Young CBHA residents in a garden

A young CBHA volunteer has won an award recognising her commitment to supporting youth workers and young people in the community.

Khalisah Fakira, 16, won the Young Leaders category in the Peabody Group awards which celebrate residents who have influenced or inspired others in their communities.

Khalisah, who has volunteered across CBHA’s youth services for three years, has now been taken on as a youth development apprentice in CBHA’s community investments team.

Head of community investments Roz Gordon said: “She regularly gave up her time to support various projects including the summer programmes, fun days, well-being activities and photography workshops.

“Now she is employed as an apprentice yet she continues to use her spare time to volunteer, delivering workshops to her peers. After her interview for the apprenticeship, she immediately returned to volunteering with the team running the photography workshop.”

Roz said: “Khalisah first became involved with CBHA through joining our Mirror Image programme for teenage girls. Now she has been able to share with other young people how this helped her develop.”

Other CBHA residents nominated were: Debbie Corbett for the Significant Personal Achievement award; Carol Canham and Kay Green for the Change in the Community award; and Thalma Hallowell and Paris Manley for Outstanding Contribution.

Roz added: “A big thank you to all our fantastic volunteers who make such a difference to our communities.”