As part of the celebration of Volunteers’ Week which began today, we want to celebrate the achievements of our Trailblazers Ambassadors.
Trailblazers began almost a decade ago in Northern Ireland as a small group of young disabled people determined to see change in disability rights. Today, Trailblazers is a 700-strong network of young disabled people right across the UK who want to see disabled people included in every aspect of life without barriers.
We have achieved so much in the last year, and we thank everyone who has contributed to our reports and campaigns, such as our spectator sports campaign, or shared their experiences to help us improve disability rights.
Special thanks are in order for some of our Trailblazers who have been working hard behind the scenes, including:
- Emma Voglemann (pictured above), for her fantastic work as a Campaigns Intern at Muscular Dystrophy UK and her great interview on You and Yours this week on taxi accessibility
- Suzanne Glover for supporting MDUK’s Mental Health Matters project
- Carrie-Ann Lightley, Dave Gale, Emily Yates and Hayleigh Barclay for facilitating workshops at our Glasgow event
- Sulaiman Khan for featuring in BBC Three’s brilliant short film, Things not to say to someone who uses a wheelchair
- Layla Harding for her campaigning work on Eurostar and changing their policy on supporting wheelchair users
- Harriet Butler for raising awareness in the media of our Move the Goal Posts report on spectator sports
- Marni Smyth for supporting our campaign for accessible toilets and for hosting a discussion on improving inclusion in the fashion industry
- Vivek Gohil for speaking at our Neuromuscular Care Conference in Nottingham
- Zoe Hallam for supporting our online Q&A on disability and employment
- Hannah-Lou Blackall for talking to Channel 4 news about her experiences of care packages
- Mathy Selvakumaran for her interview with the New Statesman about the under-representation of disabled people in politics
- Vicki Dennis for featuring in a Channel 4 News report about barriers to spectator sports.
Trailblazers would not exist if it wasn’t for dedicated volunteers like you coming up with ideas for campaigns, pushing for changes in policy, and helping us with reports, media coverage and just sharing your stories.
From Lauren, Victoria and Michaela we say a huge THANK YOU to all of you who have helped us make things better for young disabled people in the UK!