A budding actor and volunteer with Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) has been awarded a national award for her voluntary work in raising awareness about mental health in Lancashire.
Elyssia Cockshott, aged 19 from Blackpool, won the Volunteer of the Year Award at the first ever National Children and Young People’s Mental Health Awards held at Manchester Town Hall on 6 January 2018. She was commended for her work with The Crew, a voluntary group run by Lancashire Care and made up of young people and their parents who have used the Trust’s CAMHS services to raise awareness of mental health within local communities.
Elyssia Cockshott said:
“Winning the volunteer of the year award was such a kind nod to not only myself but to Darren and the work of The Crew. Having been in Lancashire Care for over five years I have witnessed some incredible compassion and kindness, and The Crew just want to do our bit in looking out for vulnerable young people.
Darren Conway, Quality Improvement Manager at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, said:
“We are extremely elated that Elyssia has won this award, which really reflect on her dedication, passion and eagerness to improve mental health services in Lancashire. Having used CAMHS services at LCFT herself, Elyssia has dedicated her time for several years to volunteer with The Crew. She is our longest standing member and has been with us for around 4 years. She has also been involved in all manner of activities to improve the service, especially in delivering presentations to local health care professionals. She has made a positive difference to everyone she has worked with and has shown tenacity and commitment to improving services.”