Hi I’m Victoria and I’m a 20 year old university student and activist. I’m passionate about youth advocacy, disability rights, the environment and issues affecting young people today.
My social action journey started when I was in sixth form and I started doing volunteer work and fundraising. Our 1st fundraising event was a charity ball to raise money for Great Ormond Street hospital. After we did this event we felt inspired to develop projects that would have a lasting impact. So we applied for funding for our Bright Futures and O2 to develop a business that would help the environment as well as be a new innovate idea to help people in society.
From there we became ambassadors for different charities such as Youth Employment UK, #iwill campaign and Cancer Research. Where we speak to different organisations and charities on how they can include more young people in the work they do. Also working together to find new and creative ways to solve different social action issues. We advocate for young people’s employment and equip them with the knowledge and resources they need to make informed decisions about their futures. We represent the views of young people and influence policy by meeting with leaders surrounding these issues. As well as working on the Ground work youth advisory board last year.
We also have developed our own projects throughout the years such as a project we did to reduce loneliness in hospitals for children and a project we receive funding from Mark Evision foundation to develop a club and trips for children in secondary school. We started running workshops for the charities we worked for such as a employment workshop we ran for cardiomyopathy UK. We then decided to develop our own workshops which we conducted at Afro Fest Tech and NCS.
We created Help Us Hope to help other young people to have access to the opportunity we have had and help young people develop campaigns by giving them to skills and knowledge they need to succeed.