Name: Teagan Stanley, Fifth Year, Newtown School, Co. Waterford

Background: Teagan first began volunteering when she was nine years old with Irish Girl Guides and has since went on to expand her volunteering horizon.

Extremely passionate about raising mental health awareness, Teagan developed a mental health support system to offer a support network to vulnerable students who feel they don't have a safe person to discuss problems with.

Teagan was selected to be part of the Irish National Contingent and got the opportunity to travel to India as part of a Leadership and Community Action Programme in August 2019 and spent several days volunteering in Bal Kalyan Sanstha, a centre in Pune for children with disabilities.

Teagan has also been involved in helping to develop a nationwide programme for Irish Girl Guides to work on the ‘Responsible Consumption and Production Goal’ which is focused on working with the government to promote a better quality of life for all.

Volunteering during Transition Year, Teagan also fundraised for the Solas Cancer Support Centre through events such as Youth Dance for Life, 10km Run for Life and car washes. As a talented sports person, Teagan regularly assists with sports coaching in local primary schools and with Waterford Hockey Club.

Teagan’s motivation for volunteering: “I get so much out of being part of a community. I want to give back as much as I can to help others around me and to allow them to have the kind of opportunities that I have had.”

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