Laura was named as the winner of the Young Volunteer of the Year category at the prestigious ceremony in Cardiff at the National Museum, because of her sheer commitment and enthusiasm as a volunteer for Time to Change Wales; a national campaign to end mental health stigma and discrimination in Wales.
On winning the award, Laura Moulding, Time to Change Wales Champion said: “I am so delighted and honoured to have won this award. Being a volunteer for Time to Change Wales has been so rewarding. Since becoming a Community Champion, I was able to deliver anti-stigma sessions and talk openly about my mental health journey, as well as providing support with events, conferences and policy briefings.
As someone with lived experience of mental health problems, I didn’t think I’d have the bravery to talk. However, despite my anxiety and fears, I signed up as a Time to Change Wales Champion because I didn't want anyone else to go through the silence and the heartache of stigma and discrimination like I did. I know how important it is to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination in Wales, and I am really proud to be part of this national campaign.”
Ruth Marks, Chief Executive of WCVA, organisers of the brand-new Welsh Charity Awards, said: “All the winners have set the standard for excellence in the third sector in Wales on the night: most certainly a shining light! The judging panel was blown away by the real dedication and passion shown in delivering their life-changing services, and the way they have made a real difference to the lives of so many. Only a select few were shortlisted, so winning this award is really rather special. They should be very proud of themselves.”