20 November 2009
There may be young volunteers in the UK who are even busier and more dedicated than Humanitarian Citizen Award winner Adam Sibley – but we’ve yet to find them.
Besides founding his own non-profit organisation – Talented Young People – Adam (25) is also a volunteer for several charities, a youth worker and even a football coach to several groups of young girls.
Talented Young People is an online networking site for young people living in rural or isolated communities who can’t easily access the right contacts to help them achieve their dreams in sport, the performing arts and the media.
‘I love helping’
The young volunteer, from Liskeard in Cornwall, said: “I just love helping young people. I was bullied quite a lot at a school and didn’t have the best childhood so I’ve always enjoyed helping young people.”
Adam was recently commended at the British Red Cross Humanitarian Citizen Awards after being nominated by fellow football coach Ian Woodhouse.
Ian said: “He is involved in too many youth organisations to shake a stick at. First, he’s a football coach to two girls’ teams and a football referee. He also volunteers at Make A Wish, helping grant wishes for terminally ill children. Plus he’s a volunteer at Truro Hospital Radio and helped in their campaign to raise £20,000 to build a disabled access studio.”
And that’s not it. On the rare occasions he finds himself with a couple of hours to spare, Adam pops along to local team Plymouth Argyle’s football matches to provide an audio description service for people with visual impairments.
After winning his award, Adam said: “This is absolutely great. I don’t do all my work for the pat on the back, but to be commended – especially by a judging panel of my peers – makes me feel quite humbled. I’m just happy to be here and hear the stories of all the other inspirational young people.”
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