A public services student from Warrington & Vale Royal College who hopes to pursue a career in politics or counter-terrorism is celebrating after receiving a special recognition award from Greater Manchester Police (GMP).
Level 3 student Olivia Guy received the prestigious accolade at a ceremony at GMP’s Hough End Centre on Tuesday 17th April.
The 18 year old, from St Helens, has been a member of GMP’s voluntary police cadets for three years, proving to be both an outstanding cadet and role model to her peers throughout this time.
Former Haydock High School pupil Olivia volunteered to represent the cadets on a trip to Malawi last November, working with charity Retrak to help vulnerable street children. This saw her raise money to cover the cost of the trip, doing so with a variety of charity events.
As part of the trip, Olivia negotiated sponsorship of a vehicle with Vimto, enabling staff to reach even more children in need.
In 2016, Olivia was named as GMP’s Police Cadet of the Year, receiving the award from the then Chief Constable Peter Fahy.
Olivia is able to put her cadet experience into practice, helping fellow students in her role as Student President.
She said: “It feels amazing to receive a special recognition award from Greater Manchester Police. I love being a cadet and I love studying public services at Warrington & Vale Royal College. In my first year here I was the course representative for public services and now I’m president of the college student leadership team – it has really opened doors for me.”
Olivia hopes to continue her education at Salford University in September, where she has been offered a place to study international politics and security. She has also applied to be a special constable within GMP.
“In the future, I would like to work in the intelligence sector, particular in counter-terrorism, or become a politician. Both doors and opportunities are opening to me because of my work with GMP and because of my course at the college but I am still yet to decide which path to go down.”
She added: “I raised £1,000 for the street children in Malawi. It was my first time without having my family with me when travelling abroad. That alone is very daunting and travelling thousands of miles away was very hard for me. But I overcame the fear and decided I would make the change.
“I think we all want to make that change without our world. I knew I couldn’t quite change the world but I did know I could make a difference in Malawi to those children and that feeling is beyond words.”
Olivia will be returning to Africa this year, where she will street children in Ethiopia.
Her tutor Andy Bramhall said: “Olivia is a fantastic role model for her peers. She has gone above and beyond to seek out opportunities to help her progress, both through her role as a police cadet and as a college student. Her passion and desire to help people is clear and I am certain she will go far in her chosen field. She is an inspiration to all.”
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