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Celebrating Success 2018 at the National Maritime Museum

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“Inclusion means that beautiful public spaces belong to all of us, especially to the disabled people who contribute to and are supported by Three Cs” CEO Jo Clare.

On the evening of June 28th 2018, and while most of the country was watching England versus Belgium in the World cup, over 350 guests of Three Cs arrived in style at the National Maritime Museum to mark the 25th anniversary of the charity with an epic party called Celebrating Success 2018. Arriving at this iconic venue in style, some in stretch limousines, people with learning disabilities, autism and/or mental health challenges put on the Ritz, glitz and glamour and, for the evening, took over the whole of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, the largest museum of its kind in the world. 

After Pimms on the lower deck, a welcome address by Chair Anusha Everson followed by dinner seated on the Great Map on the upper deck, guests were treated to an awards ceremony, to a performance by singer Lizzie Emeh, and dancing till late. Over 30 VIPs were recognised for making contributions to their own lives or the lives of others, for volunteering, for providing Gr8Support and for Speaking Out.  

Chair, Anusha Everson, acknowledged the importance of giving something back and the huge contribution made by general volunteers, trustees and fundraisers at Three Cs. Gary Bourlet, original founder of People First and co-founder of LDE, introduced and presented awards for Independence and Community, saying how important it was that a new generation of self-advocates seized opportunities to speak out on TV and in the media in the same way that he had. Sally Warren, MD of Paradigm, introduced and presented the Gr8 Support awards to staff, emphasising the importance of the eight characteristics of great support – Adventurous, Friendly, Encouraging, Supportive of my loving, Connecting, Advocating, Respectful, Resourceful – because they are based on what 350 people with learning disabilities and their families said were most important.

Thanking SELTCP Transforming Care Forum for their efforts to transform services for people with autism, learning disabilities and mental health challenges, as well as family members who speak out at regular Speak Easy events, CEO Jo Clare said she was very proud of the achievements of the disabled people supported by Three Cs and the staff who support them. She acknowledged the support and partnership of Trustees, thanked her top team for helping lead, shape and improve an organisation we can all be proud of and thanked guests for giving generously of their applause in celebrating Three Cs success.

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