Jersey Woman Battles Back To Win Award
A Jersey youth worker dedicated to helping others after suffering her own mental health problems is receiving a Prince’s Trust award.
23 year old Katy Glendenning struggled to get of bed most days after suffering anxiety and depression.
But she has turned her life around after completing a Prince’s Trust course – and has become the first islander to win the regional prize.
“I was really happy and shocked as well! I heard I was up for it, but I didn’t really think I was ever going to win.
“It’s been absolutely amazing but I’m just really excited to be able to put Jersey on the map. I think sometimes young people on the island do have a unique set of problems just because we live in such a small place.
“I’m really excited to be able to go over (to Bristol) and represent!”
She’ll pick up the Young Ambassador Award at the Performing Arts Centre in Bristol next Wednesday (17th October).
It marks a spectacular turn around for Katy, who was unable to work as an English teacher to foreign language students as her problems were so bad.
“I’m having to write a speech for the awards next week and I had to take myself back to a few years ago where I was suffering really badly.
“In all honesty, I never thought I would even be alive at this point in my life. I can pinpoint the time when it all changed and it was the day I walked through the door with the Prince’s Trust. It’s absolutely amazing!”
Assistant Youth Worker Sophie Le Brun nominated Katy for the award.
“I have seen Katy grow into an independent, very capable young lady which wasn’t the case when she joined the Prince’s Trust team. Katy will find a solution or a way to complete anything you ask her to do. From preparing a lesson to deliver to ‘team’ around presentation skills or offering time and support to other young people at a music event.
“I truly believe Katy can do anything she puts her mind to and she has a very bright future ahead of her.”