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A Vision for Change

A Vision for Change

 

At the beginning of year 12 students are given the oppurtunity to volunteer with the youth charity Envision. In previous years groups have worked on local projects to encourage cycling and wider-scale campaigns to protect endangered species. Last year a group of girls decided to base their work around the area of gender stereotypes and exploring the ways in which they could tackle these all too prevalent problems. What began as a weekly session with an Envision mentor soon evolved into something much bigger, as they decided the best way that they could make a difference was to target those closest to them and so chose to run a series of workshops for year 9 girls in St Mary Redcliffe school.  

 

Susannah Harvey writes -

"We wanted to pass on our own experience and the lessons we had learned to boost the girls confidence and self esteem. We ran 4 workshops on self-image, relationships, ambitions and talents with these aims in mind. Running the workshops was an incredibly rewarding experience, seeing the girls come out of their shells, particiapting enthustiastically in the activities we set and really considering the things we discussed with them was more than enough payment for the work we put in."

Envision logo

 

The team was to be rewarded even further however.

 

A month after all the workshops were over they were informed that they had won a nationally prestigous Diana award for their work. Two members of the group were chosen to attend the award ceremonies where they had an amazing time and had the oppurtunity to meet other inspirational young people from up and down the country. Seannah Calladine, shown at the awards ceremony remarked that "It was a privilege to work with the girls and to watch  their confidence develop, and to have our work rewarded on such a scale was something completely unexpected but a real honour". The other members of the core team were Natalie Devalba, Alice Trickey and Robyn Samuels.



Diana Award