M.A.D Birmingham volunteer Tyrell Forde continues supporting his community during coronavirus pandemic
Posted: Wed, 08 Apr 2020 22:40
Tyrell, 15 years old, from Stechford volunteers on the M.A.D Birmingham project and has worked with mentors Callam and Alison since he was 8 years old. Tyrell has attended every M.A.D summer holiday camp that Callam or Alison have worked on for the last 7 years.
When he turned 13, Tyrell started to volunteer on the camp because he enjoyed it so much growing up. Ever since the M.A.D project started in Stechford he has played a role. As Tyrell grew in his role as a volunteer, he was given more and more responsibility to help him grow and develop. With the support of the M.A.D mentors and through Tyrell's own hard work and positive atttude, he now can:
- Set up equipment
- Support/ lead a session
- Deal with challenging behaviour
- Support session set up and planning
During the current period of social isolation , M.A.D sessions, events and camps have all been postponed. However Tyrell has continued to actively support his community. Tyrell has stepped up further still, helping to pack and deliver food to vulnerable families. Tyrell goes to work every day with his mum who works at a local community hub providing important support and services at this challenging time for many families in the community. Amongst other things, Tyrell
- does late night collections from supermarkets to source essential food items for the community.
- makes food packs to be distributed.
- delivers food to the door steps of vulnerable families.
Tyrell also supports the elderly people in his community by shopping for essentials for them, allowing them to stay safe at home. Tyrell's mum said: "A massive weight has been lifted with my work due to his support". Tyrell believes helping his mum and others during this time can make life easier for those who are struggling.
Tyrell's journey from participant to volunteer to active member of the community, is credit to Tyrell's positive attitude and the learning and support he has received from the M.A.D mentors.
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