We are very proud to announce that Jack has been awarded with the James Beckwith Inspirational young person of the year award. This award recognizes and celebrates outstanding achievements.
Jack came into contact with Back Up at a spinal centre wheelchair skills session in 2012. He attended the teenagers multi activity course less than a year later and worked hard to develop his wheelchair skills. Since then, he has joined the Youth Advisory Group and trained to become a young volunteer skills trainer, volunteering for the first time in this role on the under 13s course earlier this year. Described as an “excellent role model and a valuable member of the course leadership team” Jack’s contribution helped to ensure that children with spinal cord injury not only advanced in their wheelchair skills but also passed on useful advice to both them and their parents.
Since getting involved with Back Up, Jack has shown an incredible amount of growth on a personal level, he’s now more confident in speaking up and this is apparent from his time teaching wheelchair skills. An amazing asset to Back Up and helping to shape U18s services in the future, we want to say huge congratulations to Jack.
If like Jack, you want to volunteer as a youth advisor and help shape our services for children visit our webpage for young volunteers. The next Youth Advisory Group weekend is taking place from 13 – 15 March 2015