08:55, Monday, 11th October 2021

Nominations open for the SEND Awards

Local children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) have come together through the Young People’s Advisory Group (YPAG) to plan the SEND Award Ceremony.

Local young people said: “We want to celebrate SEND. We want to show people it’s not about having challenges or being different, it’s about being strong and empowered.”

One of the ways children and young people wanted to show this was through an award ceremony.

The SEND Award Ceremony will take place on Friday, 21 January from 5-7pm in the Assembly Room at Grimsby Town Hall, Town Hall Square, Grimsby, DN31 1HU.

The Ceremony is themed ‘night at the movies’ and is sure to be a lively and fun occasion for both young people and adults.

Shining a light on what they thought was most important, the group came up with ten award categories that they thought should be recognised.

Vote online using the SEND Award nomination form.

Community Award

For someone who goes to remarkable lengths to help others to lead their best life. 

Creative Arts Award

For someone who has made an outstanding artistic achievement. 

Sports Award 

For someone who’s sporting achievements deserves to be celebrated. 

Friendship Award

For someone who goes that extra mile to support others and be a great friend.

Education and Learning Award

For any pupil or student who is dedicated to their education and strives to achieve the best they can in their chosen curriculum areas.  

Environment Award

This award provides us with an opportunity to celebrate and promote the outstanding achievements of environmental volunteers and supporters who are determined to look after our planet.  

Student Personality of the Year Award

For anyone aged 5-25 years in education or training who really stands out as an inspiration to us all.  

Adults and Organisations 

Inspiring Teacher Award

For an adult working with children with SEND who has had a huge impact. A committed individual who raises the aspirations for young people with SEND. 

Education Setting Award

This award is for an Early Years setting or a school or college that stands out by making a real difference to the lives of children and young people with SEND and their families in our community.

Special Recognition Award

For achievements not covered in other categories, such as inspiring parent/carers, support workers, health care workers or social care workers who have made a real difference to the lives of children and young people with SEND and their families in our local area.


Tell us who you think deserves to be recognised for one of the ten categories. Vote using the SEND Award nomination form.

Nominations will close on Monday, 8 November so make sure to cast your votes by then.

The YPAG group will join forces with four notable members of the community to review the nominations and decide who wins at the end of November.

Will it be you? Winners will receive an invitation to the Award Ceremony in early December.

There’s a lot more exciting news to come about the ceremony so check back to the Local Offer to see the students designs and ideas come to life and secure a seat at the Ceremony.

Local businesses and organisations are supporting the award ceremony by sponsoring awards and prizes.

If you would like to contribute to the ceremony in some way and be recognised for your support then please contact Lauren Thompson, lauren.thompson2@nelincs.gov.uk.

The YPAG group meets online every month with two children from seven local Secondary Schools.

Do you have ideas that you want to put forward or an experience to share?

To find out more about YPAG or get involved in one of the many opportunities we have to influence what we offer, contact the Local Offer Coordinator, Lauren Thompson at lauren.thompson2@nelincs.gov.uk.

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