A team of people with learning disabilities have won a Skills for Care Accolade in the annual ceremony to recognise achievement in social care.
Trainers for Change, known as T4C, picked up the award for the best involvement of people who use services in developing social care.The Milton-Keynes-based group have gained accredited qualifications as facilitators and deliver training for health and social care staff.
The group told the judges they wanted to “tell people what it is like to be us.”They added: “You need to learn about what we want. We are the best people to tell you about us because we have the life experience of living as people with learning disabilities in the community.”
T4C is supported by national charity MacIntyre that provides for more than 700 children and adults with a learning disability.
Bracknell Forest borough council was voted Winner of Winners for their “pioneering” work with people with dementia. The councils’ partnership with Berkshire healthcare trust has resulted in a drop in hospital admissions, the judges said.
The Skills for Care Accolades, which were held last week in London, are known as the “Oscars” of the social care world and award 12 projects for best practice across England.