2018 - 2019
City University of London
LL.M in Clinical Legal Education
(including the Bar Practice Training Course)
Cross Examination 89% (OS)
ADR 88% (OS)
Civil Advocacy 87% (OS)
Drafting 87% (OS)
Opinion Writing 86% (OS)
Examination in Chief 85% (OS)
Company Law 81% (VC)
Conference Skills 76% (VC)
Professional Ethics 71% (VC)
Professional Negligence 69% (CO)
OS = Outstanding
VC - Very Competent
CO = Competent
Employment and Social Security Representative | Free Representation Unit
November 2018 - Present: Volunteer, Hackney Law Centre
2015 - 2016
Centre for Commercial Law Studies
LL.M in Human Rights Law with Distinction
European Human Rights 74%
Dissertation in Human Rights Law 72%
Mental Health Law 70%
Privacy and Information Law 63%
2011 - 2014
Queen Mary, University of London
2:1 (68%) LL.B Law Degree
Family Law 73%
International Human Rights 72%
Dissertation Module 70%
Public Law 64%
Criminal Law 60%
Equity and Trusts 62%
Elements of Contract Law 61%
EU Law 60%
Human Rights in the UK - 60% overall, 72% in coursework
Tort Law 56%
Administrative Law 50%
Law of Property 41%
2009 - 2011
Trafford College (A-Levels)
English Language A
English Literature B (AS-Level)
1998 - 2009
Hebden Green Community School
Nine GCSEs ranging from A to C
AS Student of the Year;
A2 Student of the Year;
Campaign of the Year;
LGBT Young Heroes Award;
Blackstone Entrance Award;
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Award (£18k for BPTC);
Highly Commended at the European Diversity Awards 2018 in the Campaigner of the Year Category
I help clients with completing welfare benefit forms and challenging refusals. This can involve appearing in the Social Security Tribunal.
September 2018: Mini-Pupillage, Wilberforce Chambers
I was shadowing Benjamin Fawkner at a Costs and Case Management Conference (“CCMC”) concerning a right of way and trespass. The CCMC was practical in nature and focused on how to proceed. The hearing was informal with lots of pingponging. Some issues were agreed beforehand too.
I also shadowed Marcia Shekerdemian QC, a master in the Insolvency and Companies Court. The cases are heard with pace; they are often only a few minutes long. The lists are at 10:30, 11:00 etc.
Common themes were wanting an adjournment to create for time to settle debts and petitioning for bankruptcy. The aim was often to figure out what was possible for achieving the common goal of settling the debt.
June - July 2018: Assessed Mini-Pupillage, Monckton Chambers
I helped with the preparation of a case in the Upper Tribunal on Appeal from the First Tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability) concerned with Regulation 4(c) of the Equality Act 2010 (Disability) Regulations by checking submissions and helping to write responses. I also saw the case being heard, which allowed insight into how the barrister summarised the opposition's argument before offering an alternative, used a speaker's note to help people follow and checked during lunch how his arguments were being received by the judge.
I had the opportunity to complete the London Legal Walk, meet a variety of barristers, work on different cases and to learn more about how I could build my practice.
June 2018: Mini-Pupillage, Doughty Street Chambers
I prepared for a Post Inquiry Review about a man who died after going to the GP with tightness and pains in the neck and chest base and shoulders. This was interesting because it involved looking at the medical evidence, statements and medical practice guidelines. It was a fact finding mission. I also prepared for a Court of Protection case involving a woman with schizophrenia and learning disabilities who wants to move from her care home but she lacks mental capacity. I prepared for a third case where P wants to leave her care home and go back to her flat. It is argued that her dementia means she does not understand the consequences of this and, therefore, lacks capacity. I was privileged to observe Oliver Lewis in several cases. I was surprised with how the advocates agreed but the judge took a different view.
April - May 2018: Work Experience, Mishcon de Rea
I did research on how a parent company can remove directors from its subsidiaries. I also attended a Know How meeting, where updating materials, technology and practices for effective work was discussed. A lot of time and effort is put into making sure the lawyers can be as efficient as possible.
I went to a training session that walked associates through how Mishcon de Rea helps investment companies to invest into unlisted/unquoted companies. I learned that it is important to check the structure of the recipient company because the legal fees are included in the investment total with some investment companies. They may also tie key people because they are investing in them too. This can be done by stopping the transfer of shares.
