#iwill NSPCC Campaigner
1050. Anna McGovern
Anna McGovern, aged 17, from Kent, is a national ambassador for the NSPCC and active campaigner for child safeguarding.
Anna is member of the Duke of Cambridge’s ‘Royal Foundation Cyberbullying Taskforce’ supporting their #StopSpeakSupport campaign to end online bullying. Anna wrote the foreword of the NSPCC’s ‘Net Aware’ report about child online safety, has spoken in Parliament about Childline’s #AreYouThere campaign regarding youth mental health provision, and participated in the Independent Inquiry on Child Sexual Abuse. She was recognised by the NSPCC as their ‘Outstanding Young Volunteer of the Year for London and the South East.’
Anna has recently been selected as an #iwill Ambassador by the #iwill campaign, which seeks to make social action a part of life for all young people by 2020. The campaign’s annual #iwillWeek, this year 12-16th November, is an opportunity for the 900 cross-sector partners of the #iwill campaign to join together to celebrate the impact young people are having on communities across the UK, and to champion the voices of young people making a difference. Anna was presented with her award at the #iwillWeek event held at Kew Gardens by Lord Gardiner.
In a personal letter to Anna, Prime Minister Theresa May said:
“As a national ambassador to the NSPCC, you have tackled a variety of important issues that affect young people, including child safeguarding, mental health support, and online safety. I wish you every success as you continue this remarkable work supporting the charity and improving the lives of vulnerable children across the UK.”
Charlotte Hill, CEO of ‘Step Up To Serve’, which coordinates the #iwill campaign, said:
“At the #iwill campaign we know that young people have the energy, ideas and drive to address issues in their community and to tackle many of society’s tougher challenges. We are so pleased to see the Prime Minister recognising the astounding achievements that Anna has made through her volunteering, fundraising and campaigning, and hope this inspires Anna and other young people to continue their fantastic work.”
“To be recognised as the Prime Minister’s 1050th Point of Light for my voluntary service in the UK is an incredible honour. I would like to say a massive thank you for the recognition, as I am extremely passionate about my volunteering work as a way of making a positive impact in the world. I believe that everyone has a voice and the power to change the world – but it is your sole responsibility to use it. That is what I want to do.”
Pictured below: Anna (second from right) with Lord Gardiner (centre) at the #iwillWeek 2018 event held at Kew Gardens, alongside fellow Points of Light winning #iwill ambassadors Amy Meek, Ella Meek, Mhairi McCann, Lucia Mee and Dara McAnulty (credit: Barima Owusu Nyantekyi)