School Advocates: On the front line of inclusion

 Young person on 13-17 course

Top fundraiser puts the ‘fun’ in fundraising   
Whether it’s running 14 chilly, hilly miles,  pulling his mate, Nick in a wheelchair up Skiddaw, or even dressing up as Sacha Baron Cohen ‘s ‘Bruno’ (No, we’re not sure why either?!) Mark Howden has shown that he’s not only ‘game for a laugh’ but that he’s also really committed to fundraising for Back Up.
As a member of Nomura’s Equity Sales Team, Mark first got involved with Back Up when he was invited to our Ball by Normura trustee, Nick Barr-Hamilton - a wheelchair user himself -  back in 2002. Since then, Mark has gone on to become his department’s ‘Charity Champion’ and has attended the Back Up Ball every year for the last TEN years!  
Since he started his fundraising efforts, Mark has raised more than £15,000 for the charity, which has earned him the accolade of being one of Just Giving’s top fundraisers.  He’s now planning to raise more money for Back Up by becoming a wheelchair user for a week  - experiencing first-hand what it’s like and raising awareness among his somewhat bewildered colleagues!
If you too fancy supporting Back Up, then don’t worry – you don’t necessarily have to dress up as a camp Austrian or dance stupidly on a table at the Back Up Ball - Take a look at our Back Up Team website to see all the opportunities out there for fundraising fun. 

Children and young people with disabilities have lower levels of community participation and inclusion than their non-disabled peers.* Back Up wants to change this. Our new volunteer Advocates will be on the front line defending the right to maintream education and inclusion for children with a spinal cord injury.

“There are so many different people involved in a young person’s return to school after an injury. We will help them connect to all the services. We will be role models and help make their transition easier”

School Advocate

 

The Advocates will give the young people and families a strong voice amid all the professionals involved, will act as positive role models challenging perceptions of disability, offer a supportive network and inspire people affected by spinal cord injury to transform their lives.

This an exciting development for the schools and families inclusion service which has seen demand for the service grow dramatically since it was first set up three years ago. We will now be able to reach more children and young people supporting them to be heard and enjoy school.


Top fundraiser puts the ‘fun’ in fundraising   
Whether it’s running 14 chilly, hilly miles,  pulling his mate, Nick in a wheelchair up Skiddaw, or even dressing up as Sacha Baron Cohen ‘s ‘Bruno’ (No, we’re not sure why either?!) Mark Howden has shown that he’s not only ‘game for a laugh’ but that he’s also really committed to fundraising for Back Up.
As a member of Nomura’s Equity Sales Team, Mark first got involved with Back Up when he was invited to our Ball by Normura trustee, Nick Barr-Hamilton - a wheelchair user himself -  back in 2002. Since then, Mark has gone on to become his department’s ‘Charity Champion’ and has attended the Back Up Ball every year for the last TEN years!  
Since he started his fundraising efforts, Mark has raised more than £15,000 for the charity, which has earned him the accolade of being one of Just Giving’s top fundraisers.  He’s now planning to raise more money for Back Up by becoming a wheelchair user for a week  - experiencing first-hand what it’s like and raising awareness among his somewhat bewildered colleagues!
If you too fancy supporting Back Up, then don’t worry – you don’t necessarily have to dress up as a camp Austrian or dance stupidly on a table at the Back Up Ball - Take a look at our Back Up Team website to see all the opportunities out there for fundraising fun. 
*Source: Anderson et al 2004 & 2007