Volunteer of the month November 2012: Bassu Miah

Bassu in the London Eye

For over a year, Bassu regularly made a two and a half hour bus journey to volunteer in  the Back Up office.

"Before I came to Back Up I had done some volunteering already. So I wasn't looking for work experience as such but to get to know Back Up better by getting to know the staff and to get involved in things there.  I hoped that this would allow me to meet and make friends with other people who also have a spinal cord  injury and learn more about my disability from others' experience.”

“The other aim was to get used to using public transport for getting across London. The journey in has now given me much more confidence in taking the bus, and dealing with small annoyances that may come with it, like packed buses and lippy drivers.”

“I wanted to help out any way I could, especially with the skills I already had.  I feel I have achieved all these things and learned a whole lot more."

Bassu has provided support in many ways to many members of staff, but his biggest contribution has been in the realm of IT. Bassu has monitored the hits on our web site, improved our database, and produced IT helpsheets for staff and volunteers. Most importantly, Bassu has developed an app for the inclusive education toolkit , making  it much easier for children and young people, whom the toolkit is primarily aimed at, to access it. 

We would like to take this opportunity to say a huge, heartfelt thank you for all that he has done for Back Up.