Dedicated Barrow man Les helps disabled youngsters
Last updated at 14:54, Sunday, 03 November 2013
A TEAM leader who runs support groups for young disabled people is in the running for a Love Barrow award.
Les McLeese, 33, of Minster Lane, Barrow, has been nominated in the Citizen of the Year category for running the Adventures Youth Group and a small club for the National Autistic Society.
Both groups help support people who often don’t attend any other social club, and they organise inclusive activities and events.
Mr McLeese, who works for NACRO and Leonard Cheshire Disability, said he was thrilled to be nominated.
He said: “I’m absolutely shocked because the youth clubs themselves usually get nominated for things like this.
“I just enjoy running the groups. Some people say disabled people can’t do this and that, but they truly can and grow so much from taking part.
“The groups are aimed at young people with disabilities who can’t access other youth clubs. It is about including them and letting them have some fun.
“But there is a serious side too as they can come to us in confidence if they have a problem.
“We provide a range of activities from arts and crafts, to life skills.”
The Adventures Youth Group has around 40 members, who meet regularly and organise events such as disco, parties and parades.
The group is inclusive, incorporating both disabled and non-disabled youngsters.
The National Autistic Society club has around 10 members and is a forum for people with Asperger’s and their carers to meet.
The Love Barrow Awards are supported by the North-West Evening Mail and The Bay.
There is still time to nominate your local hero in one of the nine categories.
Nominations close at midnight on Sunday.
First published at 13:56, Saturday, 02 November 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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Finally the recognition you deserve les! Absolute legend