Bournemouth young woman shortlisted for national charity award
Laura Davies, 28, from Winton, is in the final three contenders for ‘volunteer of the year’ in the Third Sector Awards for her work with Young Women’s Trust, a charity that supports young women on low or no pay.
Laura has faced discrimination from employers because she’s a mum and knows what it’s like to try to make ends meet when you’re working on low pay. She doesn’t want others to face the same struggles as her and uses her experiences to speak out with Young Women’s Trust and make society better for the young women who come after her.
Alongside working and raising her son, Laura is a dedicated volunteer for the charity. She has taken part in more than 70 voluntary opportunities for Young Women’s Trust since getting involved in 2015. From blogging and public speaking to campaigning and being a media spokesperson, Laura is committed to raising awareness of the issues faced by young women on low or no pay.
In particular, Laura has stood up for young mums, fighting for mums to be treated better at work, while campaigning for flexible working to help more parents into work. She has shared her story on live television and radio. At the start of this year Laura gave an inspiring speech about her experiences to an audience of politicians, journalists and supporters at a Young Women’s Trust event on gender equality at London’s City Hall.
“I got involved with Young Women’s Trust as I wanted an opportunity to share my experiences and have my voice heard. I am honestly completely blown away and overwhelmed that I’ve been shortlisted for the award. I’m honoured to have a platform to use my voice and share my experiences in the hope for change. This is just the start of my journey for campaigning and volunteering and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.”
Young Women’s Trust chief executive Dr Carole Easton OBE said:
“Laura is an inspiring young woman who deserves to be recognised for her fantastic contribution. She is always enthusiastic and dependable, using her own experiences to change others’ lives. We are really proud of Laura.
The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on Thursday 20 September.
Young Women’s Trust provides free career confidence coaching and a CV feedback service to women aged 16 to 30, which can be accessed by phone, text or online: www.youngwomenstrust.org/workitout.
Notes to editor:
- Young Women’s Trust supports and represents women aged 16-30 in England and Wales trapped by low or no pay and facing a life of poverty. The charity provides services and runs campaigns to make sure that the talents of young women don't go to waste.
- Young Women’s Trust provides a free coaching and job application feedback service, ‘Work It Out’, to women in England and Wales aged 16 to 30.
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