Young Champion Highlight: October

Every month we will be shining a light on a different Young Champion, helping you get to know them that little bit better.

This month we have Young Champion Selwa, who is about to start a new adventure in Nottingham - we thank her for all her fantastic involvement and wish her all the best!!  

As a picture, Selwa chose this amazing mural, which she painted with a Parent Champion earlier in 2017.  This was part of a project to turn an empty room at supported accommodation for families in North London, into a social, emotionally friendly space for parent/carers and children to share. 

Where are you from?   London

How old are you?   17

When did you start your Championing at AFNCCF?   2016

Why did you join AFNCCF as a Young Champion?   I joined because I heard the Center was looking for a group of young people who were interested in improving mental health services across the UK, and I am passionate about getting the message of recognizing and preventing mental illnesses out to as many schools and places as possible. So I felt that joining Anna Freud would be helpful for me to achieve this.

What has been your favourite activity you have participated in?   My favourite activity was painting a mural at Englands Lane hostel & attending mental health discussions at Camden Chambers, where Mayor of Camden was also attending.

What would you say has been one key thing you have learnt, being a Young Champion?   How to be more confident

If you could be an animal, what would you be?   Jellyfish

Random fact about yourself?   I can write with both hands at the same time

What are your future ambitions?   To become an art therapist 

Any words of inspiration/wisdom you would like to share for future Young Champions??   Live life in the moment and make as many memories as possible. enjoy whatever what you want to enjoy and be your own person.