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Passion & Empowerment with Troy

Troy shares all about how he discovered his passion for self-advocacy

We caught up with Troy, a passionate young advocate who has been making a real difference in his community. Today, we’ll delve into Troy’s journey, from his high school days to becoming an influential voice for children and people in need.

Troy discovers his passion

You’re now involved with many self-advocacy groups, but how did you first get started?

It was back during high school. I was part of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) and was even the President and Secretary at one point. We worked closely with elderly people in nursing homes, providing them with companionship and a listening ear.

What was that experience like?

It was a wonderful experience to connect with them and listen to their life stories, and about when they were young.

We also organized afternoon tea sessions and discussions to address important topics like homelessness. This interaction allowed us to not only learn from them but also advocate for their needs and improve social action in our community.

Is that Society still running today?

Yes, I think it still is, which I’m really proud of. It was the start of my journey into participation. And it helped me discover my passion for making a change.

Troy working hard with self-advocacy

That’s wonderful you found your passion

Yes, it felt like a calling. It felt like this is the career path I need to be on. It was like someone telling me “you need to do this because you’re doing such a good job with it.”

How did you move into other self-advocacy work?

The experiences with SVP made me realize my passion for public speaking and helping others. It urged me to make a real difference in the lives of children and people facing various challenges.

I started by getting involved with Wakefield Council and volunteering. We set up a participation group to get voices heard and to get young people to come in from all areas to talk about their experiences.

We spoke about issues that we want to improve, like education, transport, all sorts of things that young people are facing now. And we just created this group for change in Wakefield which really grew.

It’s been amazing helping improve respite services for children and people with disabilities in my region.

 

“It felt like a calling. It felt like this is the career path I need to be on”

TROY

Were you nervous at the start?

Initially, I was nervous, yes. But as I gained confidence, I discovered that I loved speaking with people and making a positive impact. That’s when I truly knew I had found my calling.

Can you tell us more about the projects you’ve been involved in since then?

Of course! After my role as a Participation Officer, I continued to be part of various groups focused on making a difference. I worked with a participation group called Shout Out For Change, discussing issues like education and transport to improve the lives of young people.

This experience boosted my confidence even further, and I started working with different regional groups like Build Our Futures, advocating for youth voices to be heard in the community.

I also became a representative on the Partnership Board for Wakefield. Currently, I’m proud to be an “I Will” Ambassador, engaging in social action and public speaking to promote positive change.

 

What are some of the accomplishments you’re most proud of?

I’m most proud of the impact I’ve had on the lives of young people in my community in Wakefield. Through various projects, we’ve been able to voice our concerns and work toward real solutions.
 
For instance, we advocated for larger swimming pools and more entertainment options in our community to foster socialising among young people. I also cherish the moments when I’ve been able to interact with the elderly, listening to their stories and ensuring they feel valued and heard.
 

What advice do you have for other young advocates who want to make a difference?

My advice is simple: never give up and be true to yourself. Recognize that you don’t have to do everything alone. Surround yourself with like-minded individuals who share your passion, and together, you can make a greater impact. Always stay committed to your goals and remember that perseverance pays off.

If you believe in your cause and keep working hard, you’ll see positive change in your community.

Any final words?

I’m just so pleased to be sharing my experiences and encouraging others to make a difference in their communities. Let’s continue to empower each other and create a better world for all!

 

Wise words, Troy. Your story is incredibly inspiring, and I’m sure it will motivate other young advocates to take action. Thank you for sharing your journey with us today.

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Órla

  • Preferred Name: Órla
  • Role at KIDS: Wellbeing co-ordinator.
  • About me: I run the online well-being groups and a group in Wandsworth. I am also a playworker! I have a background in Art therapy. 
  • Fun facts: I love different wheels! I have roller-skates, a surf-skate board and a bike. 

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