My name is James, I'm 34 and have used a wheelchair for over 10 years. I have been working as a trainer for Whizz-Kidz for 5 years, doing Wheelchair Skills, Ambassador Clubs, Work Placements and Camps!
I am a trained youth worker and love working with young people. I used to run a web design company from home but I wanted a new challenge and to get out more! I am a very sociable person who loves meeting new people, and making a difference to peoples lives. I heard about Whizz-Kidz, saw what they are all about and literally the next day I applied for a job!
I have had so many amazing experiences working with Whizz-Kidz. Seeing the progression of the young people is amazing. The life skills of independence and ability to socialise make the job so rewarding to do. Seeing the kids develop and achieve their goals is so special to me and to everyone at Whizz-Kidz. I also love that no two days are never the same.
I have so many stories from Whizz-Kidz but today I want to tell you about a time on a wheelchair skills course. While we practiced doors, pulling the door towards you (tricky in a wheelchair) a girl was struggling but so determined to do it on her own. It took her quite a while and lots of effort but she managed to do it, and went through the door safely. As she went through the door a member of staff from the school started crying, as they didn't think she would be able to go through doors on her own. The girl saw the staff member crying and said: 'Get a grip, it's just a door!'
I wouldn’t say I am a 'role model' but hopefully the young people I work with see a disabled person doing something productive and inspires them to do the same and realise that things are achievable.