Local Mencap group celebrates awards success

26 April 2013

Members of Avon-North Mencap Society were presented with nationally recognised awards during a celebratory event attended by Mayor Peter Main earlier this month.

Mencap’s Gateway Award encourages people with a learning disability to take part in activities that help them gain new skills, become more independent and get involved with their communities.

A total of 17 participants achieved the bronze level of the Gateway Active Awards – a scheme encouraging people with learning disabilities to gain new skills while improving their health and wellbeing.

The local programme is made possible thanks to funding from People’s Health Trust using money raised by HealthTogether through The Health Lottery.

At the event, held at Century’s Club in Bristol, on April 12, Mayor Main presented the Betty Phillips Outstanding Achievement Award to one member who had completed a sponsored 10-mile walk.

The Gateway Active scheme requires participants to complete different activities before they achieve their award; hobbies, fitness, volunteering, lifestyle and completion of a gateway challenge. Members who achieved the bronze level can progress to the silver stage of the awards.

Gateway Active Club member, Joy, 29, who is completing her Gateway Award at Avon-North Mencap, said: “At first, I wasn’t sure whether I’d be able to do the Gateway Award. But I’m glad I did it. I feel I can do things now if I try. I volunteer at a nursery and I feel more confident doing things on my own.”

Chris Lunn, Director – HealthTogether, said: “It’s great that money raised by HealthTogether is being used to support incredible local organisations like Avon-North Mencap.” 

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