and help out anyone who might be struggling, so I signed up to the Headstart Peer Mentoring Scheme. Now I’ve gone on to complete both the ‘Introduction to Peer Mentoring’ course and the ‘Understanding Peer Mentoring’ course.
To support the work that Headstart does I now sit on their executive board, attending various meetings and events, alongside continuing to volunteer as a peer mentor. Peer mentoring also inspired me to join Blackpool Youth Voice (BYV), using the good relationships I’d built within my school to collect 1000 ballot papers for their Make Your Mark campaign by my second week – we reached 8893 votes in total! I was proud to win a joint award with BYV from the High Sheriff of Lancashire.
After acting as communications liaison and managing the social media for BYV, I’ve now moved on to recruitment and general enquiries. These levels of responsibility will definitely prove useful when I go on to a career in the RAF in a few years’ time, after years of service in the RAF Cadets.