Ambassadorial Case Study

Team London Young Leaders

Team London

Andy Barrow - TLYL - City Hall

Andy Barrow speaking at City Hall for the TLYL launch event.

Challenge

Team London Young Ambassadors is the Mayor’s volunteering programme for primary and secondary schools across the capital. The Young Leaders programme is designed to inspire others to join the movement, by leading a local campaign or event in their borough.

Thousands of volunteers have supported Andy, whether as GamesMakers at the 2012 Paralympics, by assisting him as he travelled around the world throughout his sporting career, or in the Spinal Injuries Unit when teaching him how to use a wheelchair for the first time.

Solution

As an ambassador around volunteering and social action, Andy has been invited to speak at a number of Team London events, to help build the next generation of volunteers by talking about volunteering, social action, and teamwork.

He has spoken to an audience of 12,000 and at major events for teachers and students, as well as delivering leadership workshops to small groups of young people.

Results

Young people learn how sportspeople operate in teams and as leaders, plus how to articulate themselves and turn their good ideas into reality.

There has been good initial feedback from the pilot that is currently running in five boroughs, and it is hoped to roll out the programme to all 30 London boroughs in due course.

“No matter what the size of the audience, Andy Barrow captivates people with his humility, honesty and empowering message of hope and action. We all come away with a tear in our eye and a resolve to do more.”
Jen D’Souza, Senior Manager, Team London

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