Don Valley MP Caroline Flint features in a new photographic exhibition in Parliament.
The exhibition, titled Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures, Portraits and Stories from Yorkshire, is sponsored by Connecting Enterprising Women. The exhibition features photos by Nick Gregan and Johanna Hilton accompanied by words written by the subjects.
Caroline was photographed at Martinwells Lake, Edlington, a project she has volunteered at for the past four years.
Caroline's message to young women:
"Family problems meant that by the time I was 18 I had already lived away from home twice with friends and once thanks to a charity.
Difficult though that was I was able to get through my O and A level exams and get a place at the University of East Anglia - the first person in my family to do so.
As for careers advice, I didn't have much to call on. I enjoyed history and literature and that's what I opted for at university.
My photo is at Martinwells Lake, Edlington where I have been a volunteer since 2009 clearing litter, cutting back hedges and creating pathways.
An old brick pond overgrown and isolated, the volunteers have transformed it into a green and welcoming place for everyone in this former mining village.
My advice to young women is to invest in yourself and be open to a helping hand. Life doesn't always go according to plan and sometimes people let you down. That's when your investment in you counts."
Photo courtesy of Johanna Hilton Photography.