Ryan O'Neill

Ryan O’Neill is 21 and studying for a degree in Psychiatric Nursing. Since leaving Bishop Hedley Catholic High School in Merthyr Tydfil, Ryan has come to appreciate the environment where he studied, which nurtured his values and faith, influenced his choice of career and enabled him to be respond to the world around him. Merthyr Tydfil has been severely impacted by the economic decline. Ryan wished to give something back to the community, so for the past 18 months he has been voluntarily returning to school, helping pupils as a learning support assistant. Ryan took it upon himself to organise support from the wider community. He has started supporting the PE department and has organised girls’ football trips and entries into competitions. He can see beyond the activity to its impact on raising the girls’ self- esteem. Ryan also organised a speaker to talk about prostate cancer and how to be aware of its symptoms. 

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