Scottish Commission for Learning Disability seeking nominations
The Scottish Commission for Learning Disability is launching Scotland’s first ever national Learning Disability Awards.
The Learning Disability Awards provide a platform to celebrate, nationally, the achievements and stories of people with learning disabilities. The awards aim to highlight the rarely heard accounts of people with learning disabilities, and also recognise the contribution of the family carers and frontline workers who support them.
The awards will take place during Learning Disability Week on 19th May, at Glasgow’s Grand Central Hotel.
Nominations for the awards close on Monday 6th of March, with categories for 7 awards including ‘Sport achievement’, ‘Youth Achievement’ and ‘Exceptional Frontline Worker’.
Christina McKelvie, MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, has praised the awards and has raised a Scottish parliamentary motion congratulating the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability.
Commenting, Christina said:
“These awards are a great indication of the positive work the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability have achieved over the years.
“We should rightly celebrate the remarkable achievements of people with learning disabilities in Scotland.
“From ‘Inspirational Family Carer’ to ‘Youth Achievement’, the 7 award categories recognise achievement across all aspects of life, culture and society.
“I was proud to launch a motion in the Scottish Parliament recognising the awards ceremony and would encourage all to nominate someone they believe deserves to be rewarded for their inspirational achievements”.
Chris Creegan, Chief Executive of SCLD, added:
“We are delighted with the response we have had to the awards since we launched the competition in January.
“We are grateful for the opportunity afforded by Ms McKelvie’s motion for the awards to be discussed in the Scottish Parliament.
“The Scottish Government’s learning disability strategy, ‘The keys to life’, recognises that people with learning disabilities have the right to contribute to their communities.
“These awards have been created to celebrate their contributions.”
To find out more about the awards ceremony, please visit https://www.scld.org.uk/ldawards2017/