I compared the Quoted Companies Alliance’s (for small and mid-size companies on AIM) Remuneration Committee Guide and the UK Corporate Governance Code (for large companies on the London Stock Exchange). There were common themes of aligning interests of the company and the directors, having remuneration committees, benchmarks, key performance indicators and gives similar examples of when you would reward directors. The RGC had more detail as to the steps that are recommended whilst the UKCGC seemed to assume that you knew what you were doing. This may be an indication that the RCG is for smaller companies. The UKCGC speaks more of values, culture, the long term and share prices. It also talks of employee fairness and development and making sure directors are not paid excessively in comparison. It also has maximum awards of remuneration. The RCG has more on communicating with shareholders. I also looked at the QCA Audit Committee Guide.
I did confidential work that I cannot discuss too. I learned that corporate law is rather interesting. I enjoyed learning all the areas that I covered. The areas are very technical and in black letter law and regulations. A lot of effort goes into making sure the fee earners are as effective and profitable as possible. The Know-How team prepare briefings on areas of law that are updated regularly, run training and introduce technology to make practice easier.
August 2015: Works Experience, BLM
Working on a range of personal injury and occupational disease case was a fantastic opportunity to explore different areas of the law.
This was a great chance to utilise legal analysis in cases involving clients in a leading law firm. This provided for an invigorating experience learning the operations of a successful firm filled with friendly staff and lawyers.
August 2015: Mini-Pupillage, Coram Chambers
Shadowed Caitlin Ferris, William Metaxa, Elpha Lecointe and Gorgina Rushworth in the Central Family Court as they dealt with a range of childrens issues.
This was a great opportunity to witness how much negotiation takes place outside of the courtroom to 'narrow the issues'. It is also an opportunity to ensure the client's wishes are met by the order.
June 2015: Works Experience, Matrix Chambers
Shadowed Karon Monaghan QC and Mathew Purchase in the Court on Appeal as they challenged court fees in the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeals Tribunal on the grounds of discrimination and EU law.
This was a great opportunity to witness two very strong advocates give their arguments and interact with the judges in a calm, clear and confident manner.
August 2014 - July 2015: Advising Team Leader, Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre
Being an Advising Team Leader presented the opportunity to be a team player as cooperation with the LAC management, the Support Team and Student Advisors to ensure seamless running of the centre and maintain a cheerful atmosphere. Professionalism and a positive attitude were, therefore, required. Supporting Student Advisors demanded excellent leadership and managerial skills as they need guidance to find their feet in an unfamiliar role. Effective thinking, communication and presentation of information where necessary to give such direction in order to answer questions and inform of LAC practices and procedures. Leading a team of intelligent Advisors called for integrity, initiative, focus and the ability to cope under pressure and to motivate.
Student Advisors came with problems, including being unsure as to what is expected of the role, managing numerous commitments, needing clarification on LAC’s practices and procedures and uncertainty as to how their research should be completed. It also allowed for exposure to having responsibility towards a group of people. Quick thinking and the abilities to reason, guide and support were often demanded. Knowledge of discrimination law, criminal law, immigration law, human rights law and family law is often called upon in light of my responsibility towards those on the Pink Law Project, which advises the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and the Immigration Law programme.
General tasks include helping with training and development, completing paperwork, handling initial questions and concerns, helping with promotional events, personnel duties, eporting to senior management, after advice session office hours and explaining LAC procedures and processes.
August 2014 - July 2015: Intern, Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre
Interning at Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre was a chance to write various different articles for its now defunct blog. The articles, however, can still be found on this website's blog. I also did the research and materials for its new revenge porn programme. The task included putting together training materials for the students, which contained all the relevant laws and how to apply them as well as good practice and useful resources. General tasks included helping with training and development completing paperwork, handling initial questions and concerns, helping with promotional events, personnel duties, reporting to senior management, after advice session office hours and explaining LAC procedures and processes
Sept 2012 - Jun 2014: Student Advisor, Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre
The role of Student Advisor expected clearly written client case summaries providing a comprehensive, yet succinct, description of the case facts as part of the advice letter. Research skills were necessary in this role as well as knowledge and a good grasp of the law, which allows the legal problem to be identified. Good understanding of the law was also exhibited when applying law to the facts of the cases. The advice letter is Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre’s means of providing legal support to its clients and is written once all relevant information is extracted during the interview with the client. This required good attention to detail to ensure that all the facts of the case were noted during the interview and that the most relevant information was included in the summary.
