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We have nominated our incredible No5 Lead Young Ambassador, Carly, for a Young Person of the Year award in the Pride of Reading Awards 2017!

Carly started volunteering for our charity in late 2013. Carly had counselling at No5 when she was
14, and soon afterwards she felt strongly that she wanted to give something back, not only to the charity, but to support local young people, and so she joined our Young Ambassador scheme in it’s infancy. Over the last four years she has played a pivotal role in its development, assisting our Outreach Coordinator, Hayley, in creating policies, guidelines, and strategic aims for the scheme. Young Ambassadors is now a flourishing group at the very heart of our organisation.

Carly has shown outstanding community spirit by devoting over 200 hours of her time during the last year alone to delivering positive mental health messages and support to other young people in the Reading area. She demonstrates a selfless commitment to sharing her personal experience of mental health difficulties and her counselling journey at No5 to other young people, supporters of the charity, corporations, and local and national media.

Carly has made a lasting impression on all who have met and worked with her, and she plays an integral role in helping to reduce the stigma associated with mental health difficulties, in our community. She is a fantastic role model at the age of just 20, and testament to the impact that quality mental health support has on young people. She is a key part of No5 and we are so very lucky to have her. We feel she deserves recognition for her incredible contribution to better mental health for the children and young people in Reading.

You can read about Carly’s nomination on the Get Reading website here.