Kent County Council is launching its first ever Learning Disability Partnership Awards to celebrate unsung heroes who are making a difference to others.
The awards are being launched during national Learning Disability Week (16-22 June) and the partnership is asking for nominations for people, businesses and services which go the extra mile to support and improve the lives of people with learning disabilities.
The five award categories are:
Employer of people with a disability award
Do you know a company or business which makes sure employees with a disability are treated equally and given opportunities to develop fully as a member of staff?
Supported housing award
This award could be a housing provider, social landlord or housing and information advice service which provides an exceptional service to people with a learning disability.
Supporting people with learning disabilities award (team or individual)
Do you know a nurse, a social worker, a therapist or someone else who gives excellent support and a bit extra to make a difference to the lives of someone with a learning disability?
Citizenship award (opening up communities)
This award is to recognise an individual, service, or an organisation which have made changes to improve access to places and information and helped people be part of their community.
The People’s award celebrates someone with a learning disability who, through hard work, has made a difference to their own or other people’s lives.
Graham Gibbens, KCC Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, said: “There is a lot of wonderful work which goes on around the county to support people with learning disabilities and we want to celebrate this. We want to recognise companies, services and people who have gone the extra mile to help give people with a learning disability more choice, improved independence and access to their local communities so they can live their lives without barriers. We hope that these awards will encourage others to look at what they can do to support people with a learning disability in their community.”
The Kent Learning Disability Partnership Board wants people with learning disabilities to nominate contenders for one or more of the five categories.
Enter via the Learning Disability Partnership Awards. A separate entry should be sent for each nomination.
The closing date for nominations is 5pm on Monday 14 July 2014.
The winners of the awards will be invited to a presentation and lunch on 2 September 2014 at Sessions House, Maidstone before the meeting of the Kent Learning Disability Partnership Board.