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Courtney Giles

Warwick University student. Volunteer at Epsom Phab. Winner of NUS UK “I am the Change” 2012

I am studying Childhood, Education and Society Studies at University of Warwick with a particular interest in children with special needs and theatre for children. I have a passion for inclusion which I have followed through in my voluntary work. I am a volunteer at Epsom and Ewell Phab, a club providing inclusive activities for disabled and non-disabled children and have been since 2009. As a volunteer on club evenings, holidays and trips I facilitate young people in various activities enabling them to take part on equal terms. I am also a Youth Achievement Award Group worker having introduced YAA to Epsom Phab and completed my Youth Achievement Platinum Award. Whilst at University I also help at Kenilworth Phab, a group for disabled and non-disabled adults. In 2012 I was awarded the Louis Goldberg award in recognition of outstanding work and achievement in fulfilling Phab’s aims. I am also winner of the NUS UK competition “I am the Change” 2012, which came about when Epsom Phab was under threat of closure at the end of 2011. Winning the competition enabled us to run a highly successful campaign aimed at securing the future of our club. As a result of I am the change; I have spoken at NUS conference 2012 and Activism 2012 about our campaign.

Do More 24 - Celebrating Student Volunteering Week with Warwick Volunteers

Volunteering is something I have been heavily involved in whilst at University and now in my final year, I am on the Student Executive Committee for Warwick Volunteers. Throughout the year we do plenty of volunteering and offer students many different opportunities, but we use Student Volunteering Week as a celebration of all the volunteering that goes on at Warwick.
27/03/2014 11:59 GMT

Disability and Disney: The New Disability Access Service

Over my summer in America, I was really surprised to see how prevalent the use of Guest Assistance Cards (GAC) was. Every morning at City Hall (guest services) there was a long line of people trying to get their card to prove their disability and to get them to the front of the rides...
25/10/2013 13:09 BST

The Most Magical Place on Earth - My Summer in Walt Disney World

During the summer I was lucky enough to gain a place on the Walt Disney World College Program as a character attendant and I can honestly say it was the most unusual and inspiring experience of my life. As a child I always said I would love to work at Disney, but I never believed this could actually be a reality...
07/10/2013 17:24 BST

I am the Change 2013

Winning the competition has done so much for my youth club, I really encourage you to enter and try for yourself, as the time you spend filling in the form could make a big difference. All you need is a change that you are passionate about.
15/03/2013 13:58 GMT

Student Volunteering Week 2013

I really like the quote that appears when you first log on to the student volunteering week website: 'We don't wish things were better. We make it better'. This phrase sums up for me what I think volunteering is about making a difference and taking things into your own hands.
12/02/2013 09:35 GMT

I am the Change - Saving Epsom Phab

'I am the change' is a project which encourages students to make positive changes and where others can vote for which change they want to make. Little did I know that day what a huge difference the five minutes I took to fill out the online form would make.
21/12/2012 10:45 GMT