Erin, a Year 13 student won at the Liverpool Life Sciences UTC won the award after completing volunteering training to become a child and adult substance misuse worker with Addaction, one of the UK’s leading and largest specialist drug, alcohol and mental health treatment charities.
Whilst on her training Erin undertook a placement at Addaction, where she was able to see first-hand the assessment of young people receiving support with their addictions as well as visiting schools to educate young people around drug and alcohol use.
Since then, Erin has been volunteering at Brook, one of Addaction’s partner agencies for the past year. Whilst there, Erin has been involved in a variety of sessions including teaching children about different family types and diversity, avoiding homophobic language in schools and running sessions with young girls on self-esteem and self-confidence.
From her volunteering and project work at the Liverpool Life Sciences UTC, Erin has now applied to University to study social work.
Erin said “I would love to specialise as a social worker working with individuals with substance misuse problems or young offenders. However, in the future I hope to run a rehabilitation centre for drug addicts.
“I find it so rewarding working with such a marginalized group of people and seeing their lives being changed for the better. I never expected to win such an amazing award and I am so thankful and happy to those who nominated and supported my nomination”.