Articles About Me So Far..

ICT Academy, February 2012
A former student of ICT Academy in Doncaster, who studied ECDL and E-Type has been employed by a local business.

Steven Broadbent from Bessacarr, aged 20, has Dyspraxia as well as Asperger's Syndrome, but despite his difficulties, he was recently employed on a full-time basis by local eye-care firm Vision-Call.

Joel Cook who employed Steven at Vision-Call said, "Steven is very punctual, polite, has a willingness to learn and is enthusiastic about his future".

Joel, who is the Vision-Call Branch Manager for Yorkshire, added, "ECDL is very important, as Vision-Call staff use Access, Excel, Outlook and Word on a daily basis".

He continued, "Having a qualification such as ECDL or another known computer based qualification, will give a job-seeker the edge when applying for jobs.

Steven currently works 40 hours at Vision-Call's contact centre in Doncaster, located on Sidings Court. He now hopes to impress at Vision-Call, whilst also volunteering at local station Trust AM and online radio The Mix Radio.

Vision-Call was established in 1994 with the aim of providing eye tests for people who can't attend a local optician. The company now looks over 120,000 patients a year.

UCB News, February 2011
A student from University Campus Barnsley (UCB) was a runner-up in the final of this years Yorkshire Young People of The Year (YOPEY). Steven Broadbent, who studies Journalism and Media Production at UCB, won 250 pound and donated the money to Trust AM Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospital Radio Station.

Steven, from Doncaster, volunteers for Sine FM and was nominated by his station manager Chrissy Moog, Sine FM is a voluntary station that serves the local community in and around Doncaster and is party of a larger company that provides training in musical and creative services. Steven, who has been involved with them for more than two years, suffers from Aspergers Syndrome, a form of autism that means he struggles with shyness and social interactions.

Previously at Sine FM, Steven has produced and presented his own music show attracting an audience of around 2,500 listeners. During his work for the radio, he also produces a three-minute news bulletin which is used hourly throughout the day. Steven now presents 3 shows on Trust AM and also 1 on YMCA Radio Barnsley

Another of Stevens past projects was a web forum called TeenArea which helps advice teenagers and young people with various issues they face. The website served 700 young people nationally and provides advice and support for a variety of problems. It will be back in May 2011.

Yopey, set up 5 years ago in Hertfordshire, in an initiative that is now active in 12 other counties. The organisation recognises and celebrates the achievements of Young people who are positive role models to the community in which they service.

Steven is also training with Trust AM, the hospital radio station for and Doncaster and Bassetlaw. He hopes to present a show. "I would be happy to brighten up people's lives and cheer them up at difficult times."

Huddersfield Student, December 2010
A student from Barnsley campus was a runner up in the final of South Yorkshire's Young Person of the Year. Steven Broadbent, who studies Journalism and Media at University Campus Barnsley, has been nominated for a 'Yopey' (Young Person of the Year) award and the opportunity to win 1,000 pounds for his voluntary services in radio.

Steven orignally from Doncaster, volunteers for Sine FM and was nominated by his station manager Chrissy Moog. Sine FM is a voluntary station that serves the local community in and around Doncaster and is part of a larger company that provides training in musical and creative services.

Steven, who has been involved with them for more than two years suffers from Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism, that means he struggles with shyness and social interaction. Steven produces and presents his own music show that airs on Thursday between 3-4pm and attracts an audience of around 2,500 listeners.

During his work for the radio, he also produces a three minute news bulletin which is used hourly throughout the day.

Another of Steven's projects is a web forum called TeenArea which helps advise teenagers and young people with various issues they face. The website serves 700 young people nationally and provides advice and support for a variety of problems.

Yopey, set up 5 years ago in Hertfordshire, is an inititave that is now active in 12 other countries. The organisation recognises and celebrates the achievements of Young people who are positive role models to the communities in which they serve.

Doncaster Free Press, November 2010
A pair of Doncaster teenagers are celebrating making the finals of an awards ceremony for exceptional young people.

Steven Broadbent, 18, and John Anderson, 16, have been shortlisted for South Yorkshire Police and Fire Young Person of the Year award for their efforts to work with other youngsters.

Steven has not allowed having Asperger's Syndrome and dyspraxia to get in the way of running a teenage chat forum and a radio show on Sine FM, which invites thousands of young listeners to vote for their favourite music.

Steven of Long Close in Bessacarr said: "Doing my radio work, including interviewing people, has helped me boost my confidence and helped me overcome my shyness. Before I went to Sine I would be very wary of mixing people that I did not know. Now I'm more at ease."

The teens will find out whether they have won the South Yorkshire Police and Fire Young Person of the Year awards at a special cerenomy at the Magna Centre in Rotherham on November 25th.

Sine FM, November 2010
Steve Broadbent, Sine FM's daily news voice and presenter of Top 7 every Saturday morning has been selected as a finalist in the Yorkshire Young People of the Year, sponsored by VocaLink, South Yorkshire Police and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue. He was nominated by Sine FM Station Manager, Chrissy Moog.

Steve will now attend the Awards Ceremony which will take place at the Magna Centre, Rotherham on Thursday evening, 25th November.

Young Peoeple of the Year, October 2010
A Doncaster teenager volunteers as a presenter on two radio stations despite having social difficulties. Nineteen-year-old Steven Broadbent has also helped young people by running a discussion website. Steven was nominated by Sine FM, a community radio station serving Doncaster. Steven has been involved with them for more than two years.

Steven has Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism which means he is shy and not very good at social skills. He also has dyspraxia which can affects his co-ordination and is sometimes called the clumsy disease. This led to him being attacked by youths as he walked home one day. They broke his nose - an episode that scared him, but Steven carries on.

He is on a journalism and media course at University Centre Barnsley and volunteers daily for the radio station. Each Thursday between 3-4pm he produces and presents his own live show which is focused on young people voting for their favourite music. It has 2,500 listeners.

But before he goes to university each day he spends a couple of hours researching topics and prepares a three-minute news bulletin at home which he feeds into the station and is used hourly throughout the day. This includes sports and showbiz items.

A keen sports fan, he has also produced and presented a show on Doncaster's Eagles basketball team. He also does a weekly programme about the Doncaster community.

Sine FM said that Steven is very popular and hosts one of its longest-running shows. He was the first young person that the station used. "Steven is enthusiastic and comes up with ideas. We have had positive reaction to his show and what he does. Steven is technically very capable and a team worker. He is positive and does not dwell on his own issues or past problems."

"Doing my radio work, including interviewing people, has helped boost my confidence and helped me overcome my shyness. Before I went to Sine I would be very wary of mixing with people that I did not know. Now I'm more at ease when I meet people."

As well as enjoying his radio work and feeling better for doing it, Steven is gaining valuable experience and improving his skills. He wants to have a professional career in radio presenting,

He also ran his own website called Teenarea, which had more than 700 members, aged 13-19, across the UK. "The site was about letting teenagers express their opinions on whatever they want - the state of the country, sport, drink, drugs, and relationships.

"We are giving young people a chance to let off steam and voice their ideas." Steven feels that the web is a medium that youngsters preferred to use rather than write letters to local newspapers.

Steven shares YOPEY's sentiments. "Young people get too much bad Press. There are a lot of good young people doing good things, but unfortunately the bad actions of one or two grab the headlines."

Other Things I've Featured In
Bessacarr Times (2009)
Hall Cross Magazine (2007)
Trust AM Promo Video (2011)
Young People of the Year Booklet (2010)