Communication with clients and supervising lawyers remained polite, professional and friendly throughout my time in this role. The same courteousness was extended to the LAC’s team and management. Communication skills were also necessary in clarity of expression, which was important when asking questions in the interview. Clarity of expression also extended to the advice letter in that my advice had to remain clear and understandable throughout. Clients have rarely encountered the technicalities of the law and, therefore, it is essential that such complex information be presented to them in an accessible manner. Clarity of expression is, therefore, extended to precise and clear writing and good structuring of information.
The role of Student Advisor was a big responsibility as clients relied on me to find legal solutions to their problems. The ability to handle pressure is very important as a result. It was also essential that the ability to manage multiple commitments is demonstrated. This was particularly difficult with the pressures of studying law but it was sufficiently handled.
Areas of law included employment, discrimination, criminal justice, contract, property, cohabitation and immigration.
Oct 2007: Legal Intern, Wealth and Investment Management at Barclays
This role allowed for improved awareness of the accuracy required in legal writing and how precise it needs to be by creating and proof-reading wills. It required the ability to swiftly adapt to new situations by working in this unfamiliar environment rapidly learn and master specialist computer software used to create wills. Communication skills were demanding when talking to others ensuring an effective will-writing process.
NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATIONS EXPERIENCE
July 2018 - Present: Founder, Association of Disabled Lawyers
I founded the Association of Disabled Lawyers. I am currently responsible for all aspects of the Association's activities. This includes marketing, membership building, networking and structures.
Jan 2017 - Jan 2019 : Education Lead, Human Rights Lawyers Association's Young Lawyers Committee
Throughout my two terms, I helped to organise events, the Judicial Review Competition, Young Human Rights Lawyer Journal and career events needs production, networking and team working skills when meeting and working with clients, solicitors, clerks and judges.
I organised the event Disability in the Legal Professions, which discussed the careers of five disabled lawyers. Two important points were raised. Firstly, disclosing and recognising your disability can be a positive step to getting the adjustments needed to overcome the obstacles of being a disabled person. Secondly, the panel found that difference is good. The event was unique and positive given that the diversity conversations often omit disability. There was interest from the legal press and an article was written by Legal Cheek.
I also organised and spoke at the Disability, Education and Human Rights event, which discussed the L case, schools failing to make reasonable adjustments and inadequate sex education. A lack of support and funding was a common theme in the discussions.
Helping to create the Young Human Rights Lawyer Journal was a key part of my second term. My responsibility was to co-ordinate the editing process.
Nov 2017 - Mar 2018: Secretary, Bi Pride UK
Handling requests from the Chair at short notice and being available when needed was a significant part of the role. This included making contact with Bi Pride UK committee members, external people and sending out agendas. Self-motivation when working remotely is part of the role.
Participation in and engagement with the Executive Committee and supporting the Chair was part of my role. I set up a Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility Committee to support diversity and inclusion, introduced an action log, contact list, new communications process and played a legal role in the absence of expertise.
Persuasive and confident communication took place when discussing recruitment, meeting processes, the lack of engagement and formality.
Feb 2016 - July 2017: Volunteer, Alzheimer's Research UK
Volunteering for Alzheimer's Research UK involved preparing materials and helping to run events in order to raise funds for dementia. Research skills and creativity were required in order to find the information and make it representable. The ability to process the information was needed to make the information accessibility. Engaging with people was also significant aspect of the role, to give support and information.
June 2015 - March 2018: Information Service Volunteer, Stonewall
Volunteers on Stonewall’s Information Service respond to enquiries from people who need urgent details on LGBT rights. Many people who contact the service, via email or phone, have experienced discrimination and need to know how to take action. Others may be planning to start a family or get married and have questions on the relevant legislation. Volunteers form the frontline of support by providing detailed and empathetic responses and signposting people on to legal advisors, counsellors and community groups.
March 2015 - August 2015: Press and Publicity Intern, Access to Justice Foundation
This role involved researching local press and legal contacts in the area of the Legal Support Trusts’ events. Excel was used to create a national database of local news outlets, journalists and lawyers conscious of legal aid difficulties. I also drafted press releases and wrote articles for both the Foundation and the Legal Support Trusts using Word.
