A volunteer from Aylesbury has won a national award for her hard work at Young Enterprise.

The national charity that aims to motivate young people to succeed in the world of work relies heavily on it’s 6,500 volunteers.

Helen Pettifer been volunteering with Young Enterprise since 2017 and has been awarded with the charity’s national ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award.

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She was nominated by other voluntary members of the community after making an outstanding contribution through the recent Covid pandemic.

Drawing on her own experiences of supporting her son, who has complex special needs, to provide real life perspectives of the challenges faced by vulnerable customers trying to access services.

Helen said: “It’s been a huge honour to receive this award.

“I believe the work Young Enterprise does in equipping the next generation of employees is crucial.

“As we’re preparing students for the ever changing world of employment, we’re also building and nurturing their confidence, self-esteem, and purpose.

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“These key elements are fundamental in significantly reducing poor mental health in young people, more important than ever now.”

Helen has experience working with brands like LV and Saga, as well as public sector organisations like Citizens Advice and Defence Business Services.

She offers practical training for staff, and consultancy for strategic leaders to develop appropriate procedures and policies, and to embed reputation enhancing working practices and culture change.