Sarah Owen


What is your disability? Cerebral Palsy

What school did you attend? George Tomlinson

Did you go to College and if so what did you study?

I attended Bolton College. I studied Business Administration for 2yrs, then a mainstream IT Course for 1 year and I came top in my group.  I then attended Bolton University to study for a Business Degree but left after 5 weeks as I did not enjoy the course.

What have you achieved since leaving college?

I gained an administration post at Heaton Fold Garden Centre and worked there for 18 months supporting staff in a range of duties. I gained a work placement for 3months with Bolton Council in the Town hall offices supporting the Play and Youth Services with a range of office duties. I currently have two voluntary work Placements: one at Westhoughton College office and the other with the Sport and Active Living Department within Bolton Council both of which I have been doing for 8yrs.

What are your hobbies and what do you do in your spare time?

I like socialising, shopping, Facebook, visiting the caravan and meals out.

Do you enjoy your job? Is there another job that you would like to do?

I really enjoy my two jobs and I do not see myself leaving these jobs. My duties at Sport and Active Living are data inputting and general office tasks three mornings a week. At Westhoughton I work one day a week and my duties are filing, typing and looking after the display boards.

How does your disability affect your day to day life?

I have to use an electric wheelchair to move around in. I have my own office area at home to accommodate my work and I have to use a taxi for transport as I cannot drive.

What is one of your greatest Achievements?

I won the award for Bolton Councils Unsung Hero in 2012 and was presented with the award by Jason Kenny, local Olympic medalist. Along with my family I also undertake fundraising events to raise money for various charities.

What are your plans for the future?

I plan to carry on with my work at Bolton Council within the Sport and Active Living Department and at Westhoughton College.

Disability Definitions

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy (CP) is an umbrella term encompassing a group of non-progressive, non-contagious diseases that cause physical disability in human development. Cerebral refers to the affected area of the brain, the cerebrum (however the centres have not been perfectly localised and the disease most likely involves connections between the cortex and other parts of the brain such as the cerebellum) and palsy refers to disorder of movement.

All types of CP are characterised by abnormal muscle tone, posture (i.e. slouching over while sitting), reflexes, or motor development and coordination. There can be joint and bone deformities and contractures (permanently fixed, tight muscles and joints).


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