Simon Duncan – Trainer and Project Worker

In my youth, people would often tell me that I was resilient, in part due to the fact that I am a full-time wheelchair user who continues to persevere with mental health issues. At that point in my life I didn’t really understand just how complex resilience was. I thought resilience was an innate quality reserved for superheroes and Lara Croft – you either had it or you didn’t. However, I have always been encouraged to hone my voice and use its power to confront adversity in society for myself and others.

Since I joined Boingboing, I’ve been able to simultaneously discover more about resilience, and use my public speaking skills to demystify resilience for others. I’ve had the privilege of being involved in many projects both domestically and internationally, such as multiple presentations about being resilient whilst having a physical disability to a variety of different audiences, aiding the process of co-production in a project aiming to counter the impact of drought in drought-affected communities in South Africa, and working to initiate systems-change in Blackpool in the way that young people’s mental health issues are viewed and addressed. Furthermore, I have helped to publicise, organise and co-facilitate different consultation events. Additionally, I have designed material to capture demographic information from the people who attend these events for our final reports. I also undertake work looking into mental health issues in other young adults.

By working with Boingboing as a young adult I am in a position to challenge and change the unequal systems that are embedded within our society, to make them equitable for everyone, so that everyone can achieve their desired goals. Ultimately, I’m here to learn and am eagerly awaiting any opportunity to showcase and enhance my skills. I’m always excited to see which project I bounce onto next.