Age 13, Dorset
I first got involved in social action three years ago when I joined my school’s Student Council. Since then, I’ve Chaired my local Youth Council, earned a ticket to Free The Children’s We Day, represented my school at Downing Street on behalf of the IF campaign to end global hunger, and campaigned on causes like anti-bullying, LBGTQI+ rights, climate change and women’s rights. I’m currently volunteering to help the NHS with their clinical commissioning review.
Through social action I’ve been able to impact the lives of others in a positive way. Money I’ve raised has gone to help children both locally and on the other side of the world. I’ve also gained so much confidence, too. I used to be really shy, but now I’ve spoken about social issues in front of hundreds of people! What’s more, I’ve become a much better team leader and now I’m able to work with my team instead of charging off ahead like I sometimes used to. My outlook on life has also changed, which I think has made me a better friend – understanding others’ issues has helped me become more compassionate and caring, and I can appreciate now how privileged I am.
Social action has also inspired me to start blogging about my experiences and opinions with other young people, and show them that you’re never too young to start speaking out.