Nominations are open for people to put forward unsung heroes who have made a difference to those with learning disabilities.
Now in their second year, Kent County Council is asking for nominations for people, businesses and services which have gone above and beyond in supporting and improving the lives of people with learning disabilities.
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.
Helping people stay healthy award: Highlighting the work of someone who has shown exceptional assistance in helping people stay healthy whether that be healthy eating, managing stress or depression or doing more physical activities.
People’s award: 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.
KCC Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health Graham Gibbens said: “We want to celebrate the wonderful work that goes on around the county to support people with learning disabilities.
“These awards will help recognise the companies, services and people who go the extra mile to help give people with a learning disability more choice, improved independence and access to their communities.
“This helps them live their lives without barriers and we hope highlighting these achievements will encourage others to look at what they can do to support people with a learning disability in their community.”
A judging panel will go over the nominations after the closing date on Friday, July 24 at 5pm.
Finalists will be invited to a ceremony at County Hall on October 13.
To enter, explain why you think someone should win by visiting www.kent.gov.uk/ldawards2015
You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org with your nomination or post to Joanne Cunningham, Kent County Council, Invicta House, County Hall, Maidstone, ME14 1XX.
Make sure you include your name and phone number and select which category/categories you are entering your nominee into.
You can read more about last year’s awards and winners here.