Courtney Giles
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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.

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Do More 24 - Celebrating Student Volunteering Week with Warwick Volunteers

(0) Comments | Posted 25 March 2014 | (18:06)

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...

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Disability and Disney: The New Disability Access Service

(0) Comments | Posted 23 October 2013 | (23:14)

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...

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

(1) Comments | Posted 8 October 2013 | (00:00)

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...

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I am the Change 2013

(0) Comments | Posted 14 March 2013 | (13:47)

"I am the change" is a competition run by the NUS. It is about encouraging students to make positive changes with the support of the NUS. Time is running out to enter this year's competition, ending on March 18th 2013, so I thought I would take this opportunity...

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Student Volunteering Week 2013

(0) Comments | Posted 10 February 2013 | (17:33)

I really like the quote that appears when you first log on to the student volunteering week website (www.studentvolunteeringweek.org.uk) '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...

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I am the Change - Saving Epsom Phab

(0) Comments | Posted 12 December 2012 | (14:17)

Epsom Phab is a youth club for able bodied and disabled children aged 8-16 and it is where I have been volunteering since I turned 16 years old. We meet in Epsom every Friday night and the club runs for two hours. The main ethos of our club...

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