Three small disability charities have won a Lloyds Bank Foundation National Charity Achievement Awards. They were recognised for the inspirational and ground-breaking work they do.
Cornwall People First (CPF) impressed the judges for having transformed the way people with learning disabilities communicate with authorities about issues that matter to them. They have worked with local services on awareness-raising events like ‘Blue Light Day’, where the people they support can speak to emergency services about their needs. By helping people with learning disabilities gain access to local authorities and decision makers, Cornwall People First empowers them to make change happen and ensure that their opinions count. This year, working with Mencap, they ran the best attended General Election Hustings for people with learning disabilities across the country.
Yellow Submarine won the award for Enterprising Collaboration for their work partnering with their local college to become the first employer in Oxfordshire to offer apprenticeships to people with learning difficulties. Now their social enterprise cafés are topping the charts on TripAdvisor, and the quality of their cuisine is becoming the talk of their towns. The cafés Yellow Submarine have created are at the centre of their mission, which is to give young people and adults in Oxfordshire with learning disabilities the chance of a more independent and hopeful future.
Hijinx Theatre Company in Wales won the award for Outstanding Impact for their efforts in bringing aspiring actors with learning disabilities to the stage and screen. They have set up several professional training academies in Wales for people with learning disabilities to learn to perform – their students have performed at Glastonbury and Edinburgh Festival to name a few. They won the Outstanding Impact award for the way they give hope and aspiration to their students.