Completing the Young Leaders programme with Whizz-Kidz is one of the best things I have ever done. Over the course of one year I went from having very little confidence in myself to being more independent as well as learning new having skills.
I began my Young Leader’s training at a Whizz-Kidz camp in the summer of 2015. I found the nine different modules really engaging and learnt many new skills along the way, such as how to lead activities and how to become more independent.
I completed the modules by helping at wheelchair skills training sessions, planning and leading icebreakers, supporting the young people at my local ambassador club, and learning how to play wheelchair basketball (which, by the way is AMAZING)!
For my final module, I did something that I never thought I could possibly do. In summer 2016 I gave an inspirational speech to a group of young people and adults at the same camp that I started my Young Leaders training, just one year earlier! It took a lot of planning and practice, but it was definitely worth it.
I talked about my studies with the Open University, work experience I had undertaken, and, amongst other things, the skydive that I completed from 15,000ft! I wanted to show that you don’t have to let a disability hold you back, a message I learned from the Young Leaders programme.
I believe every young wheelchair user should get involved with the Young Leaders programme. You can complete the modules at your own pace and become a more independent, confident person. Challenge yourself, you won’t regret it!