West Norfolk Riding for the Disabled – Group Achievement in Sport Various nominations were received for individuals belonging to this association, so it was decided to recognise the achievements of this association as a whole. Mel Tomlinson the centre manager has nominated Sarah Bowling, who she feels is deserving of recognition. She is both a rider and volunteer at the centre. She has Erbs Palsy meaning she has restricted movement down one side affecting her arm and leg. As well as riding herself and competing at dressage at high level she helps other riders by leading, coaching and side walking. Also nominated by Mel, is Kieren Lambourne, who after eight months of dedicated practice and despite only having one arm, went on to compete at dressage in the East Region Qualifiers and won his class, meaning he qualified for the National Championships, all this and he is only 10 years old. Mel feels he has put in an awful lot of hard work to achieve this and is deserving of recognition. Mel also nominated Margaret Carter who has been volunteering at the centre for over fifteen years and has helped hundreds of riders with disabilities. She is always there at major events and to help at training. She also helps out at fundraisers. Finally Mel Tomlinson, the Centre Manager at the Magpie Centre was nominated by her husband Paul who felt that she was deserving of recognition because as well as being in a paid role, she volunteers hour after hour and is committed to her role. Recently she coached ten riders in dressage to compete at the East Regions qualifiers and all of her riders were placed, with two qualifying for the Nationals. MARK SPINKS – INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN SPORT Mark is an extremely hard working, enthusiastic and charismatic coach who everyone warms to. His passion is table tennis where he has had great personal success competing in the local King’s Lynn league, but as a coach working for Top Coaching he has taken many juniors with disabilities to national tournaments, where they have done well. Mark does regular coaching for disabled people at Lynnsport and Walton Highway and recently engaged with West Norfolk Deaf Association to run some activities for people with disabilities. Through Mark’s dedication and hard work, this year saw the first disabled tournament at the King’s Lynn Table Tennis Championships. Mark has also assisted the Borough Council’s Urban Sports Motivator in running sports camps across King’s Lynn. Whilst some of the youngsters were disruptive, Mark really focussed their attention to working hard and achieving some positive results and really gained the respect of these children. JULIE FOUNTAIN – CARERS AWARD Julie has been carer to Louis Williamson for about 11 1/2 years and also cared for his wife, Olive up until she died on Christmas Eve in 2002. Olive had had severe Parkinson’s Disease for many years and whilst it was no easy job, Julie took her on holidays, out for meals and much more. Nothing was too much trouble and it still isn’t and Julie has helped many other people in need. Louis has had five major strokes and suffers from a long standing spinal injury and feels that if anyone deserves to be given this Award, Julie does. LUKE KING – YOUNG CARERS AWARD Luke cares for his mother with mental health problems and helps her to look after his brother and sister and new born twins (a boy and a girl). He gives the family emotional support and practical support with housework, washing, cooking and so much more, whilst still attending school and trying his best. Jean Ellis from West Norfolk Carers says Luke deserves support and recognition as he represents all young carers and the struggles they face every day. CLARE FISHER – BRONZE INDIVIDUAL AWARD FOR VOLUNTEERING & HELPING OTHERS Clare joined the local branch of Multiple Sclerosis just over a year ago and immediately took over the failing newsletter, resurrecting it by tirelessly collecting ideas and pieces of interest to add to the publication. When out and about Clare always wears her ID for the MS Branch and consequently comes into contact with potential new members. She also works hard by holding coffee mornings to widen the local interest in MS. Clare achieves all of this and inspite of the fact that she is a single mum and she too has Multiple Sclerosis. BRITTANY BARBER – SILVER INDIVIDUAL AWARD FOR VOLUNTEERING & HELPING OTHERS Brittany has just completed a Young Apprenticeship course at the College of West Anglia in sports leadership. During her time on the course she became injured and was unable to pursue her very active life in sports. Since February 2008 Brittany has been a volunteer at the Dyspraxia Foundation and Dyscoverers Club, contributing to improving the lives of young people who have dyspraxia by organising and conducting sports activities for them to enjoy. Always showing a keenness to be involved, Brittany displays a positive, mature attitude and inspite of her own busy sports schedule, she tries to attend the sessions even if it is after a football match and she turns up in muddy gear! Brittany hopes to become a PE teacher and her involvement with the Dyspraxia foundation has helped in the development of her own skills and will assist in her chosen career path in sports. REBECCA WALTON – GOLD INDIVIDUAL AWARD FOR VOLUNTEERING & HELPING OTHERS As soon as she turned 16, Rebecca Walton started to support disabled children and young people, volunteering as an enabler for Out & About. As an enabler, Rebecca helps disabled children and young people to take part in local leisure activities which they would otherwise miss out on. Rebecca has experience of helping disabled people as she has a brother with a disability and this has supported her belief that all disabled people should be entitled to the same opportunities as those without disabilities. Whilst directly supporting disabled children in leisure groups, Rebecca has been able to share her knowledge, skills and experiences with group leaders, other young people. This has taken the form of advice, guidance and suggestions on inclusiveness not only with leisure providers but also her peers and other young people who may be attending the group. Rebecca has been volunteering alongside a young person in Brownies each week which has enabled the young person to develop confidence and communication skills and continue in her activity. Rebecca has also supported two disabled young people at a Young Carers Fun day. Without support it would be likely that these two young people would have been unable to attend. As well as helping volunteers, Rebecca works hard to raise funds for Out and About and visits local schools to talk to young people about getting involved and becoming a volunteer. Rebecca’s commitment has been