25th Sep 2014
Keen to raise the self-esteem of young people who might otherwise be held back by a lack of confidence, Shaverne Farrell has brought her peers together to showcase their talents.
After overcoming her own shyness, the 17-year-old from Uxbridge in West London now wants to give others a boost.
With Fixers and a team of volunteers, she helped to organise ‘Shine’ – an event encouraging others her age to find the self-belief needed to perform in front of each other.
‘I feel confidence is important in life,’ Shaverne explains.
‘It’s the strength needed to make a stand, have an opinion and enjoy things.
‘If people are not confident then they may hide away and never achieve their full potential.
‘Before I was able to voice my own opinions, I was the same. I never wanted to be asked a question or put in the limelight. Now, I want to help others come out of their shell.’
The event was held at Platform near Finsbury Park on Saturday 23rd August.
Participants were given the chance to hear from a motivational speaker and take part in team building activities, before being invited to demonstrate their talents to an invited audience.
Those attending were then asked to provide positive feedback on each other’s performances.
‘I think it went very well,’ says Shaverne.
‘I had a great day listening to everyone’s opinions and seeing different talents.
‘I also enjoyed knowing that everyone left understanding that they can be confident in all areas of their lives.’
Comments from audience members included: ‘It’s a great project helping young people to build their confidence’ and ‘A very good idea to get young people out and involved in things that they wouldn’t normally do’.
Shaverne adds: ‘I wanted to give the young people involved a platform to stand on, as well as providing tips and showing them their capabilities so they can shine.
‘I hope they’re now able to feel proud of themselves.’
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Ash Randall is also urging young people to unlock their hidden talents.
Watch his Fixers film that combines animation with live action.