Stephenson College are delighted to announce that painting and decorating student Kristiana Groza has been named the Young Volunteer of the Year and Young Person of the Year at the annual Lord-Lieutenant’s awards.

Each year, the Lord-Lieutenant celebrates the achievements of young people in Leicester and Leicestershire at a ceremony at County Hall in Glenfield. Winning one of these prestigious awards demonstrates that the young person has made a considerable contribution to society.

Double award winner Kristiana, a keen volunteer, has received this year’s awards for her exceptional volunteering efforts over a number of projects that have enriched the lives of others throughout the region.

She began volunteering in 2015 working as part of the Sir John Moore Foundation team that won the Leicestershire and Rutland Museum Foundation ‘Museum of the Year’, during this time Kristiana also began working with Forest Way Special School and Belvoirdale Primary school helping encourage young people get involved in practical and creative activities such as woodwork and craft.

The last year has seen Kristiana work extensively with Coalville Heroes, an exciting group kick started with funding from North West Leicestershire District Council. The group sets up and offers a wide range of activities and initiatives based around celebrating Coalville’s community and heritage.

Kristiana took the time to proudly champion volunteering upon discussing of her success, she said: “I’m still a little bit speechless if I’m being completely honest! I never expected to win one award, let alone two!

“Winning these awards have really opened my eyes to what is achievable in life, I now realise I can do anything I want to do, I am capable.

“The world can give a hell of a lot more to you than I originally thought it could.

“I really hope I can use this success as a springboard to help more young people in the future, my next big step is to get my story out there in attempt to help young people who are struggling, need help and inspiration.”