Samya is a Medical Student at the University of Bristol. She’s volunteered with Off the Record Bristol as a Young Advisor and is now working as the Chair of the Wellfest Committee. Wellfest is a wellbeing festival for young peoples’ positive mental health, providing opportunities for them to get involved with services in fun, safe and engaging manner.
Now in its second year, the festival has doubled its reach, attracting hundreds of visitors and members of the public showing their support, whilst gaining TV coverage. The inspiration for the festival came when she attended the 4YP roadshow in 2012 and she wanted to give OTR a similar platform to showcase their amazing work and bring together other organisations that support young people, thus founding the festival last year.
She is passionate about challenging injustice, creating space for young people, improving mental health and championing diversity in education. She is also a member of the NHS Youth Forum.