Work of volunteer Anna is recognised as she gets special prize
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