Sense Awards

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

As we approach the end of a hugely challenging year, there has never been a more important time to recognise the achievements of people living with complex disabilities, their family members, dedicated staff and committed volunteers that support them.

We're pleased to reveal, below, the shortlist for this year’s Sense Awards, which will be announced on the Sense website and social media on Tuesday 1st  December from 12pm.

To learn more about this year’s shortlist, please check out Sense social media in the lead up to the big day, where we’ll be highlighting some of their incredible stories!

Sense Awards 2020 shortlist

 

Person of the Year

This award recognises a person who is deafblind and/or has complex needs, who has had an exceptional year. They may have overcome a significant challenge or achieved a great personal success. 

  1. Daniel Patrick
  2. Janet Grant
  3. Adam Harris

Young Person of the Year

This award recognises a young person, under the age of 25, who is deafblind and/or has complex needs. They will have had an exceptional year. They may have overcome a significant challenge or achieved a great personal success. 

  1. Asha Patwal
  2. Chloe Leach
  3. Tyrese Dibba
  4. Shannon O’Neill
  5. Dafydd Evans

Young Sibling of the Year

Siblings play a huge role in the lives of their disabled brothers and sisters – in their social lives, in supporting with their care, in advocating for them, and in helping them develop new skills. This award recognises an outstanding young sibling. They may have taken on extra responsibilities or shown exceptional empathy or understanding for their age.  They may have created social or learning opportunities for their brother or sister.

  1. Isabelle Thompson
  2. Zach Filler
  3. Zoe Bedford
  4. Ayushi Devkar

 

Family Carer of the Year

Particularly since lockdown, family carers have been under huge pressure, caring for their loved ones. This award recognises an amazing family carer who has shown resilience and determination to care for their loved one during what has been an extremely tough year for many.

  1. Sam Rudge
  2. Mark Ward
  3. Sandy Bowcock
  4. Martin Harris

 

Volunteer of the Year

This award recognises a person that has shown tremendous commitment and dedication through their volunteering work for Sense.  There are a range of ways that people can volunteer for Sense, from working in our charity shops, to supporting on a Sense Holiday.

  1. Tony Martin
  2. Bob Brown
  3. Maria Atanasoaei

 

Campaigner of the Year

This award recognises an individual who has championed the rights of people living with complex disabilities, at a local or national level. They may have petitioned to improve accessibility in their local high-street, campaigned with Sense on tackling loneliness, or engaged with MPs about improving social care.

  1. Karolina Pakenaite
  2. Jane Tasker
  3. Lynn Stewart-Taylor
  4. Saeed Ahmed

 

Individual Fundraiser of the Year

Sense’s work wouldn’t be possible without the support of our fundraisers. This award recognises the individuals or teams who have gone out of their way to support our cause.

  1. Claire Reece
  2. Jasper and Phoebe Laidlaw
  3. Nirmal Kalsi
  4. Leigh Allen

 

Team Fundraiser of the Year

  • Winner to be announced on 1st December 2020

 

Collaboration of the Year

Amazing things happen when people work together with a shared vision. This award recognises organisations that have collaborated achieve something special that improves the lives for people with complex disabilities. 

  1. Inclusive Ping Pong Ltd
  2. ASUK Clinics

Parliamentarian of the Year

This award recognises the work of a parliamentarian in promoting positive change for people with complex disabilities. 

  • Winner to be announced on 1st December 2020

 

Journalism of the Year

  1. Eve Simmons (Mail on Sunday)
  2. Peter Lane (Channel 5 News)
  3. Ayshah Tull (Channel 4 News)

Ambassador of the Year

  • Winner to be announced on 1st December 2020

Diane Cardwell Award for Professional Excellence

This award is for a Sense member of staff who has gone above and beyond their role to achieve excellence.  The award is named after Diane Cardwell, who was a Sense support worker and children’s intervenor who won the Award for Professional Excellence in 2013. She sadly passed away in 2018.

  1. Richard Bailey
  2. Rachael Robb
  3. Geoff Nicholson

Team Award for Professional Excellence

  1. Arts Sport and Wellbeing Team
  2. Buddying – Sense Connect Team
  3. Engagement Team

Service of the Year (Adult)

This award recognises a service that has delivered a lifechanging difference for the adults it supports.  The staff may have demonstrated incredible innovation, or great commitment and dedication in their work. The service may be a home or day centre. It also includes programmes, such as a holidays and short breaks, and arts, sports and wellbeing.

  1. Broadgate Lane & Jay Harper
  2. Behaviour and Practice Team
  3. Horton Street & Errol Cumberbatch

Service of the Year (Children)

This award recognises a service that has delivered a lifechanging difference for the children it supports.  The staff at the service may have demonstrated incredible innovation, or great commitment and dedication in their work. The service may be a home or day centre. It also includes programmes, such as a holidays and short breaks, and arts, sports and wellbeing.

  1. Siblings & Young Carers Project
  2. Woodside Bristol and South Gloucester children services

Shop of the Year

Our charity shops bring in vital revenue for Sense, and provide us with a high street presence in communities across the country. This award recognises a Sense Charity shop, or trading team, who have excelled this year. They may have exceeded financial targets, or done outstanding work connecting with the local community.

  1. Rhyl
  2. Wisbech
  3. Accrington

Quality Board Award

This award goes to a Sense service which has shown exemplary evidence of good practice and innovation throughout the year. This award is a closed category and the winner is chosen by the Independent Sense Quality Board.

  1. Ashley Green in Leeds
  2. Tanglewood in Malvern
  3. Northern Ireland Children’s Service

Outstanding contribution to International Development

This award recognises outstanding achievements of staff and partners of Sense International. The award recognises strategic and inspiring work that has raised awareness of deafblindness. New quality services to people with deafblindness and their families, initiatives that take innovative approaches to improve the lives of people with deafblindness or wins that have changed the national government’s approach. We are also keen to celebrate ‘unsung heroes’ making an exceptional contribution to work on deafblindness.

  • Winner to be announced on 1st December 2020

Peggy Freeman Award for Exceptional Contribution

This award is for a member of the Sense family who has made an exceptional contribution to Sense over the years.  This award is named after Peggy Freeman, one of the parents who co-founded the National Deafblind and Rubella Association in 1955 (the organisation which later became Sense). This is a closed award category.

  • Winner to be announced on 1st December 2020