A YOUNG girl who has battled against her own mental health issues is taking her campaign for equal opportunities for her peers to the Houses of Parliament.

Evie Whitaker-Tingey, 13, who has anxiety and autism, yet always makes time to volunteer for The Youth Association.

Despite the issues in her life which have led her to being out of full-time education for six months Evie remains upbeat and motivated as she works to improve facilities for those in a similar situation to her.

Rachael Pearson, lead youth worker at The Youth Association, said: “During her time volunteering, she has engaged in a range of social action and youth voice projects.

“Evie has been campaigning for improved support for SEN in schools. Through her personal experience and research, she wants to advocate for improved resources and facilities and make SEND training mandatory for staff.

“Overall, she wants to campaign for more awareness of SEND and the best ways to support neurodivergent young people.

“Through this campaign she is representing all neurodivergent young people in Barnsley.”

This young activist believes that ‘kids should be thriving not surviving’, and is working to make sure the town is accessible to all.

In the upcoming months, Evie will be presenting this campaign at a meeting in the town hall with councillors, Mayor Mick Stowe and other professionals before going down to the Houses of Parliament to speak to MPs about these issues.

She is also working alongside Barnsley College students to create an animation around young people’s mental health.

Rachael has nominated Evie for a Barnsley Chronicle Young Champions Award.

Rachael added: “I would like to nominate Evie for this award, as during my time working with her I have witnessed a growth in her interpersonal and professional skill set, which is remarkable for someone aged 13.

“It is apparent that Evie strives to make her life better, evidenced by her willingness to engage in projects outside of her comfort zone.”