Sense Awards staff categories

Nominations are now closed for the Sense Awards 2021.

Nominations are now closed for the Sense Awards 2021.

The winners of the Sense Awards 2021 will be announced in November.

Visit us on social media to keep up with the latest announcements and follow #SenseAwards.

Categories for Sense staff

Diane Cardwell Staff Award for Professional Excellence

This award is for a Sense employee who has gone above and beyond in their role to achieve excellence. The award is named after Diane Cardwell, an inspirational Sense support worker and children’s intervenor who won the award in 2013. She sadly passed away in 2018.

Team Award for Professional Excellence

This award is for a Sense team who have achieved excellence. This could be awarded to any team at Sense, from IT to HR, Policy to Campaigns.

Service of the Year (Children)

This award recognises a service that has delivered a lifechanging difference for the children it supports. The employees at the service may have demonstrated incredible innovation or commitment. It includes specialist services for children and young people, holidays and short breaks, intervenor and community services, and arts, sports and  wellbeing.

Service of the Year (Adults)

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

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.

Shop of the Year

Our charity shops bring in vital revenue for Sense and serve as community hubs in towns and villages across the country. This award recognises a Sense charity shop which has excelled this year. They may have exceeded financial targets, or done outstanding work connecting with the local community.

Sense International Award

This award recognises outstanding achievements of employees 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 also celebrate ‘unsung heroes’ making an exceptional contribution to work on deafblindness.

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.

Collaboration Award

A new category for 2021, this award recognises an individual employee or team who has carried out excellent work with other departments or championed the importance of bringing one or more departments together to achieve a shared goal.