UPDATE – HELEN WAS OVERALL WINNER IN THIS CATEGORY – MANY CONGRATULATIONS!
HOMELESS at 17 and without a penny to her name, Helen Campbell felt driven to give back to the charity that saved her. When the 21-year-old of Frant Road, in Tunbridge Wells was a teenager, she did not have a good relationship with her father. Following a family argument when she was 17, she began sleeping on the streets.
Vehicle 4 Change is a project that reaches out to disadvantaged, at risk and hard-to-reach young people. When youth workers found Helen on the streets, they offered her a place to live.
Since getting her life together, Helen has wanted to give back. She said: “If it wasn’t for the V4C I would have done nothing or something worse. Not only have they given me a place to live and helped me with my CV, but they have kept me out of trouble.”
“Now I am starting to feel like I have a future.”
Helen dedicates 30 hours a week to help young, vulnerable people within the community – collecting food for the homeless, meeting young people in parks and helping out on trips and activities at the weekend.
Since securing her own place and showing incredible determination to the cause, Helen has landed the role of Youth Worker as part of a Youth Work Apprentice Programme. It is a huge accomplishment for Helen who initially undertook the Youth Champions Programme, a scheme designed to provide positive progression within young people.
“The project has helped me with my confidence as well as kept me fit and healthy,” she said. “It has opened my eyes and shown me there are good people in the world. I am so thankful.”
to see more about all the Young Volunteer of the Year contenders in the Love Where We Live awards click here > http://www.courier.co.uk/Young-Volunteer-Year-contenders/story-19729827-detail/story.html
OTHER AWARDS We have also been nominated for:
- Courier Heart of the Community – see previous blog on how to VOTE for us!
- Love Where We Live – Ethical business of the year – for our Furniture Warehouses
- Lloyds Banking Group Community Awards – watch this space for how to VOTE for us..