Naomi is a Welsh, 22 year old #iwill Ambassador and Step Up To Serve Trustee, who is volunteer and campaigner around issues of youth mental health, working with a number of organisations both locally and nationally around wellbeing for young people but also ensuring young people are heard within organisations. In 2016 she was awarded the Prime Minister’s Points of Light Award for her social action. Having started taking part in social action from a very young age and always being keen to help others, at sixth form she set up a project about spotting the signs of a mental health problems in young people with the help of Fixers UK. From there her social action journey continued and she got involved with more and more organisations, including the NSPCC and Young Minds. Having grown up on a council estate in a low income family and struggled with her mental health since the age of 14, Naomi is incredibly passionate about wellbeing and ensuring every young person has the opportunity to fulfil their potential and believes that social action plays a large role in this. Alongside her role as an Ambassador and Trustee for the #iwill campaign she currently volunteers as a Childline counsellor, Girlguiding leader, and as a Trustee for Platfform, the mental health and social change charity, as well as coordinating her own youth-led project, Project Hope
At the beginning of lockdown Naomi noticed an increasing problem with youth loneliness and decided she wanted to do something about it. After a call-out on twitter she convened a group of young people to tackle this issue, which then formed Project Hope. Throughout the pandemic, Naomi has been running this entirely youth-led Project, with the help of 20 young volunteers, which has been providing weekly meetings with an online space and activities for young people to come together in solidarity, addressing loneliness and isolation through lockdown. She is really passionate about empowering other young people to make a difference on the topics that are important to them and Project Hope has been a huge part of that for her, truly proving the power of truly youth-led projects.