Emily and Nehemiah have received Bromley Rotary Club Youth Awards from the Mayor. Both girls have contributed significantly to their school and local communities putting ‘service before self’. Nehemiah, Year 11, is Chair of Croydon Council’s Youth Forum for which she has organised workshops on issues such as stop and search, mental health awareness and healthy eating. She has also contributed to the Young Commissioner fund raising program for community projects. She was recently elected to participate in the London Youth Assembly, which has involved the opportunity to meet and work with Sadiq. She is a committed member of the planning team for the Black Minority Ethnic Forum project. Her involvement with a school in Grenada has enabled her to arrange a summer school food bank and a reading programme for a local primary school. This also involved supporting a tree sapling planting project local to the school.

Emily, Upper Sixth, has volunteered at Princess Royal University Hospital for the past year supporting nurses on the Cardio, Stroke and Dementia wards by talking to patients and feeding the elderly. She is also currently fundraising for the hospital and planning healthy eating presentations for younger children in collaboration with the other volunteers. Emily has spent eighteen months as a Saint John’s Ambulance volunteer and taken part in the National Citizen Service where her team organised fun sports day activities for children with hearing impairment and raised over £100 for this charity. At school, Emily helps with the Year 3 Science Club and tutored two girls in Spanish. Emily supports disabled students with their physical education and swimming at the Marjorie Mclure school.

We hope that their excellent example will inspire other students.