Defying dyspraxia

64. Jess Starns (Berkshire)

Jess Starns, who was inspired to work with young people after taking part in a 12-week course run by the youth charity Prince’s Trust, is the latest recipient of a Point of Light award. Jess set up ‘Dyspraxic Me’ with support from Starbucks Youth Action, a social action programme run in conjunction with UK Youth.   […]

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Defying Dyspraxia

64. Jess Starns (Berkshire)

Inspired by her personal experience of living with Dyspraxia, a developmental coordination disorder that affects motor skills as well as problems with language and perception, Dyspraxic Me is a particularly impressive achievement. The group organises events to help young people with Dyspraxia improve their personal and work skills including workshops on managing your money, interview […]

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Volunteer brings world-class yachts to Northern Ireland

Jackie Patton joined Ballyholme Yacht Club as a young person in 1976 and is currently a Director on a voluntary basis. Having grown up volunteering with the Ocean Youth Trust she knew what a difference volunteers could make and quickly began a programme to involve more local people in Ballyholme. Under Jackie’s stewardship, she coordinates […]

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Pete’s perfect pitch

62. Pete Smart (Wiltshire)

Pete has been groundsman at Redland Lane for the past twenty years and is now Honorary Life President of the Westbury Youth Football Club, providing Westbury’s young sportspeople with one of the best playing surfaces for grassroots football in Wiltshire. Having previously coached Warminster Town’s Youth team for two decades, he has a keen eye […]

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Flying Doctor

61. Tom Moore (Norfolk)

A 65 year old man who has flown over 500 missions for the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) is the latest winner of a new volunteering award, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced. Dr Moore has a long history of using his medical skills in the voluntary sector. In 1983 he jointly set up the […]

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Brook House Founder

60. Yvonne Jarvis (Birmingham)

Run entirely by volunteers, the Christian charity reaches out to marginalised people in the community who have dependency and behavioural issues. At the heart of the charity is Brooke House itself, a lodging house which has space to accommodate 12 people aged between 18-65 years old and provides a range of different services for its […]

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Future First

59. Jake Hayman (London)

 He organised a group of his former school mates to go visit the school school and provide relatable careers advice to the current students. The session was a hit and, in 2008, aged just 26, Jake set up an organisation called Future First to build networks of former students to do the same in state […]

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Cycling Club Hero

58. Alison Grant (London)

Alison joined the Slipstreamers Club 14 years ago, when her son was a very young rider. Inspired by the benefits the club had to offer the young members, and realising that with more adult help these could be even greater, she started volunteering for the club. She now devotes many hours of her time performing […]

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