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Celebrating International Day of People with Disabilities

Today we’re celebrating International Day of People with Disabilities 2021 on December 3rd. This is a day celebrated annually and internationally and we’re proud to recognise the challenges facing people who live with disabilities and celebrate the opportunities we’re able to provide. 

This year’s theme is ‘Fighting for rights in the post-COVID era.’ In a year where every person’s life has been impacted by the global pandemic, we’re incredibly proud to be providing amazing opportunities and extraordinary support to enable the people we support to live their best lives possible.

We want to celebrate all the amazing people across our charity who have done incredible things and got involved in some life changing opportunities. Here’s just a few of them:

Voted Newcomer of the Year in this year’s National Learning Disabilities and Autism Awards, Oliver is a shining example, in a year where he achieved his dream job with us as Sports Inclusion Assistant and has represented our charity and the Rugby League World Cup in many ways throughout the year including the prestigious honour of closing the London Stock Exchange.


Tom Hawkins was recently awarded the St Helen’s Mayor’s Good Citizen Award for his ten years of volunteer work within the community.. This prestigious award was presented to Tom at St Helen’s Town Hall by the Mayor, Cllr Sue Murphy this October. We’re so proud of Tom’s hard work and commitment to his home and community.


Earlier this year, thanks to our generous partners, local Merseyside restaurant Lunya, donating hundreds of delicious free meals to our colleagues, we were albe to offer paid work to John, a person we support from Ritherup Lane. John has been employed to deliver the meals across Merseyside. Find out more about our partnership with Lunya here.


We’re proud to have supported 30 individuals with disabilities to take part in a series of life-changing volunteering opportunities at Rugby League’s biggest summer event, the Dacia Magic Weekend this year. Baking cakes, taking photographs and DJ-ing were just some of the incredible dream-making opportunities taken on by our Inclusive Volunteers and made possible by our world-first, dedicated volunteering programme for people with care and support needs in partnership with the Rugby League World Cup 2021.

 

We’re incredibly proud of our colleagues and people we support across our charity. As Oliver says in the video below, this day means a lot to our charity and so many people across the world, so head over to our social media channels and give us a thumbs up to celebrate with us.

 

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