9 December 2016
SOAS University of London student Sharmarke Dhaqane has been awarded a Points of Light award by Prime Minister Theresa May for his voluntary work in mental health.
BA History student Sharmarke started volunteering at his own school aged 16, before going on to act as a mentor in neighbouring schools. In July, he organised the first-ever student run mental health conference, uniting communities from across North London and launching the Barnet Young People Mental Health Charter, which Sharmarke had negotiated with Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust.
In a personal letter to Sharmarke, Prime Minister Theresa May said: “The progress you have made by following your passion for peer mentoring is tremendous and organising the first ‘SOS – Stamp out Stigma’ mental health conference is a great achievement.”
Points of Light awardees are outstanding individual volunteers and people who are making a change in their community. Every week day the Prime Minister recognises an inspirational volunteer with the Daily Point of Light award.