Envision Youth Trustee wins award

Grad Trustee, Amrit Kaur Lohia, was named SOAS Volunteer of the Year at a special award ceremony at the Brunei Gallery in London this week. She also received a Volunteering England Gold Award in recognition of her dedication and commitment to volunteering.

Over the last four years Amrit has made outstanding contributions to Envision, showing a high level of dedication and initiative which has seen her rise from one of Envision's many youth volunteers to an Envision Grad Trustee on our national board and an important contributor to Envision's programme delivery and development. 

It's so surreal receiving an award for volunteering - because you don't volunteer to be awarded - but to make a real difference! I wouldn't be the person I am today if it wasn't for the support I get from Envision and every enthusiastic body that works there. Envision has been a source of confidence for me; I feel empowered to empower others. That's what makes Envision so special.

Amrit first joined Envision at 16 where, together with her Envision team, she delivered a community project to educate young people about sustainable development, specifically involving disabled young people who previously had been excluded from such activities.

After finishing her project, Amrit became an active member of the Envision Grad programme eventually going on to become an Envision Special Advisor before successfully applying for the role of Youth Trustee. 

The last four years have been an exciting journey for Amrit. She’s acted as ambassador and spokesperson at partnership events, delivered inspirational speeches and even took on the role of ‘Dragon’ at our Pitch4Change event in Canary Wharf.

Outside of Envision Amrit is also actively involved with a number of other charities as well. For the last three years she has been volunteering as an educational speaker for the Holocaust Educational Trust, she volunteers with the Golden Temple 1588 Exhibition organised by the UK Punjab Heritage Association and has become an ambassador for young Sikhs in her community. Her work in this area led to her being invited to meet the Queen at a multi-faith event earlier this year.

We are all incredibly proud of what Amrit has achieved over such a short space of time. Her passion and commitment has been an inspiration to both staff and students and we very much look forward to seeing where her journey takes her next.