Over 70 people and services were nominated across the 5 categories. Congratulations to everyone who received nominations.
Advocacy Centre North win Outstanding Service: Demonstrated innovative approaches to partnership working with charities across the locality including highly successful outreach work to families who might not be able to seek out advocacy otherwise. Evidence of the service trying to create social change and tackle poverty beyond advocacy.
Nergjivane Syla wins Outstanding Advocate:
“Nerj is an integral, much valued member of the team and a multi-skilled Advocate who trains, motivates and inspires others… her passion and commitment to the people she supports shows through in every case. Words that Nerj’s peers and fellow colleagues have used to describe her include, ‘tenacious,’ ‘thorough,’ ‘passionate,’ ‘non-judgmental,’ ‘dog with a bone,’ ‘doesn’t give up,’ ‘doesn’t back down,’ ‘helpful,’ ‘approachable,’ ‘knowledgeable,’ and ‘experienced,”
Reach @ Asist wins Outstanding Contribution to Equality and Diversity:
Reach is a community based group set up to support people with learning disabilities to become active and important members of their community. This has seen Reach members forming a Community Advisory Network (CAN), a group of local people whose aim it was to make culture accessible to all, embedding the needs of people with learning disabilities into the City of Culture agenda.
Just for Kids Law wins Best Co-production:
A very powerful co-produced video on advocacy for young parents whose children are subject to child protection plans or care proceedings.
You can view the outstanding video here
Michael Flynn wins Best Supporter:
Michael is a long time supporter of advocacy. Having started as a peer advocate, he then took on the chairing role of self advocacy group. He campaigns, fundraises, dedicates his energy and time to promoting advocacy and extending the reach of advocacy in the local area and has recently become the co-chair of the learning disability board.