PRLog - Dec. 12, 2012 - KENDAL, U.K. -- The winners of the National Independent Living Awards (NIL) 2012 were announced this week. Organised by Breakthrough UK the North West based company and charity whose UK mission is to promote the rights, responsibilities and respect of disabled people, the awards were made to organisations that could show evidence of innovation and commitment beyond what is currently accepted as good practice
NIL Award Winner 2012
Local Supported Living & Outreach service provider Living Ambitions, based in Lostock Hall near Preston, picked up the Category 7 Award for its ‘Disability Hate Crime Campaign’ by providing details of the campaign and how it had made a positive impact on disabled people who have been victims of disability hate crime, harassment or victimization.
“The words ‘Disability Hate crime” says Robin Bush Living Ambitions MD “are not written down anywhere officially in the law and this fact troubled us. Our teams who work with people with learning disabilities through our ‘supported living’ and ‘outreach programmes’ in Lancashire looked into the issue”
The analysis was clear! Many situations and crimes were not reported. Families, relatives and friends were not sure if it was a crime and and did not know where and how to report them. Armed with this overwhelming evidence the teams took the information to Managing Director, Robin Bush.
“We developed the idea of a ‘disability hate crime event” added Robin “ and asked local organisations such as Lancashire County Council, Lancashire Constabulary, Preston City Council, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, Mencap, Caritas Care and Disability NW, to attend a meeting to see how this could be achieved”
The ‘No Place for Hate-Stop Disability Hate Crime in Lancashire’ event was born as the Living Ambitions Community Campaign 2012 and launched successfully at the Guild Hall in Preston in June of this year. It will culminate in 2013 with schools and college workshops plus a final presentation of a signed petition to the Minister of Disabled people at the Office for Disability Issues, Caxton House, London with the support of local MP Mark Hendrick
“This is the 5th award that Living Ambitions has won this year!” continues an ecstatic Robin Bush “and it is a tribute to all the good work that is going on across our services that we are getting this type of recognition. These awards are for the whole organisation and I just want to say a huge thank you and congratulations to all our incredible staff”
For further information on ‘person centred ‘supported living and outreach services please contact:
38 Brownedge Road,
Lostock Hall, Preston, Lancashire
Tel: 01772 310 280 Fax: 01772 378 796
Notes for the Editor:
• *Registered as an excellent 3* provider with the Care Quality Commission, Ofsted and the Social Care Inspectorate the organisation is also a preferred social care provider of Lancashire County Council, Wigan and Salford. With demand for ‘Supported Living’, ‘Outreach’
• *Based on Brownedge Road, Lostock Hall, in Preston, Lancashire, and the organisation has been an innovative provider of social care services for over 20 years. Originally part of the Watson Healthcare Group operating in Salford & Greater Manchester, it now focuses on developing small bespoke services for individuals of all ages in their local communities throughout the North West