#iwill – student mentoring support

834. Aimee Louise Elliott (Cardiff)

Aimee Louise Elliott, aged 19, from Cardiff, is one of the key volunteers at ‘Young Minds’, a student listening service.

Aimee balances her university studies with regular night shifts to provide a frontline service for students struggling with their mental health. She also devoted 18 hours each day during a single week this summer to a project encouraging young people to build their confidence, and has supported projects related to autism and eating disorders among young people. Aimee has become a key figure for hundreds of students in Cardiff, through her tireless work in supporting young people’s mental health. She is an ambassador for the #iwill campaign.

In a personal letter to Aimee, Prime Minister Theresa May said:

“Your tireless effort in balancing term-time study at university with night shifts at ‘Young Minds’ is a testament to your tremendous dedication to volunteering. By providing vital frontline support you are helping students who are struggling with their mental health and I wish you every success sharing this experience in your role as an #iwill ambassador.”

Aimee said:

“I am so very honoured and overwhelmed with pride to be receiving the Points of Light award from our very own Prime Minister’s office. It means so much to be recognised for my social action and this award has helped motivate my ambitions to get involved in more projects from now on. It has also inspired me to start thinking about leading projects in future.”

The daily Points of Light award recognises outstanding individual volunteers - people who are making a change in their community.

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