Quick Read Journey: Josh Rosenthal

Don’t be afraid to explore different avenues if your original plan doesn’t work out, you never know where it will lead you.

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After I completed my Level 3 BTEC Law and then Level 3 BTEC Business Studies with Coleg Sir Gar, I decided I wanted to become an advocate, and use my experiences to help people have their voice heard, no matter how they communicate.

To this end, I did some volunteering and I decided to start my Foundation Degree in Social Care Studies.

At the same time as studying, I did some volunteering with the charity Whizz-Kidz. In time I was appointed as the Wales Representative on the Kidz Board, a national panel of young adults with mobility difficulties. I took part in lots of campaigns, representing the views of young people in Wales with mobility difficulties, giving them a voice. I also sat on the Adult Advisory Panel to the Children’s Commissioner for Wales.

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Things didn’t go the way I planned with the course, but I left with a Social Care Studies (CertHE). I’m very proud of my achievement.

Things may not have gone the way I’d originally planned, but things actually turned out to be better.

The things that I learned on my course, and particularly in my volunteering, has helped me to become a better disability campaigner. I’ve campaigned for better access to public transport for wheelchair users and people with visual impairments across Wales, and for Changing Places facilities for disabled people in Llanelli.

And now I have a job with a great social enterprise and it’s really satisfying working for an organisation that works to help people.

Life may not always go as planned, but it might eventually work out better than you expect.

Don’t be afraid to explore different avenues if your original plan doesn’t work out, you never know where it will lead you.

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