URAs part of Learning Disability Awareness week 2017, we have collected good news stories from our members. Here, United Response share the story of Matt who recently won the Derbyshire Telegraph Volunteer of the Year Award!

Volunteering is an excellent way to develop skills, make friends and give something back to the community. Offering up your time to help others shows real commitment and dedication.

Super-volunteer Matthew Dalley, supported by us in Derby, recently had his work in this field recognised by winning the Derbyshire Telegraph Volunteer of the Year Award 2016. What a fantastic achievement!

Matthew is a talented para-equestrian rider and volunteers for his club, Scropton Riding for the Disabled, as well as the North Midlands region and RDA UK. Among other things, the 22-year-old organises activities, stewards, runs social media channels and appears on local radio to share his experiences and encourage others to follow in his footsteps.

He has a congenital brain condition, autism, ADHD and is a profoundly deaf sign language user – with an ever-positive ‘can do’ attitude.

“An inspiration to us all”

Volunteering and my involvement with RDA is really important to me,” says Matthew. “It is great to be valued for what I do.” Service manager Hayley Lewis adds: “Matthew is an inspiration to us all – he shows us that no matter what barrier there may be – you can always achieve it if you work hard!”