Award category: Community Group

This award recognises a community group’s achievements around disability equality. It could be a community group or disabled people’s organisation that brings people together to create meaningful change in their local area.

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Nominees in this award category

A2ndVoice

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A2ndVoice

A2ndVoice provides autism-specific services to children, teenagers and their families, particularly from African, Caribbean, Asian and minority ethnic communities. Culturally appropriate assistance ensures that disabled people and their families receive support tailored to their needs.

Through webinars and other digital platforms, A2ndVoice has created a virtual community that facilitates knowledge sharing among professionals, parents, and caregivers. Other activities include holiday clubs for children and families and inclusive swimming sessions, where disabled people can build confidence and friendships while having fun.

Disability Union

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Disability Union

The Disability Union was set up by disabled campaigner George Baker. It furthers disability rights and challenges discrimination. And increases inclusion for Disabled People. The user-led organisation campaigns at a national level and offers members 1:1 support with many issues. Like benefits, housing, and social care.

The Skills Academy provides 700+ online courses to bridge the employment gap. The Disability Union hosts social events, online communities, and campaigns. These amplify Disabled Peoples’ voices and give them the power to make change.

Green Door

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Green Door

Green Door supports hundreds of disabled people, in collaboration with Scope’s Community Engagement Programme. They provide accessible cycling, canoeing, kayaking and archery. They encourage disabled people, families, and carers to visit Westport Lake in Stoke-On-Trent. And enjoy the wonderful green spaces.

Green Door operates in one of the most deprived areas of the country, with a disproportionate level of health inequalities. Their accessible equipment and volunteers enable disabled people to exercise and socialise. And enjoy outdoor spaces safely.

Happy Smiles Training CIC

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Happy Smiles Training CIC

The Wigan-based Happy Smiles Training delivers disabled-led inclusive training to schools, community groups and businesses. In 2023 the organisation delivered training to over 4000 people. Other achievements include supporting 23 disabled people into long-term volunteering or employment and being commissioned by Wigan Council to develop a three-year EDI strategy.

Happy Smiles Training take a solutions-based approach, by raising awareness creatively. This includes an award-winning children’s book series, co-designed by people with lived experience, which informs children and families about long-term health conditions.

Wheels and Wheelchairs

Skaters push children and adults in adapted wheelchairs in a sunny park.

Wheels and Wheelchairs

Wheels and Wheelchairs is a group of wheelchair users and skaters. They enjoy the fun, collaboration, and sensory rush of accessible rollerblading. Every week in Battersea Park, skaters push children and adults in adapted wheelchairs.

The group rolls past the sites of London on street skates and joins events further afield like the Istanbul roller marathon. This is all paid for by the organisation to enable maximum participation. They’ve clocked up thousands of miles and smiles in their 11 years.

Judges of this award category