A Cullercoats man is keen to help young disabled people in the region achieve their ambitions.
Mathew Hall, a welcome guide at North Tyneside Council Quadrant, has been selected for the prestigious role as a national Young Ambassador for DPULO (Disabled People’s User Led Organisation).
The 23-year-old will make sure young disabled people in Tyne and Wear have choice and independence in how they live their lives and have their voices heard.
A delighted Mathew said: “As someone with disabilities, I’m in a position to help other disabled people – especially with the transition from school to college and from college to work.
“I want to make a difference to young people’s lives and to people’s perceptions of disability. I’m trying to chance things and hope I can encourage and inspire disabled young people.”
Mathew, a volunteer for many charities, churches and community groups, added: “I like to share my knowledge and enthusiasm for life with everyone, with a view to making a difference to others.
“I am dedicated to achieving anything I put my mind to and I am proud of what I have achieved so far.”
Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “Mathew will make a wonderful Young DPULO Ambassador. He is cheerful, polite and helpful with an excellent sense of humour.
“Mathew is very popular with colleagues and visitors and a fantastic role model for other young people with disabilities.”
Ian Walton, transition planning officer, who nominated Mathew for the position, added: “The standard was extremely high but Mathew impressed the national panel with his enthusiasm and energy.
“He gets on really well with people and has strong interpersonal skills but most of all he has the desire to make a difference to young people’s lives by working with DPULOs and the government.”
Minister for disabled people Ester McVay said: “It’s been inspiring to meet with Mathew.
“With his experience and enthusiasm – as well as his local knowledge – he is well placed to provide the right advice and support to other young disabled people.”