Jonathan Levy nominated for national diversity award
March 3, 2016 | Nick Taylor
Jonathan Levy, a fundraiser for the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace has been nominated for the Positive Role Model for Disability Award at the National Diversity Awards 2016.
Jonathan as well as working for the Foundation is an award-winning disability campaigner and serves as a trustee of the Dyspraxia Foundation, a national charity that works to enable children, young people and adults with dyspraxia to reach their full potential in life.
25-year-old Jonathan Levy lives in Warrington, North West England, and has dyspraxia, a neurological condition which can make even the simplest tasks a struggle.
Jonathan takes every opportunity to raise awareness of dyspraxia through public speaking, press releases and previously appearing in an award-winning episode of hit Channel 4 series ‘Embarrassing Bodies – Live from the Clinic’.
Jonathan says about his condition: “I have always been slower than most in reaching milestones such as learning to ride a bike, and upon reaching school age I avoided games and was unable to tie my shoelaces and stood out with my ‘chicken scratch’ handwriting.
“Despite these years being very challenging, I persisted with a positive and resilient attitude, and since June 2013 have served as a trustee of the Dyspraxia Foundation.”
Jonathan’s transition to the workplace wasn’t an easy one, but today he is proud to work as a fundraiser for the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace, based at the Peace Centre in Warrington. Jonathan got his job with the Foundation in November 2013 through getting in touch with the charity’s Chief Executive Nick Taylor and putting together a business case for why he should be employed, initially as an apprentice. In recognition of Jonathan’s work, in June 2015, he was shortlisted for Warrington Business Awards Apprentice of the Year award.
His responsibilities at the Foundation include building relationships, raising awareness and publicity, launching and managing campaigns and other ways of generating income, identifying and cultivating donors, tracking income and metrics, managing the fundraising database, creating the annual fundraising plan and developing effective supporter journeys.
Prior to joining the Foundation for Peace in November 2013, Jonathan was an NCTJ and BJTC-qualified freelance journalist and ran a successful business. He also worked as a Parliamentary Assistant for David Mowat MP. In addition to his charity activities, Jonathan serves as a Stockton Heath parish councillor, representing the Conservative Party.
Nick Taylor, Chief Executive of the Foundation, welcomed the nomination and encouraged everyone to vote for Jonathan: “I first encountered Jonathan through a letter when he asked if he could come and see me to ‘pitch’ an idea. The meeting was a delight as he not only brought an idea but a whole business case for why he should be employed as an apprentice.
“He had researched a scheme operated by another charity enabling him to study fund raising through a structured education process. I gave him his opportunity.”
Jonathan embarked on a structured apprenticeship during which time he has studied fundraising techniques and theory and continued his education.
The National Diversity Awards 2016 is a prestigious event, which celebrates the excellent achievements of grass- root communities that tackle the issues in society, giving them recognition for their dedication and hard work.
The awards will be held in Liverpool, September 16, 2016, where there are several categories including Positive Role Model. You can vote for Jonathan by following this link