Team Introductions: Jack Smyth
Hi everyone, my name is Jack and I’m one of the Contributors to our new Disability Banter Blog. I am 25 and I was born in Clydebank, and I have Cerebral Palsy. I'm a metal artist/ sculptor who creates art from car parts, horseshoes and mild steel. I’ve always loved mechanics and thanks to my uncle showing me how to weld I was able to start my own company called Salvaged Metal Art. I am also passionate about advocating for other people with disabilities and I’m working my way to becoming a motivational speaker.
Throughout my years of education, I was badly bulled and often told that I wasn’t capable of doing the things I wanted to do, however, in 2017, I found my way to the Prince’s Trust helped me start my business. In 2019, I visited one of my idols, metal artist/blacksmith Kevin (Kev) Paxton. Who surprised me with the news that I had received the Young Achiever of the Year award. Working with the Prince’s Trust has helped me build skills and confidence I needed to follow my dreams and that’s something I will always be grateful for. I still work for them today, so if you have any questions about what they do, I will be happy to answer them.
I first got in contact with the Big Disability Group by attending the Big Open Day in 2018 and since then I have a written a few articles about my experiences living with a disability. So, when I was asked to join the new Disability Banter project, I immediately agreed.
It is my hope, that by sharing my experiences here with you, I can make things easier in the future for other people with disabilities. A lot of things need to change in society if we are going to be able to reach our full potential in life and I hope that what we will do with this blog will play a part of that.
I’m really excited to see what is going to happen with this project and I can’t wait to share that journey with you.