Charis Gambon

Positive Role Model Award

Positive Role Model Award for Disability: Sponsor - OVO Group

Nominee Profile

Location: Sutton Coldfield
I have been a youth champion for the dyspraxia foundation for 2 years which has required me to provide a young persons view on the charity and dyspraxia. In January 2024 I became the first ever editor for the dyspraxia foundation blog. CEO Lucy Owens asked me to participate in the blog due to my prior disability writing experience. In the role I have created guidelines for writers, edited articles and offered mentoring sessions. In January I also opened the first adult social group for the dyspraxia foundation. I am the coordinator of the Warwickshire local group, which I created to combat loneliness in adults with dyspraxia. In February 2024 I walked 100 miles raising £320 for the dyspraxia foundation. I also became a finalist with the Learning Disability and Autism leaders list awards. I have also attended Shropshire local group to talk about my experiences with dyspraxia with parents and youth. In December 2023 I attended a session with City Year where I spoke about my experiences with dyspraxia receiving vast amounts of positive feedback such as “ Very inspiring and informative. I loved learning and getting a deeper insight regarding disability.”
I also became an alumni graduate mentor for a young person with dyslexia through Head Up! I have monthly meetings with the individual to help them with their experience with dyslexia. I have participated in several academic studies in order to provide a better experience for disabled individuals. I will soon be volunteering with Sense as a buddy, which will require me to talk to a disabled individual weekly in order to combat loneliness. I have also been nominated for the disability power 100 list. I am always looking for ways to help to raise the profile of disabled individuals and I am always happy to discuss my experiences. I’m my spare time I fence sabre competitively. I find the sport challenging but I do not let my disability hold me back. I instead find the difficulty a challenge to overcome.