outstanding and she is a great role model to all other young people in giving up her time as well as continuing with her own academic studies. WEST NORFOLK MIND’S TIME TO CHANGE ALLOTMENT PROJECT – SILVER GROUP AWARD FOR VOLUNTEERING & HELPING OTHERS West Norfolk Mind’s Time to Change Allotment Project has brought together a team of diverse people who have transformed a redundant allotment plot into a vibrant and viable piece of land. The whole group, including service users, volunteers, staff and members of the executive committee have all pulled together to make this happen. The impact the allotment has had on a number of service users in the care of West Norfolk Mind has been extremely positive. Taking part in meetings in London with funders and getting involved with planning decisions and gaining skills across a wide range of activities a well as giving people a purpose for their day has been very apparent during the life of the project. Team individuals have seen the plans on papers come to life and have also benefited from the peace and space the allotment offers. Several carers and family members have also reported that service users have grown in confidence and really enjoy coming to our project. Recently West Norfolk Mind has gone into partnership with a number of other agencies to make it a very real community project and help stamp out discrimination against mental health issues. LAVENDER HILL MOB THEATRE COMPANY - GOLD AWARD FOR VOLUNTEERING & HELPING OTHERS The Lavender Hill Mob Theatre Company is a group that provides help and encouragement through musical entertainment to people of any age over 4 years, no matter what their abilities or disabilities. Children and adults alike develop their talents through a wide range of opportunities, including acting, dancing, singing and helping with the backstage technical aspects of theatre work. Members of The Lavender Hill Mob have a wide range of disabilities, including Downs Syndrome, Autism, ADHD and learning difficulties and some are victims of bullying. In spite of this, each member respects one another and they work together to showcase their individual gifts and talents, however great or small. Membership is on the increase and all the staff and Directors, together with the performers themselves are deserving of this Award. TREVOR & SUSAN SMITH – MAYOR’S AWARD Trevor and Susan Smith have been members of the Borough Council’s Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities since 2007 and Trevor was elected as vice chair to the Committee in September this year. Both have been pro-active members, raising a number of issues affecting people with disabilities in the Borough which subsequently have been investigated by the Committee’s Secretary. They were integral in working with the Borough Council’s IT department ensuring the Online Access guide was user friendly prior to its launch in July 2009. Although Sue herself is disabled and her husband is her full time carer, both of them work very hard for many local causes supporting disabled people by giving of their time and helping to raise much needed funds. This couple’s attitude towards helping all these organisations and shear enthusiasm for what they do also reflects their determination to live life to the full together. Trevor’s patience and devotion to Sue in sharing that life is a major factor in their combined approach to everything they do. They are inseparable as a couple and inseparable in receiving this award. GARETH DAVIS & DANNY HUDDLESTONE – SERVICE PROVIDERS Gareth Davis is a special needs co-ordinator and Danny Huddlestone the Health and Safety Officer at the College of West Anglia. They work together to enable a wide range of students to have access to courses and facilities at the College. They do not use the rules to shut doors but work in creative and imaginative ways to give students wide ranging and meaningful experiences. This year two disabled students are completing college courses and progressing on to University for their degrees, leaving home for the first time. One has a life threatening form of Epilepsy and Aspergers Syndrome and the other has Spina Bifida. Another student has severe dyspraxia but, with Gareth and Danny’s help, is taking on all aspects of the performing arts, achieving high grades and likely to go on to University. Stories like these are replicated across the College and although the College itself has put in place wide ranging opportunities and facilities, it is these two people in particular who go the extra mile and take their jobs over and above the obvious. Gareth and Danny make a real and sustained difference in other peoples lives on a year by year and day by day basis. DARREN BARKER & JAMIE COOPER – SERVICE PROVIDERS Regular visitors to the waste tip in Kings Lynn will know that all the operators there are helpful. But Darren and Jamie in particular are receiving this award for providing the extra help and support that disabled users need. Even when they are busy and under pressure, they are polite and efficient. Darren and Jamie are a real credit to the County Council. SHAUN CROFTS – SERVICE PROVIDERS When Trevor and Susan Smith’s specialised toilet system broke Sue could no longer use the extended handle that had been installed. Trevor got in touch with the builder that had previously carried out disabled modifications in their home. The weeks and months went by and despite a visit by the builder, endless phone calls and six months of lifting buckets of water they were let down. Mr Smith spotted a plumber doing a job for a neighbour and gave him a call. The very next day he arrived at their door and immediately saw the predicament Mr and Mrs Smith were in. Shaun set to work ordering the parts and fixing the system. Several months later the Smiths had another problem with the system but once again Shaun came to the rescue straight away, putting off another job, he repaired the floor, replaced the necessary parts and treated Sue like a member of his own family! JEAN RAVEN – CHARITY WORK Always smiling and giving, Jean is a courageous lady who, in spite of her own disability has been supporting Phobbies in King’s Lynn for many years in every way she can. Jean is a good cook and many Phobbies freezers have been filled, raising much needed funds. She has even been known to invite her family to ‘Donate a fee’ when she has cooked their Sunday Lunch! Jean is always willing to pass on her many craft skills to others, and in spite of her own ill health last year, being a wife and mother and supporting her elderly father, Jean managed to raise yet another £300 for Phobbies by making and decorating Christmas Cakes pies etc. An inspiration to all, Jean’s friends at Phobbies are thrilled to see her being recognised in this way.