August 2013 - 2015: Intern, Volunteer and Peer Facilitator, British Institute of Human Rights
The role of Intern at the British Institute of Human Rights entailed completing research on the perpetuated myths surrounding the European Convention of Human Rights and the European Union for the BIHR's Human Rights Tour, allowing the staff to educate the public as to how MPs and journalists wrongly portray rights as a hate figure dictating UK policy. I also looked behind the tabloid and news headlines to discover that the judgements were being distorted to create public outcry. Research into local human rights cases was also carried out to help the local residents to connect with human rights, making them more accessible and real. This helped to ensure that those coming to the Tour realise that rights do protect people and they do it close to home. Similarly, positive articles were discovered that did not credit human rights as the remedy.
An evaluative project regarding the Mental Capacity Act was completed, requiring good understanding of the Act and how it is applied before assisting with hosting a committee that discussed the practical application of the Act.
Assistance was given, as a peer facilitator, to host the Human Rights Here and Now Protect 2014, a seminar on child rights. Working on BIHR’s projects required good research, writing and analytical ability and self-motivation whilst hosting events required the capacity to work under pressure.
The privilege of being invited to the ECHR's 60th Anniversary celebrations and interaction with high profile human rights professional was also attained.
Jan 2011 - Present: Founding Director, Being Disabled in a Normal Society
I founded 'BDNS' as a blog discussing the issues faced by disabled people. The project was then expanded into a full website, in 2013, explaining disability rights and providing information regarding accessible venues, social events, sporting activities and holiday venues whilst continuing with the blog. This involves writing newsletters and having a presence on social media, namely Twitter and Facebook, and keeping the website updated in order to allow the membership to continue growing.
I currently direct a team of award-winning individuals to guide BDNS into new avenues. In the near future, we will become a registered company that will allow us to apply for funding to support our projects. As Founding Director, the initiative must be shown in confidently guiding the organisation into new projects and directions. Managing a team can be difficult but is best achieved by allowing sufficient freedom for independent thinking and responsibility.
I am directly responsible for researching and summarising legal issues and points of law to create accessible information about, and analysis of, the rights of disabled people and other protections available. This was an opportunity to expand my knowledge on the application of discrimination, administration and human rights law to disabled people.
Maintaining the website and a presence on Facebook and Twitter is also my responsibility. This includes writing blogs and commenting on the news whilst ensuring that the legal information is obsolete. Having this experience enables me to work comfortably on websites and social networks and engage with our audience and assess our impact.
Our newsletter also upholds BDNS’s presence. This requires the ability to write concisely and identify the most appropriate and intriguing content to include, a skill that is most useful. Good writing ability is also necessary in order for it to be an enjoyable read that can be understood, especially where complex issues are discussed.
Dec 2014 - Present: Trustee & Former Chair of the Income Generation Committee, Disability Rights UK
I make sure the charity is running well and achieving its aims as part of the Board of Trustees. This includes ensuring the charity: has the money it needs; spends its money sensibly, on the activities it was raised for; follows the law, including preparing reports and accounts to send to the Charity Commission and does not break the rules in its Articles of Association.
As Chair of the Income Generation Committee (Oct 2016 - Apr 2018), I worked with people at all levels of the organisation, including the Head of Business Management, Business Assistant and interested trustees to identify revenue opportunities. The role required me to coordinate and chair all the meetings. This involved writing the agenda at least one week in advance of the meeting. Liaising with staff and committee members to identify items is part of the process. Being Chair included overseeing the Head of Business Management and to support him to reach his targets. I also watched over the income related activities of other trustees. I mediated and lead the conversation as Chair too with the emphasis on everyone having a chance to speak. My legacy as Chair was bringing the Committee to an end after it became less significant to operations despite the development and implementation of a more effective regime that reduced the administrative burdens of regular meetings.
As a Executive Mentor (Nov 2014 - Sept 2015), I supported and provided guidance to a junior manager who has either lived experience of disability or a long term health condition and wishes to gain career progression into a more senior role or explore new career aspirations.
In Policy and Research (May 2015 - Sept 2015), I put together a policy database and wrote DR UK's submission to the Equality Act 2010 and Disability Committee, which considered accessible accommodation, the duty to provide reasonable adjustment, accessing rights and the Public Sector Equality Duty.
Jun 2016 - Oct 2018: Policies and Procedures Executive, Regard
I was responsible for writing and maintaining the charity's policies and procedures and ensuring their legal compliance. I wrote clear, precise and unambiguous policies in the way expected of the Charity Commission. An understanding of common policies, including safeguarding, was also developed. Procedures were also written, implemented and improved for best practice.
