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News: Vote for inspi­ra­tional Owen to win a nation­al award!

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Owen Brindley
Owen Brindley

(orig­i­nal­ly post­ed 4 May — updat­ed 20 May)

A Not­ting­ham Col­lege stu­dent is in the run­ning for a Nation­al Diver­si­ty Award, after let­ting noth­ing stand in the way of his desire to help oth­ers. Owen Brind­ley spends a lot of his time vol­un­teer­ing to help fel­low stu­dents and local young peo­ple, and is hop­ing to win the Pos­i­tive Role Mod­el (dis­abil­i­ty) award as a result.

Owen needs as many votes as pos­si­ble to help him win his cat­e­go­ry in the Nation­al Diver­si­ty Awards, which cel­e­brate uni­ty in society. 

20-year-old Owen was born with­out kid­neys, has hear­ing and speech prob­lems, and is fed through a Per­cu­ta­neous Endo­scop­ic Gas­tron­o­my (PEG). He has under­gone more than 30 oper­a­tions dur­ing his life, but despite these chal­lenges Owen is deter­mined to use his love of enter­tain­ing peo­ple to help others. 

Along­side study­ing for an Entry Lev­el 3 qual­i­fi­ca­tion in per­son­al and social devel­op­ment, and Lev­el 1 Func­tion­al Skills in maths and Eng­lish, Owen plays an impor­tant role at Not­ting­ham Col­lege as the Stu­dents’ Union Dis­abil­i­ty Officer. 

I help the Col­lege and peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties by attend­ing impor­tant meet­ings to help and give some ideas. 

I have also run work­shops where stu­dents come in and do board games, get togeth­er and make new friends. 

 — Owen Brind­ley

Owen has done lots of oth­er vol­un­teer­ing and char­i­ty fundrais­ing, and he presents two local radio shows to enter­tain oth­ers. The first is called Mon­day Mad­ness LIVE with DJ Owen, on FMB Radio and the sec­ond is on Not­ting­hamshire YMCA Dig­i­tal on a Thursday. 

Owen said: My mum donat­ed a kid­ney to me, which was amaz­ing and prob­a­bly saved my life! I wear two hear­ing aids and with­out them I wouldn’t be able to hear any­one. I’ve always been nil by mouth as well, but I don’t let it stop me doing the things I enjoy.” 

He added: When I was young, I was grant­ed wish­es from the char­i­ty When you Wish Upon a Star. One of them allowed me to become a But­lins Red­coat enter­tain­er for a week­end, which I real­ly enjoyed.”

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

 — Owen

Not­ting­ham Col­lege Stu­dent Well­be­ing Man­ag­er, Lau­ra Archer, said: Owen helped devel­op the impor­tant new role of Dis­abil­i­ty Offi­cer in our Stu­dents’ Union, and he’s so enthu­si­as­tic and pas­sion­ate about his work. 

He is ded­i­cat­ed to sup­port­ing our stu­dents to get the most out of their time here, and he thor­ough­ly deserves this award.” 

You can read more about Owen’s sto­ry and vote for him by fill­ing in a short form on the awards web­site below. They will then send you an email for you to val­i­date your vote. Vot­ing clos­es on Mon­day 18th May [UPDATE: see dead­line exten­sion below]. 

NOTE: dead­line extend­ed! You now have until Mon­day 8th June to vote!

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  • 20th May 2020 (9:54 AM)
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