I have won a place to take part in the Best Buddies Leadership Conference in Indiana, USA in July!
Best Buddies is an international organisation that focuses on creating opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with learning disabilities.
With only 5 spots available worldwide, I am very excited to have received the recognition of Best Overall Winner and to represent Northern Ireland at their conference.
I feel the skills I gained through being a Fixer played a role in this win. My Fix helped me build my confidence in expressing my feelings and concerns, and showed me how to advocate for myself and others – an integral part of being a Best Buddies Ambassador.
Since our story was featured on UTV in February, our campaign has been gaining momentum!
Sylvia McCaughan, a Senior Drop-In Coordinator at Compass Advocacy Network who has been helping us with our Fixers project, was invited to attend the Ballymoney Borough Road Safety Committee meeting in March on our behalf.
Our views have been considered and the Road Service is now looking into the possibility of adding an audible beep to the traffic signal.
We are determined to carry on campaigning to make pedestrian crossings safer for those with disabilities - not just in our community but also beyond.
It’s nice to see we’re making progress and we would like to thank everybody who’s getting behind our campaign.
Our story was featured on the UTV Live website and in the Ballymoney Times. Click on the links to read each article.
After our story was broadcast on UTV Live earlier this month, local councillor Thomas McKeown, who is a member of the Ballymoney Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) and on the Ballymoney Borough Road Safety Committee, has offered to support our Fixers campaign! He has invited us along to the next committee meeting to air our views.