I also liaised with youth groups to offer support and information.
Understanding of the issues faced by LGBTQ disabled people was required.
All Executive Committee members worked remotely. The role, therefore, requires self-determination, commitment and motivation to write policies, procedures and liaise with youth groups without peer pressure or an office base.
I was also Liaison (Student/Young Peoples Organisations) Executive until March 2018. Liaising with youth groups and student organisations gave me the chance to hone skills relating to engaging with people from outside of the organisation. This role also led to presenting opportunities at large organisations, such as University of Greenwich. I also developed my ability to present information and train people around building inclusive communities.
Aug 2010 - Oct 2011: Marketing and Advertising (Volunteer), Spokz People
This role entailed giving out leaflets to those who wanted them and provided interested parties with information about the charity. This role required self-motivation and determination to work for a period of weeks without the need for supervision or guidance as I was required to work isolated from headquarters and other volunteers. Good proofreading ability was demanded when assisting with the creation of leaflets.
Sept 2012 - Jun 2014: President, QMSU Ability Society
The President of the Ability Society is responsible for the daily running of the group as well as being a key role in determining its direction. I did two terms as President. I ensured that the society was well-promoted and social events and campaigns are ran regularly and are successful. This role exposed me to responsibility and strains of running an organisation. It was also an opportunity to lead a team and to offer direction to the committee’s inputs. Being a team player was also a key aspect of being President as cooperation with members and the committee was essential. Creating advertisements for events encouraged familiarity with office software such as Powerpoint, Word, Publisher, Pages and Keynote. Perseverance was demonstrated by continuing to host a variety of events in difficult times to discover what the students wanted.
I took part in debates during events with the QMSU Debate Society by constructing and articulating persuasive arguments. This also allowed for exploration of “reasonable adjustments” contained in the Equality Act 2010 and their effectiveness as well as inclusion of disabled students within Higher Education. A talk on ‘The History of Disability’ was also given to a public audience, which increased confidence and allowed good articulation and public engagement to be utilised.
Sept 2012 - Jun 2013: Disabled Students' Representative, Queen Mary Students' Union
Engagement with the disabled student populous allowed me to learn about the issues that they were facing. Ie often engaged with current and prospective students to ensure that they were or they would enjoy the Queen Mary experience. Engagement with an audience was also necessary to attract them to events and communicate with them to find solutions to their problems. This offered the opportunity to witness how disabled students are affected by equality and diversity policy as well as that set out in statute.
The title of the role was changed from 'Students with Disabilities Representative' to the one current used because it was unnecessarily long and did not reflect the usual language used. I also ensured that the Equality and Diversity Policy was being enforced, making sure society events were accessible to all.
I rallied the student populous to lobby the University into making campus more accessible. A video highlighting these issues can be found below. This video, along with consultation, encouraged Queen Mary to improve accessibility by fixing the issues in the video and allocating £400k to access. I also introduced braille and large print menus in eateries. This also brought forth the realisation that “reasonable adjustments” do not always meet the needs of disabled students, despite the fact that it is a step in the right direction. This campaign was awarded ‘Campaign of the Year 2013’.
I created more social opportunities for disabled people on campus, made students feel comfortable and took part in public speaking by making the accessibility videos and appearing before Student Council to introduce motions and to be made accountable.
April 2012 - Sept 2012: Vice-President and Tresurer, QMSU Ability Society
This role demanded smooth general and financial running of the QMSU Ability Society, the ability to swiftly learn new procedures without instruction or guidance, run an organisation by helping and standing in for the President. The Vice-President and Treasurer is also expected to illustrate sound time-management and organisation in simultaneously studying and completing the necessary documentation required on behalf of the President. Good use of Office software, in using Excel databases and Word documents in order to maintain good financial running of the group, also needs to be demonstrated.
Dec 2011 - April 2012: Campaigns Secretary, QMSU Ability Society
The Campaigns Secretary has the responsibility of organising and co-ordinating campaigns for the Ability Society, Queen Mary Student Union. I started a campaign in this role to ensure that all societies made equality a priority. This quest entailed asking them to sign a written declaration pledging that the society would do their best to make their events accessible to all. Queen Mary Student Union then decided to insert such provisions into their constitution. All events that are run by societies have to be accessible to all members as a result. Failure to comply with the constitution leads to punishment.
