Life has not stopped since I won the Inspiring Young Woman Award!

Our 2022 Inspiring Young Woman Award winner, Amanada Kelly, updates us on what life has been like since …

I have passed my Level 2 Applied Science course and am now working hard on my Level 3 Applied Science course at Bury College.

I am also spending time preparing myself for my dream career as a paramedic. This has involved me joining the Cadets. Since joining the Cadets, I have helped my team by going across Greater Manchester running First Aid training sessions.

It has felt amazing to help others learn life saving skills.

Also, since being in the Cadets I’ve been promoted to an Acting Corporal which means I have gained a lot more responsibility, which I am very grateful for.

Homelife as gotten busier as we have invited my new born sister into this world. For me this means I’ve been helping mum around the house more. I love spending time with my new born sister and can’t wait to see her grow up.

Since the new addition to the family, youth workers at the Manchester Youth Zone have helped me with my Young Carer responsibilities and have signed posted me to a specialist charity who supports young people who are caring for family members. This referral has lifted a weight off my shoulders, as I know I can get support for me and my family.

Since you last heard from me, I’ve continued to pursue my dream of singing. Since working with Brighter Sounds, I have written and produced my own song Called Bittersweet. The song is about me moving up to Manchester from London and how I felt making this big move.

The song is so close to my heart, and I am really proud of what I have achieved. I also got to perform my song in front of a live audience at my local library. It was such a rush performing my song to a live audience.

I adore singing and when I had the opportunity to take part in the Black History Month Celebration at the Manchester Youth Zone, I jumped on the opportunity. As part of the event, I sang Bittersweet to my Youth Zone family.

Additionally, I’ve still been spending my time at the Manchester Youth Zone volunteering. I adore working with the young people and they really brighten up my day.

One of the most exciting things that has happened since volunteering is I’ve been working with the Manchester City Council to help them create funding for charities that support children and young people. It’s been very interesting to see how the Manchester City Council create funding and what work that goes into this process. I’ve also been able to meet young people from other organizations and local councillors to discuss what young people would like to see in the future.

Thank you so much for awarding me the Inspiring Young Woman Award, I Still can’t believe I won the award at age 17. This is a dream come true and I can’t wait to carry on helping my community and being a volunteer.

Thanks to all the fantastic people who came from Manchester Youth Zone to celebrate with me. I loved every minute of it and I’m so proud of myself and can’t wait to achieve more of my dreams. ❤️❤️

Somehow I don’t think we have heard the last of this inspiring young woman.