Sense Awards

Recognising the outstanding achievements of people with complex disabilities, as well as the staff, carers, family members, volunteers and fundraisers that support them.

This is the 15th year of the Awards and we are inviting you to put forward your nominations for those connected to the disability community that you’d like to see recognised by Sense.

Seven categories are open for public nomination, with ten awards in total. The categories include ‘person of the year’, ‘young person of the year’, ‘sibling of the year’ and ‘volunteer of the year’.

The Sense Awards will take place on Thursday 20 September at TouchBase Pears in Birmingham, and this year's special guest host will be disability correspondent and TV Presenter, Nikki Fox.

Nominations close 22 July 2018.

Nomination categories

Person of the Year

Do you know a person who is deafblind, has sensory impairments and/or has complex needs who is excelling in a particular area?  Have they shown courage, passion or creativity? Perhaps they have seen success in campaigning, fundraising, awareness-raising or volunteering?

Young Person of the Year

Do you know a person who is deafblind, has sensory impairments and/or complex needs under the age of 25 who has been particularly creative, overcome adversity with courage, or made a positive impact in their community?  Perhaps they have learned a new skill and used this to help themselves in their everyday life or to help others?

Sibling of the Year

Do you know someone who has supported their sibling to do something amazing?  Have they created social or learning opportunities for their brother or sister? Do you know a child that has taken on extra responsibilities? Perhaps they have shown exceptional compassion or understanding for their age?

Carer of the Year

Do you know a person or family member with caring responsibilities who is remarkable? Have they supported you, or someone you know, to do something new or exciting?

Volunteer of the Year

Has a Sense volunteer that you know shown great dedication and support?  Have they developed new skills, shown commitment and exceeded expectations resulting in a positive impact on those they support? 

Fundraiser of the Year

Sense’s work would not be possible without the support from our fundraisers.  Do you know someone or a group of people who have dedicated their time to fundraising for Sense?  Has someone created an exciting event to engage people, or perhaps you know a team that have raised an impressive amount of money for our cause?

Collaboration of the Year

The Collaboration Award is an opportunity to celebrate individuals and organisations that have contributed to our work. Perhaps an organisation has created opportunities for people through donating gifts in kind or raising awareness; working with us to promote a cause or strengthening the support that we offer.

Staff Award for Professional Excellence

Do you know someone who works at Sense that has gone above and beyond their role to achieve excellence? Has a person, team or project made a positive impact on the lives of people who are deafblind, have sensory impairments and/or complex needs?

Quality Service Award

The winner of the Quality Service Award is chosen by the Independent Sense Quality Board.  The panel look for a Sense service which has shown exemplary evidence of good practice and innovation throughout the year.

Exceptional Contribution to Sense Award

Each year someone will be honoured with accolade of the Peggy Freeman Exceptional Contribution Award.

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