This role required self-motivation and determination to undertake a successful campaign to ensure equality in, and access to, all society events, which also improved independent learning and knowledge and understanding of the Equality Act 2010 and the Disability Discrimination Act 2005. Communication and persuasive arguing ability were also demonstrated in making the campaign a success.
November 2011 - June 2015: Student Ambassador, Queen Mary, University of London
Joe Callum says:
'For the past year I have managed Daniel in his role as a Student Ambassador in the School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London. Daniel is clearly dedicated to the law and this shines through in the work he does for me. Whilst Daniel provides specialist tours - to those with disabilities interested in studying at QM - he is very comfortable working with a variety of people, from a range of different backgrounds. Not only is Daniel punctual and reliable, but he is also very informed about life on campus and the London legal community. I very much enjoy working with Daniel and am happy to recommend him to any employer who values intelligence, commitment and genuine enthusiasm in their staff.'
On LinkedIn 11/03/13
This role required taking prospective students on a tour around campus whilst being polite, professional and friendly.
November 2011 - June 2012: Student Buddy, Queen Mary, University of London
I gave compassion and support to ensure first year students were settling into University life by meeting with them, keeping in touch with them and reassuring them when they were unhappy or stressed.
Nov 2010 - Aug 2014: Player & Media Secretary, Manchester & Sale Powerchair Football Club
The role of Media Secretary entailed building the club website from what was an empty template and promoting the club. This task involved taking and uploading images and videos, research, inputting results and writing news articles as well as keeping the website updated.
Most of the articles published were written in this role, which required good writing and structuring ability. It was also important for the articles to be accessible and fun to read. Leaflets were also created to raise funds and find additional players.
This role allowed for the improvement in writing ability and familiarity with website software.
Jun 2012 - Jul 2012/ Jun 2013 - Jul 2013: Teaching Assistant (Volunteer), Hebden Green Community School
The role of a Teaching Assistant is to help disabled students and act with other members of staff to ensure that the special academic and extra-curricular needs of the students are met. This required communication and organisation skills by discussing who will work with particular children. Enthusiasm, stamina and creativity are also needed to engage with the students and maintain their attention. Adapting complex concepts and theories to enable young students and pupils with learning disabilities to ensure that they understand them is also essential.
21st May 2018: London Legal Walk
I walked with Monckton Chambers to raise £1,040.00 for the London Legal Support Trust, the Free Representation Unit and the Bar Pro Bono Unit who help people access legal help.
3rd September 2018: Parallel London
I raised £150 for Disability Rights UK by participating in Parallel London 2018 to help the charity to continue helping disabled people to have career opportunities through breaking down barriers in education and work. Disability Rights UK will also carry on supporting independent living and fight negative attitudes towards and perceptions of disabled people.
I raised £150 for Ability Bow so that it can continue aiding the rehabilitation of disabled people and people with health conditions, despite heavy cuts to funding.
4th September 2016: Parallel London
I raised £355 by participating in Parallel London 2016 to help Disability Rights UK keep helping disabled people to have career opportunities through breaking down barriers in education and work. Disability Rights UK will also carry on supporting independent living and fight negative attitudes towards and perceptions of disabled people.
8th May 2016: Stonewall Equality Walk
I raised £165.63 by participating in Stonewall's Equality Walk 2016 to help Stonewall send even more role models into schools to inspire young people right across the country. Every year, thousands of LGBT+ young people grow up feeling isolated and alone just because of who they are. Last year, Stonewall sent more than 50 LGBT role models to visit schools across the UK to share their personal stories with thousands of students and teachers. This is obviously very important as no young person should feel secluded and alone. Young people also need inspiration in order to achieve their dreams. They also need hope that they can have success despite the LGBT+ discrimination and bullying. Just knowing that they are not alone can make a big difference.
I also raised £185 for Step Forward, a local charity of which I'm deeply fond as it has helped me and several friends. It provides a safe and welcoming space for young people to talk and get the support they need, when they need it. The services are free, confidential, accessible to all and continually evolving to ensure they are always relevant and responsive.
The Step Out Project at Step Forward is a free and confidential fun and dynamic service for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered young people and those questioning their sexual and/or gender identity.Step Out provides a friendly and safe space for LGBTQ young people to explore, learn, discuss and socialise. Access to 1-2-1 support is also available.
November 2012: Movember
I raised £100 by participating in Movember, an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of various cancers, such as prostate cancer.