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Past Events

2023

Education and Learning Award

Educational Setting Award

Environment Award

Friendship Award

Inspiring Teacher Award

Sports Award

SEND Friendly Business or Organisation Award

Community Award

Creative Arts Award

Student Personality of the Year Award

Special Recognition Award


Cohen Cullum

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

  • Cohen attends the YPAG group every month since last year.
  • Cohen volunteers his time in the community at food banks, and as the Foresight Fox.
  • Cohen helps at the ‘We are fish community allotment’ and helps at Centre4. He is out at 8.30 am and still helping all day long.
  • Cohen has found a passion for volunteering.
  • Cohen does lots of fundraising for charity’s. At Christmas he collected lots of selection boxes and delivered them to the local St Andrews children’s hospice he now also is volunteering at a kids holiday scheme for young children age 8 plus with additional needs. He attended the scheme himself from a young age and now wants to give something back by helping out and guiding these children on how to manage their issues .
  • Cohen helps a local artists at the workshops she does with local vulnerable children.
  • Cohen likes to be busy so he uses all his energy to help others and it has helped his confidence so much . He is always offering up his time and just loves helping others to make the community better for everyone.
  • Cohen goes above and beyond for anyone young and old
  • “I’m so proud to know him and watch him grow in confidence which is an achievement in itself “

Lucy Gregory

Creative Arts award – For someone who has made an outstanding artistic achievement.

Lucy has made great progress and has made some amazing pictures for the wall in the ELSA room. She has made a giraffe and a dinosaur and is currently working on a crocodile. She uses her art work to stay focused and has achieved great things.

Limi Eastwood

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

She always goes out of her way to ensure everyone is happy and included, in the intervention group she is involved with, she tries her hardest to make sure everyone is included, she is patient and thoughtful.

Thomas Osborne

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.

Tom has taken an active role in the Franklin Student Sustainability group. He was a key member of the group throughout the year taking a role in organising Sustainability week and the groups drive to reduce single use plastic by speaking to leaders at the college.

Thomas is a great green and sustainability ambassador and frequently volunteers his time to promote and educate others environmental ideals. Thomas was an instrumental player in securing 500 free reusable metal water bottles for students here at the college and campaigned successfully to get water dispensers fitted for all students. Thomas has also been an active member of the rewilding team here at the college and can be seen regularly planting trees and wildflowers. Thomas is currently working with the senior management team on a voluntary basis to look at other ways the college can reduce their carbon footprint.

Karina Secara

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

Karina is profoundly deaf. She embraces having 2 cochlear implants.
Karina and her family moved to Grimsby ready for her to start Year 6 where she had to start learning English as an additional language.
Despite all the tremendous difficulties she faces, Karina is always positive. She wants so desperately to learn and succeed and always puts 100% effort into everything given to her, even when it’s vey difficult.
Karina never stops smiling, she is a definite half glass full kind of a person.
Karina wants to be independent and go on to college and to work.
Karina has come a long way since starting in Secondary School when I needed to use google translate and pictures in order to communicate with her.
In my 24 years as a Teaching Assistant I have never worked with such a fantastic student like K! She is a star.

Jamie-Leigh Blastland

Sports Award – For someone who’s sporting achievement deserves to be celebrated.

Jamie-Leigh is a credit to herself, our school and her family.
She is always cheerful and kind. She gives 100% to everything she does and never lets her physical disability stop her! She has cerebral palsy, epilepsy and asthma.
Recently she came 2nd in the inter-school Boccia tournament. She also completed the recent 800 metre cross country without stopping! She smashed it!! Jamie you are a superstar!
Sheer determination and not letting anything stop her. She completed the whole cross country course without issue although she couldn’t move afterwards she still managed to complete it.
I get more and more proud of her every day she never let’s her issues stop her doing anything and with the operation she has coming up which could end badly I’m happy she is getting all these chances to do what she feels she’s capable of doing so she had memories of things she has accomplished.

