21 November 2011 MPs, OTs, NUS and Acorns - A week in the life of Trailblazers

Trailblazers has spent the past seven days reaching out to new and diverse communities.

The week began with a whistle-stop trip to the North West and a visit to the constituency office of Manchester MP John Leech. Mr Leech has agreed to offer a work experience placement to a local Trailblazer and we will be sure to keep you up to date with the placement as things develop.

Friday lunchtime found us at the West Midlands Rehabilitation Centre in Birmingham where we spoke to physiotherapists, occupational therapists, care advisors and social care professionals about our investigations, reports and campaigns. It was good to get their feedback on all our activities and also to hear that they would recommend Trailblazers to their clients.

Later on Friday evening we held a regional group meeting at Acorns children's hospice in Selly Oak where ten new Trailblazers led discussions on our cinema documentary and campaign. The group also shared their experiences of access and disability rights matters in the West Midlands.

The week reached an exciting climax on Saturday when Trailblazers were asked to deliver a presentation at the National Union of Students Activism Conference at Goldsmiths College. Tanvi Vyas and Bobby Ancil led the group of disabled students and student union representatives though various campaigning scenarios and encouraged them to promote Trailblazers through their university networks.

Trailblazers Project Manager Bobby Ancil said:

I love having the chance to share the Trailblazers' outstanding work with other people interested in the rights of young disabled people. Meeting MPs, physios, OTs, new Trailblazers and students means we are getting our message out to the sort of people whose support will only make the network stronger.

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