Worcestershire People's Parliament has been shortlisted for two awards in The National Learning Disabilities and Autism Awards.
The awards celebrate excellence in the support for people with learning disabilities and aim to pay tribute to individuals and organisations who excel in providing quality care. The People's Parliament has been shortlisted for The Making a Difference Award and The People's Award.
SpeakEasy NOW runs Worcestershire People's Parliament, a self-advocacy charity for people with learning disabilities in the county. The project is funded by Worcestershire County Council in order to make sure that the learning disabilities community has a strong voice in shaping local services and improving access.
The group has ten members who are all volunteers with learning disabilities.
Kate Brackley, Member of People's Parliament said: "I am honoured, excited and just overwhelmed that People's Parliament has been recognised by being shortlisted for these awards. To even get a nomination is truly amazing. Let's hope that the team gets what we deserve."
Holly Yuille, People's Parliament Coordinator said: "I am so proud of this extraordinary team of volunteers who work tirelessly to promote the rights of people with learning disabilities in their community. Being shortlisted for two awards goes just a small way to recognising the dedication and enthusiasm they put into this project and the real difference they are making to people's lives."
The team were shortlisted for the Making a Difference Award for their campaign work in improving accessibility for people with learning disabilities across Worcestershire.
They were shortlisted for the People's Award for being a team of people with learning disabilities who work hard to include the voices of other people with disabilities in their work, and especially for their efforts in including people with more complex needs or communication difficulties in their work.
The awards ceremony is on 29th June at the ICC in Birmingham, and will be hosted by Sally Phillips who made a documentary in 2016 called 'A World Without Down's Syndrome?' partly inspired by her son Oliver who has Down's Syndrome. Five members of the People's Parliament will attend the awards on behalf of the team.
Find out more about Worcestershire People's Parliament: http://www.speakeasynow.org.uk/our-work/peoples-parliament/
Read more about the National Learning Disability and Autism Awards:https://www.nationalldawards.co.uk/