National children’s charity, Young Epilepsy, has launched nominations to find the UK’s epilepsy champions.
Now in it’s fourth year, the Young Epilepsy Champions Awards will celebrate the achievements of individuals, groups and organisations across the country. The prestigious awards ceremony will take place in May 2016 at London. In previous years celebrities such as Actor Martin Kemp, TV Personality Peter Andre, Athelete Dai Green, Olympic Champion James Cracknell and TOWIE star Ferne McCann have attended and shown support to nominees and winners.
This is a time when inclusion matters more than ever for the one in 13 Brits who are disabled. Around the world, the disabled population is estimated to be one billion people, and levels of stigma and discrimination are high, thanks to outdated attitudes, poor access and outright prejudice.
John Penrose MP, the Minister for Constitutional Reform, recently joined pupils for a lively Rock Enrol!™ workshop. The workshop took place at Little Heath School in Romford where pupils who have a learning disability were able to discuss important issues with the Minister and learned about how to make their voices heard in elections.
The workshop was part of Mencap’s Me and My Vote project, funded by the Cabinet Office. The project aims to encourage people with a learning disability to register to vote and use their vote on what matters to them. As part of the project, Mencap adapted the Government’s Rock Enrol!™ learning resource.
The Lord’s Taverners has presented two Sheffield schools, Rowan School and Freeman College with a new accessible minibus each. The minibuses were presented by representatives of the Lord’s Taverners and Investec Wealth & Investment as a direct result of the Investec Ashes 2015 Cycle Challenge which raised over £200,000 for the Lord’s Taverners and other beneficiaries.
Rowan, is a primary school specialising in educating children with complex speech, language and communication difficulties including Autistic Spectrum Conditions. Freeman College caters to a range of complex learning, mental health and behavioural needs and provides day and residential education and care for young people aged 16-25.