Last week we reported that two Common Purpose alumni had been nominated at the National Diversity Awards. Both had completed Frontrunner for Disabled Students - a Common Purpose leadership development programme for disabled students. Congratulations are due this week as we are delighted to announce that Sarah Chapman (above, centre left) has won the Positive Role Model Award for Disability!
Sarah Chapman, who completed her Common Purpose programme at the University of Derby this year, is the founder of Young Dyslexics, a national dyslexia awareness initiative for UK schools which challenges children throughout the UK to prepare and deliver a presentation to their class/whole school about what it really means to be dyslexic.
The National Diversity Awards celebrates the excellent achievements of grass-root communities that tackle the issues in today's society, giving them recognition for their dedication and hard work. Sarah was presented with the award at Friday's ceremony which was held at the Hurlingham Club, London and was hosted by TV presenters Brian Dowling and Cerrie Burnell.
Sarah spoke of her pride at receiving the award: "I was absolutely thrilled when they announced that I had won the award! Having my efforts recognised by such a prestigious award is immense! It just shows that with hard work and determination anything is possible."
Frontrunner for Disabled Students gets students off-campus and out into the city they are studying in to discover how it works - and doesn't work. The next Frontrunner for Disabled Students will be run in Nottingham between 4-6 November.