Hannah – One Year On

What a difference a year makes.

  • On the path to training to become a teacher
  • A huge boost in confidence
  • Memories to last a lifetime.

Three things that youngster Hannah Nolan credits winning last year’s Inspiring Young Person Award at the Wales Sport Awards last year.

In 2017, we heard how the North Wales sport volunteer not only helped others, but also helped pull herself out of a dark place.

Hannah, who helped with the Healthy Image Project at Conwy Youth Service, said she was at ‘an all-time low’ with depression and anxiety and needed a reason to leave the house.

When she won the award, she had volunteered over 150 hours in her local community, while juggling school work, exams and helping to care for her Nan who was recovering from Lung Cancer.

“Being announced as the winner of the award felt absolutely surreal” remembers Hannah. “I couldn’t believe I had won, and it was the most amazing feeling in the world.”

Since winning the award, she has continued to volunteer but has also started on the road to becoming a teacher.

She explains: “Since December 2017, my confidence in everything I do has sky-rocketed and has actually given me the motivation to go further, not only continuing to help people through volunteering, but to become a teacher working one-to-one with children in need of support.”

She says winning the award helped her gain clarity: “I continued volunteering in my community trying to inspire the children and show them that anything is possible when you put your heart into it.” It also boosted her own career plans as she started researching ways to become a teacher.

She has recently started college on a course that can help make this possible.

“I can honestly say that if it wasn’t for this award, all the support I received and the confidence I gained, I don’t think I would have ever gone through with starting my life and journey into teaching.”

To nominate somebody for a community award for 2018, visit here and nominate by Friday 5th October.