Vodafone Scholarship allows SHES student to strengthen the existing Partnership with Mencap Cymru

Jade Mottley, a Year 3 Sport Science student with the School has been successful in obtaining a student scholarship from Vodafone that gives her the opportunity to work with charity Mencap Cymru.

The Vodafone World of Difference programme is about spending time making a difference for a dream charity whilst getting paid. The programme offers 500 scholarships and past winners have lent their considerable expertise to diverse causes like children and young people, the environment, animal welfare, poverty relief, health and the arts.

Following a review of her proposal and a round of interviews, Jade has been successful in being awarded one of the 500 scholarships and will be working for the charity Mencap Cymru for the next four months for 15 hours a week. Mencap is the leading voice of learning disability and works with people with a learning disability to change laws, challenge prejudice and support them to live their lives as they choose.

The project that Jade will be working for is project 'Play our Way'. This is a BBC Children in Need project aimed at supporting young people with a learning disability to socialise independently, gain new skills and form friendships. The role that she will have within the project is to support the project Ambassadors to access a range of specialist/ mainstream activities. She will be supporting young people with leisure activities including dance, football archery and trips out to the cinema for two evenings a week and will lead team building activities for two Saturdays a month. 

This new link with Mencap Cymru adds to the already successfully secured ESF funding for the KESS PhD scholarship and the Access to Masters (ATM), both supervised by Dr Gavin Lawrence.

Publication date: 13 February 2012