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.
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.