Meet the Young Voices!
We are really proud of our Young Voices and the work they do to raise awareness and improve experiences within education, employment and engagement whilst also helping young people support health and wellbeing in the VI community.
Come and meet the team and find out just what drives them!
My name is Alex, I am 18 years old and I was born with three eye conditions – Glaucoma, Aniridia, and Nystagmus. I am currently in my final year of college studying level 3 Sports and Exercise Science. Sports is my passion and I currently play Goalball for Croydon’s Croysutt Warriors and am part of Goalball UKs Talent Squad. I also love playing bass and singing.
I joined Young Voices as I wanted to give people an insight into what it is like as a young person with visual impairment. I want to make sure that people are aware or our needs and to make sports as accessible as possible. By providing schools, universities, offices places, coaches and trainers with the right information, they can help support the next generation of blind and partiality sighted young people achieve their goals.
My name is Elliott, I am 21 and I am from Liverpool, England. I go to Knowsley Community College and I study Health and Social Care which entails looking after vulnerable people like the elderly and disabled and how to do so. I love playing video games, watching films and going out with friends. I am a writer and love writing poetry. I also won an award for singing a Christmas song in French.
I volunteer with Young Voices because I enjoy helping people less fortunate than myself. I’ve learned that before you judge someone, know the facts. Other people should volunteer because it can make you feel glad that you are making a difference.
My name is Rainbow, I am 19 years old and I live in Liverpool. I am a professional footballer for the England blind senior men’s team. I started to lose my sight from the age of eight years old as I got a detached retina in my left eye and also had the conditions glaucoma, aniridia and nystagmus. During this time I started to gradually lose my sight in my right eye also and started to become blind. Since then I’ve always wanted to represent my country in the Paralympics, as I loved football from a young age I went down this path and now represent my country at an international level. I love sports and I support Manchester United football club. I am going to study PE in sports at University in 2022.
Volunteering for TPT lets me help over blind and visually impaired people around the country on the world as I have done numerous public speaking for charities and organisations which has led me on to speak in the Houses of Parliament to meeting famous and influential people.
My name is Yousaf, I am 18 and I live in Walsall. I love sports, and I really enjoy watching and playing cricket. I also really like football.
School told me about a volunteering opportunity coming up at TPT and I decided to go ahead and apply, which has been the one of the best things I have done. Joining Young Voices has built my confidence and gives me a chance to have my voice heard which is important to me. I really enjoy meeting new people and being part of the group.
I’m Scarlett and I am 17 years old and from the Midlands. I have the sight condition Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis which has resulted in me having no vision or light perception. I am currently studying Biology, Chemistry and English Language at A-level at a mainstream 6th form which I thoroughly enjoy. I am a competitive swimmer which takes up much of my free time! When I am not at school or swimming, I enjoy listening to sport on the radio and playing the flute and the piano.
I volunteer as it allows me to give back and help others, especially with organisation that will have a positive impact on others like TPT. It allows me to use my skills that I have to help others, but also allows me to learn new skills which I can then transfer into other aspects of my life. Volunteering is a good learning opportunity for me as I gain new experiences and work with others which are important things to take forward in life.
my name is Eliza and I am 17 and from the Midlands, and I am Scarlett’s sister. I am at 6th form studying biology, psychology and physics A-Levels. I have Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis and have no vision. In my free time, I swim competitively so much of my free time is taken up by training and competitions. Outside of the pool, I enjoying listening to sports and music on the radio and playing piano and saxophone. I am a braillist, I love reading as I love to learn new things.
Volunteering enables me to give back to an organisation that is important to me and supports a cause that means something to me. It allows me to use my skills in a way that helps others and that’s really important to me.
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