Vanessa is currently studying Social Work at Southampton Solent University, to become probation officer. She worked as a Learning Mentor and a Teacher assistant at Visions for Schools and Education, an off-site alternative provision in South East London. Vanessa completed the National Citizen Service Challenge, in Lancashire; where she completed various water sports as well as rock climbing. She was project manager of a team, who organised a sports day event for young people who are socially excluded. Vanessa participated in the UpRising -My Voice, My Vote project, which is part of a UK-wide youth leadership development organisation. Vanessa and her co partner, created a campaign to raise greater awareness amongst young people to know their rights and how to conduct themselves when being stop and searched by the police. Vanessa’s varied experiences have enabled her to develop a mature and responsible approach to any tasks undertaken. She has the ability to organise people, be creative and adapt in order to achieve objectives.