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Trendsetters is a project run by Scope for young disabled people. We’re all individuals but have become Trendsetters to share information and ideas. We talk about good and bad things that are happening in our lives and have lots of fun!

Nic Hamilton documentary

Nic Hamilton and Trendsetters

The Trendsetters team is really excited to report that the filming Bradley and Kayne took part in with Nic Hamilton made it onto the TV!

Last night’s BBC1 documentary, Racing with the Hamiltons: Nic in the driving seat showed Nic visiting Scope offices in London where he met Kayne and Bradley and was interviewed by them. The documentary is very interesting and well worth a viewing, so have a look at it – you can find it on BBC I-Player.

Well done Trendsetters, you made it!

Racing With The Hamiltons: Nic In The Driving Seat

The BBC’s new disability season starts on Tuesday 6 March at 10.35pm withRacing With The Hamiltons: Nic In The Driving Seat.

Becoming a racing car driver isn’t easy for anyone, especially when you have cerebral palsy and your older brother is the world’s youngest F1 winner. In a sweeping one-hour documentary that captures the highs and lows of starting out on the racetrack, Nic hits the competitive Clio Cup to see if he has what it takes to make it as a driver. With his family on the track and brother Lewis on hand for advice, Nic is determined to prove that he can go beyond being disabled to kickstart a career as a driver. But his cerebral palsy and lack of driving experience means that he’s facing tough odds just to finish each race in one piece, let alone do well enough to continue beyond just the one tour. When a high-speed accident threatens to end his career before it’s really begun, it takes every ounce of Nic’s courage to get back in the driving seat. A moving documentary that looks at how one ordinary young man pushes beyond being disabled to take on an extraordinary challenge.

Young disabled people from our Trendsetters project met Nic Hamilton during the making of this documentary, and here’s what happened:

BBC documentary

Increasing numbers of disabled young people have been looking up to Nic Hamilton as a role model, and they were keen to explore this in the programme. They asked Scope if we could arrange for Nic to meet some young disabled people and to film this for the documentary. We thought the Trendsetters would be an ideal group of people to meet Nic so of course we said yes!

It was very short notice but we managed to get Bradley and Kayne to Scope’s head office to meet Nic, and be filmed interviewing him. Jamie Robertson from the Scope campaigns team came along too. Bradley, Kayne and Jamie had some interesting questions for Nic and asked him about his racing career, his adapted car, his experiences of growing up, school and bullying, and his relationship with his brother Lewis Hamilton, the Formula 1 racing driver. We found out that Nic and Lewis play a competitive car racing computer game when they are apart, and that both of them want to win!

Trendsetters project

Nic asked Bradley and Kayne about the Trendsetters project, and they talked about living with cerebral palsy and the attitudes of other people towards them. Nic told the boys that being different isn’t a bad thing, and explained how he deals with any challenges he faces with a positive attitude.

“A wicked day”

The filming took nearly two hours, and we are hoping that some of the footage will get used in the documentary… so look out for Bradley, Kayne and Jamie, they could be famous! Everyone enjoyed the experience, Bradley’s Mum and Kayne’s Dad got to meet Nic and chat to him over lunch and as Kayne’s Dad said afterwards, “What a wicked day!”

Kayne told us that he went go-karting a few months ago, but crashed his go-kart and didn’t want to go again. But after talking to Nic he felt inspired to go back to go-karting and he was getting ready to search the web for places where he could go and get involved.

Thanks to our London Trendsetters and their families for joining us at such short notice, and for proving to be such good interviewers.

Let’s hope we get lots more opportunities like this!

The Trendsetters win a Scope award!

Linford Christie with Trendsetters

Scope’s Trendsetters were the worthy winners of a Scope award for Working Together… well done, Trendsetters!

This award shows how much Scope appreciates the hard work the Trendsetters are putting in to the project, and how well they are working together with Scope staff and each other to produce information and resources for young disabled people.

The award was presented at a meeting in London, and Bradley and Vanique were there to accept the award on behalf of the whole Trendsetters group. Bradley said, “We were nervous when we got there because we saw loads of people and my Nan said ‘Oh, that’s Linford Christie’ then they said that Trendsetters had won.”

Bradley and Vanique went up on stage to collect the award and have their photo taken, and they talked to Linford after the presentation and told him all about the Trendsetters project and all the different things they were doing. Vanique said, “We both felt shy but Linford talked to us about Trendsetters and Bradley told him about the video he is going to make about how difficult it is to use London buses.”

Congratulations to all the Trendsetters for winning this award, and thank you to Bradley and Vanique who made it to the venue at very short notice and did a fantastic job.

This project is just getting better and better! If you want to get involved please contact us at response@scope.org.uk

Dealing with bullying workshop

Bullying workshop

Hi everyone

Well what a fabulous week we’ve had, with our first Trendsetters workshop, all about dealing with bullying. Way back last year our Trendsetters told us that they wanted information about bullying, as many of them had been affected by bullying behaviour. It’s taken a while to get it organised but with the help of Kidscape we held a workshop at our London offices last week, where eight of our Trendsetters learnt about bullying behaviour and how to deal with it, including some useful practical strategies.

The Kidscape trainer got all of us involved in the role play, and everyone took an active part in sharing their stories and their experiences. Feedback from the Trendsetters at the end of the day was very positive and we are all looking forward to sharing what we’ve learnt on the Scope young people’s web pages soon, so that other disabled young people can learn the same strategies.

Workshops like these mean that we are much closer to being able to give young disabled people the information they want, about the subjects that matter to them, and in a format they can access.

Well done everyone who took part… and watch this space for updates on other parts of the project.