Sense Awards

Take a look at the winners from the Sense Awards 2020!

 

Sense Awards 2020 winners

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. 

Winner: Daniel Patrick

Shortlisted: Janet Grant, 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. 

Winner: Tyrese Dibba

Shortlisted: Asha Patwal, Chloe Leach, Tyrese Dibba, Shannon O’Neill, 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.

Joint winners: Zach Filler, Ayushi Devkar

Shortlisted: Isabelle Thompson, Zoe Bedford

Family Carer of the Year

Particularly since lockdown, family carer’s 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.

Winner: Sam Rudge

Shortlisted: Mark Ward, Sandy Bowcock, 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.

Winner: Maria Atanasoaei

Shortlisted: Tony Martin, Bob Brown

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.

Winner: Saeed Ahmed

Shortlisted: Karolina Pakenaite, Jane Tasker, Lynn Stewart-Taylor

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.

Joint winners: Claire Reece, Leigh Allen

Shortlisted: Jasper and Phoebe Laidlaw, Nirmal Kalsi

Team Fundraiser of the Year

Winner: Jan and Philip Hulme of the Hadley Trust

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. 

Winner: Inclusive Ping Pong Ltd

Shortlisted: ASUK Clinics

Parliamentarian of the Year

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

Vicky Foxcroft MP

Journalism of the Year

Winner: Aysha Tull (Channel 4 News), Peter Lane (Channel 5 News)

Shortlisted: Eve Simmons (Mail on Sunday)

Ambassador of the Year

Rebecca Front

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.

Winner: Rachael Robb

Shortlisted: Richard Bailey, Geoff Nicholson

Team Award for Professional Excellence

 

Winner: Buddying – Sense Connect Team

Shortlisted: Arts, Sport and Wellbeing Team, 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 & short breaks, and arts, sports & wellbeing.

Winner: Horton Street & Errol Cumberbatch

Shortlisted: Broadgate Lane & Jay Harper, Behaviour and Practice Team.

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 services will be recognised for a particular piece of work or programme that has made a difference. It includes programmes, such as specialist services for children & young people, holidays & short breaks, intervenor and community services, and arts, sports & wellbeing.

Winner: Sense Family Centre Woodside and South Gloucester children services

Shortlisted: Siblings & Young Carers Project

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.

Winner: Sense Accrington shop

Shortlisted: Sense Rhyl shop, Sense Wisbech shop

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.

Winner: Northern Ireland Children’s Service

Shortlisted: Ashley Green in Leeds, Tanglewood in Malvern

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: Akhil Paul, Sense India

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: Elliot Smith