Glitter and glamour as Christina presents awards at inaugural ceremony

The Scottish Commission for Learning Disability held their inaugural Learning Disability Awards at a glittering ceremony in Glasgow’s Grand Central Hotel this past month.

The Commission, who provide support, information and knowledge for those living with a disability in Scotland, established the awards to shine a light on the inspiring stories of those who live with learning disabilities.

The awards also highlighted the incredible support from the carers and families who support those with a learning disability. Award categories ranged from  Sport achievement’, ‘Youth Achievement’ and ‘Exceptional Frontline Worker’.

Christina McKelve, MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, presented an award at the ceremony, after working closely with the Commission to promote the awards.

Presenting the Social Impact Award to Jason Lyon, in recognition of Jason’s outstanding achievement with Tayberry Enterprises’ ‘Sensory Storytelling Project’, Christina added:

“It was a real honour to not only have met Jason but to present him with this most deserving of awards. For Jason to give so tirelessly and to create his stories so visually is incredibly impressive.

“The Scottish Commission for Learning Disability deserve immense credit for pulling together such a fantastic event. Changing the image of how we see and process disability in Scotland is vital and the Commission is at the forefront of that change.

“My heartfelt congratulations to all the winners and nominees at the Learning Disability Awards.

“I have no doubt at all that this event will continue to grow from strength to strength as those nominees inspire us all with their achievements year on year.

Commenting on the ceremony, Chris Creegan, SCLD Chief Executive said:

“We have witnessed an extraordinary array of talent. A better life for people with learning disabilities is possible but we must raise our expectations and create real opportunities for them.

“What these awards demonstrated is that people with learning disabilities have ambition by the bucket-load. We need to match it.”