The Devan Group
The Devan Group was launched whilst I was aged 15, offering Anti-Bullying services through a project named Action Against Bullying and Dog Walking Services through Devan's Dog Walking.
Action Against Bullying is a project that helps young people as young as 8 years old, though campaigning and raising awareness about bullying issues. The project runs one website with a section for young people and one for parents. The website provides information and advice about bullying.
Devan's Dog Walking was closed to allow me to focus on the Action Against Bullying project and my Fixers project Advice For Teachers - adviceforteachers.org.uk.
Advice For Teachers is a project that was created with the help of Fixers - a UK charity that helps young people to fix the future by changing things through projects such as this. Advice For Teachers provides information about the signs and effects of bullying and includes case studies to be used by professionals working with young people. - fixers.org.uk.
This was a great year for the Devan Group as it became a partner of #GivingTuesday and I became their first social media ambassador. This is a global movement and came to the UK in May 2014. The day is held on the first Tuesday of December each year and more information can be found on their website givingtuesday.org.uk.
I also became one of the first 50 #iwill ambassadors through the step up to serve campaign. This is a national campaign that aims to make social action part of life for as many 10 to 20 year-olds as possible by the year 2020. Through the #iwill campaign I took part in a Google+ Hangout with Alex Jones from BBC's the One Show and HRH the Prince of Wales - the patron of Step Up To Serve. More information can be found on the #iwill campaign website - iwill.org.uk.
To the end of 2014, the Devan Group received some great support from East Riding Voluntary Action Services and the Volunteen project. They are an amazing organisation based within the East Riding who have helped with covering some of the expenses so that I can carry out my work further, and this support has been a great help. More about ERVAS can be found on their website ervas.org.uk.
ERVAS helped me to become a member of East Riding of Yorkshire Council's Anti-Bullying Strategy Group, this group focuses on all bullying issues providing support to schools and other council services.
In 2015 ERVAS supported the Devan Group to become a core member of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, more information about the Aliance can be found on their website anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk.
I also started working full time for Talent Match Humber, a project funded by the Big Lottery Fund, more information about Talent Match can be found on the BLF website: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/talentmatch.
From my work with them I was supported to set up the East Riding Youth Transport (ERYT) project. This is a campaign to improve public transport for young people with the East Riding.
In October 2015 I was nominated for the Diana Award, I travelled to London to the Barclays HQ to receive the award, more information about them can be found at: diana-award.org.uk.
I also became an ambassador for the National Lottery as part of the National Lottery Good Causes Network (NLGC). They wanted young people to tell other young people about the work of the National Lottery and how Lottery money supports good causes.
Watch the NLGC Video's here to find out more: