Work of vol­un­teer Anna is recog­nised as she gets spe­cial prize

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A COUNTY vol­un­teer has had her hard work and ded­i­ca­tion recog­nised af­ter win­ning a spe­cial Na­tional Vol­un­teer­ing Award from The Chil­dren’s So­ci­ety.

Anna Perry won the Luke Sharp Award for young vol­un­teer of the year. The 22-year-old has been vol­un­teer­ing with Pause, a drop in men­tal health sup­port ser­vice since 2017.

It was af­ter get­ting in­volved with some cam­paign­ing work that Anna be­came aware of the con­cept.

“In my first year at univer­sity, I had joined Youth Health Par­lia­ment, we cam­paigned to in­tro­duce men­tal health drop in cen­tres the UK,” she said.

“I be­came aware that The Chil­dren’s So­ci­ety wanted to start some­thing sim­i­lar and so it was a nat­u­ral step to get in­volved.

“Hav­ing had my own men­tal health is­sues, it is an area I am so pas­sion­ate about and I was for­tu­nate that Pause trains vol­un­teers to pro­vide one-to-one sup­port.”

Anna got in­volved with Pause be­fore it opened, help­ing to write men­tal health poli­cies the cen­tre re­lies on to­day. She then signed on to be­come a well­be­ing vol­un­teer. She works with young peo­ple on a one to one ba­sis who are strug­gling with their men­tal health, pro­vid­ing guid­ance, ad­vice and sup­port to any­one who walks through the doors.

The Chil­dren’s So­ci­ety vol­un­teer­ing awards started in 2015 and since then have been rec­og­niz­ing the ex­tra­or­di­nary work of peo­ple giv­ing their time for free to help change the lives of young peo­ple around Bri­tain.

If you would like to find out more about get­ting in­volved in vol­un­teer­ing please visit chil­drensso­ci­ety.org.uk/ vol­un­teer

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