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Three of our youngest members received special awards at the Princess Diana ‘Inspire Wales’ event on Thursday 8th December. The event is designed to shine a spotlight on young volunteers from across Wales and inspire and recognise social action in young people.
Princess Diana believed that ‘young people have the power to change the world’ and we are delighted that our cadets were recognised for their hard work and commitment to teaching first aid and saving lives.
The event, which was held at City Hall in Cardiff, also included a series of specialised workshops to give the awards recipients the practical tools to continue to tackle social issues, make a positive difference in their local communities and change the lives of others.
“Everyone needs to be valued. Everyone has the potential to give something back if only they had the chance.” Diana, Princess of Wales
The awards nominees were:
In 2013 Rhiannon was nominated as National Cadet of the year with St John Cymru Wales. During this time she decided to increase awareness of the dangers faced by working farmers. Rhiannon achieved this by creating training resources aimed at educating young people in first aid, tailored towards working practices on farms. Her hard work has inspired others to become ambassadors for the charity.
“I volunteer to help others while also bettering my understanding for my future career. I first joined St John Cymru Wales after my sister needed first aid and I’ve loved it ever since. Volunteering allows me to challenge myself and push boundaries while also making new friends. I like working with St John because I know I’m making a difference by helping someone when they’re likely to be at their most vulnerable.”
Georgia is St John Cymru Wales’ National Cadet of the Year for 2016 and Chair of the National Cadet group representing young people across Wales. As well as dedicating a large amount of her free time to provide first aid cover and support for the elderly, Georgia’s main priority has been to ensure first aid training is inclusive with a particular focus on children and young people with special educational needs. Georgia’s colleagues describe her as “a credit to the organisation whose selflessness has had an enormous impact on the lives of children and young people at a national level”.
“I volunteer because it brings people together to make a significant difference in communities. You get to learn new skills and achieve things you’d never dream of achieving. Through volunteering I’ve built on my existing knowledge and I’ve improved my confidence. I like working with St John because it has given me first-hand experience within the healthcare field. As an aspiring doctor I have developed invaluable skills and understanding while also making a difference and giving back to the community.”
Despite coping with her own family health issues, Abby is a huge support to those around her. Through St John Cymru Wales she gives up her free time to support fundraising in her local Division, to volunteer with the Badger group and provides first aid at public events.
“I volunteer because it’s rewarding and you give back to the community. Volunteering also makes you feel part of the wider community which makes you feel proud and gives you a sense of belonging. I like working with St John because all of my friends are volunteers with the organisation too; it provides a happy and relaxed environment to develop new skills and offers excellent training. I’ve always been interested in the healthcare profession and would love to one day become a paramedic. I believe volunteering with St John Cymru Wales will help me to achieve my goal.”
Thank you to Rhiannon, Georgia and Abby for taking up the challenge and joining #Dianaslegacy, we applaud your commitment to making the world a brighter place. A special mention must also go to Abbie Balch who co-hosted the whole ceremony and did a fantastic job!
You can find out more about becoming a young volunteer with St John Cymru Wales at http://youth.stjohnwales.org.uk/
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