On Wednesday 27th January 2016 six Kingsbury High School students attended the Inclusive Futures Regional Conference held at Kensington Leisure Centre.
Inclusive Futures is a volunteering program which came by as a result of the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games and aims to challenge negative perceptions of disability in sport and volunteering.
At the conference, students took part in a series of workshops which taught them how to lead young people with and without disabilities in various activities. The workshops were also devised to give students a sense of the importance of volunteering, the impact it can have; and to empower them with the skills and confidence they need to volunteer locally.
Para swimmer, Amy Marren, four times World champion and European champion was in attendance offering advice and encouragement to students on the workshops.
The event was organised by former Kingsbury High School student Denzel Manyande who said “Inclusive Futures is really special because it allows everyone taking part to really think and question how they see themselves and the impact they can have on other people. It is about developing those young leaders who want to get involved and encourage more people to take part in sport or volunteering in general.
“Being able to have Kingsbury High attend was really special because Kingsbury High offers the chance to expand the knowledge there is on disabilities across to North West London. There is already a great deal being done at the school, but conferences like this are about encouraging those student leaders to learn differently in an environment where they don’t know anyone and so have to adapt quickly and sensitively.”
Find out more about what Denzel has been doing since leaving school on our Alumni Features page.