Age 15, West Sussex
As a Young Carer, I haven’t had an easy time of it, particularly after one of my family members was hospitalised and I had to move in with my grandparents. Staying involved with the West Sussex Duke of Edinburgh team helped me by giving me something to focus on – I’ve set up a young people’s Voice Group to inform the running of the Duke of Edinburgh Award in the county, and my drive to make sure that the voices of my peers are heard has kept me pushing forward.
I’ve shared views and ideas with other young people involved with Duke of Edinburgh by running meetings and designing questionnaires on an online system for over 7500 participants all under the age of 25. My efforts have managed to show that young people are capable of sharing their views as active participants of the Award. I also take part in schools outreach, bringing more young people into the group and adding to the diversity of the views we put forward. As the result of a TED Talk at a regional Duke of Edinburgh event, we managed to receive a grant of £500 to expand the Voice Group even further, which I’m so proud of.