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News: Help car­ing vol­un­teer Owen win an award!

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Owen Brindley
Owen Brindley

A car­ing Not­ting­ham Col­lege stu­dent is up for a Nation­al Diver­si­ty Award once again! Owen Brind­ley lets noth­ing stand in the way of him help­ing oth­er people. 

But he needs as many votes as pos­si­ble to help him make the short­list for Pos­i­tive Role Mod­el (Dis­abil­i­ty).

The awards cel­e­brate uni­ty in soci­ety. The Pos­i­tive Role Mod­el cat­e­go­ry recog­nis­es an indi­vid­ual with­in the com­mu­ni­ty who shows self­less­ness, dri­ves change and works tire­less­ly to inspire others. 

21-year-old Owen is so ded­i­cat­ed to help­ing oth­er peo­ple that he was also nom­i­nat­ed last year! 

Being able to use my expe­ri­ences to help oth­ers with dis­abil­i­ties at Col­lege and in the com­mu­ni­ty is such a good feeling 

 — Stu­dent Owen Brindley

Votes are open now

If you would like to vote for him you can go to the nom­i­na­tions web­site.

More about Owen

Owen was born with­out kid­neys and has hear­ing and speech prob­lems, as well as hav­ing oth­er health issues. Owen said: I have nev­er eat­en or drank like every­one else, as my lungs don’t close off when water or food goes down the windpipe.” 

All these things mean that Owen has under­gone more than 30 oper­a­tions dur­ing his life. Despite these chal­lenges, Owen loves to get on with enter­tain­ing peo­ple and help­ing others. 

Along­side his Per­son­al and Social Devel­op­ment course, Owen also stud­ies Func­tion­al Skills in maths and Eng­lish. He is on the Not­ting­ham Col­lege Stu­dent Coun­cil, where he helps give oth­er stu­dents their voice in Col­lege life. 

Entertaining and making a difference

He got on stage at a Not­ting­ham Col­lege Fresh­ers’ Fair event to help enter­tain his fel­low stu­dents. He used sign lan­guage to sign along to some songs from the musi­cal The Great­est Showman. 

Owen has also done lots of oth­er vol­un­teer­ing and char­i­ty fundrais­ing. For exam­ple, he’s a DJ on the show Mon­day Mad­ness LIVE with DJ Owen, on FMB Radio. He also helps in a local pri­ma­ry school, and he even signed up to be an NHS vol­un­teer responder. 

More information

To read more about Owen’s sto­ry and vote for him by fill­ing in a short nom­i­na­tion form, vis­it the nom­i­na­tions web­site. After nom­i­nat­ing, you’ll receive an email, so that you can val­i­date your vote. Vot­ing clos­es on Fri­day 4 June. 

Published on:
  • 18th May 2021 (4:53 PM)
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