Trailblazers Work Experience in Five Questions: An Interview with Anthony Ford-Shubrook

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Anthony Ford Shubrook, aged 29 and from Kilburn, has previously interned with the Department of International Development and was a youth delegate for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Considering his experience, we were excited have him in our office, where he spent one month with the Care, Information and Advocacy team and another with Policy, Parliamentary and Campaigns. I’m Isabel Baylis, Work Experience Development Officer and I caught up with him on his last day to find out how it went.

What’s been the best part of the placement?

Writing letters for the advocacy team. The whole organisation got an email today about the success of an advocacy case in which the parents won a battle with the council to get their house adapted. I sent that letter to the council!

That’s what’s important, that what you’re doing is helping other people.

[For me, it’s been reading Anthony’s two fantastic blogs. You can read his blog on his experience our office here and on why the Government must improve employment opportunities for young disabled people here]

Anything weird or unexpected?

I wasn’t expecting the turnaround from the council from that letter- it only took three weeks! Also, I was surprised about the amount of letters MDUK gets, how many people are finding it hard.

What would be your advice for someone considering the placement?

Have a think about what you want to do and what you and what you want to get out of it. Make sure you have a look around the website!

Describe the placement in one sentence

Very very interesting, oh, and very very thought-provoking

[That’s a lot of ‘very’s there Anthony- we’ll take it as a compliment!]

And in one word?


Through the Trailblazers Work Experience Scheme Anthony’s had an offer to work on a national project with Disability Rights UK. If you’d like to get involved or do a placement with us then fill in our online survey here, or contact Isabel Baylis on 02078032889, or

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