Age 18, Leicester
I was always part of School Councils when I was growing up, but it was taking part in National Citizen Service (NCS) that really made a difference in my life. As part of a team I managed to help raise over £1000 in two weeks for Leicester’s Children’s Hospital Charity. My experience on NCS made me realise that I wanted to continue giving my spare time and skills to make an impact in my local community.
As a young person it can be hard to navigate the volunteering roles on offer – I found it difficult to find an opportunity that worked for me and my school timetable, but I persevered and eventually found something that was just right for me. I joined my local St John Ambulance Cadets and started volunteering with my local Rainbows group.
I love working with Rainbows – it gives girls a safe space outside of school where they can try new things and become empowered. It’s also great to inspire younger girls to learn about social issues and become involved in social action like fundraising. I’ve been selected to be an NCS mentor this summer, and I’m looking forward to guiding even more young people on their social action journey.