Phoebe Wattam

Student personality of the Year – For anyone aged 5-25 years in education or training who really stands out as an inspiration to us all.

Phoebe had an illness aged 9 which caused her to have multiple strokes and she was hospitalised for many months and almost lost her life. Phoebe had to learn to talk walk and restart her life.
At age 17 and beginning her studies at college. She has overcome many set back in terms of her education and not being able to get her desired results despite trying her absolute hardest. Phoebes memory is impaired which means she has to try much harder In everything she does.
Phoebe also learnt to horse ride again & enjoys riding each week, she is a very special young lady who always has a smile for others & is an inspiration on how to overcome adversity ! What a Star.

Jane Thorpe-Green and Claire McHugh

Inspiring Teacher Award – For an adult working with children with special educational needs who has had a huge impact. A committed individual who raises the aspirations for young people with SEND.

Jane’s class use their ‘personal learning programme’ budget to give back to the community. They have visited the a local care home with fund hampers post Christmas to cheer residents up, worked with the ‘Canoe Guy’ to complete litter pics and worked in the Grimsby food kitchen and other charitable activities.
Jane’s standard of teaching and learning is amazing along with her commitment to providing her learners with every opportunity they deserve.
Jane has had a huge impact working with our SEND learners and also in the local community.
Jane has forged positive relationships with diverse groups within the local community to allow her learners to experience the value of community spirit and making a positive impact in the area we live in.

Claire is the SEND lead for my child’s school she goes above and beyond for all children with SEND.
She is always happy to answer any questions and if she can’t answer them she will find someone who can.
Mrs McHugh took time out her own life/weekend to run the cross country track at Weelsby Woods to ensure it was a safe enough and as less risk as possible course for my child to run who has cerebal palsy.
 Mrs McHugh goes above and beyond in her SENCo role making sure all children are supported and understood. She listens, cares and makes everyone feel included.

Yarborough Academy

Educational 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 local communities.

Going over and above to support a young individual with SEN, adapting and offering many things to try and help him settle and to love learning. Making things happen when they need to, amazing communication and home support.
The early years setting in a mainstream school have gone out of their way to make sure every child is catered for with their learning. They make sure their settings are inclusive for SEN children who attend mainstream helping with anything they can to make the school experience enjoyable and engaging for children.
They offer support for parents and children above and beyond.
My son brings his shoes to me to tell me he wants to go to school every day even on Saturdays and Sundays, that’s how much of a positive impact they have had on my son and us as a family.
I will always be grateful for the support, encouragement, conversations, information , nurture, understanding, care and guidance Mrs Howard and Mrs Walton have given my son and my family.

NE Lincs Parent Carer Forum

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.

These group of individuals are dedicated, devoted, determined and amazing and are very passionate about making change for the best for other families within North East Lincolnshire.
Leanne, a mum of 3 SEN children, tirelessly supports their needs and also volunteers her time to the parent carer forum. She also helps support parents of SEN children to liaise with schools to help get the best support on place. She is kind hearted, supportive and so knowledgeable. She is such a super hero!!!
Mums and Dads devoted to supporting families. They say they just do what they do’ but they do so very much to support others whilst juggling their own family lives and commitments. Thank you.
Without the PCF I wouldn’t have known where to go or who to turn to. Life savers. They need recognising for their support and commitment in helping parents of kids with SEND through their journey.

We Are Fish CIC

SEND Friendly Business – For organisations of all sizes who provide a SEND -friendly environment and inclusive service.

Sandra from We are Fish goes above and beyond with everything. No matter how hard situations she is faced with are she conquers it all for the children and community. She has made a massive difference to some children within the community. I literally could write a story about this women on how she works so hard for the community. She has a community allotment through her charity company we are fish for all children and adults can go volunteer and help out.
Sandra puts in a lot hard work in the community for families has children herself and works full time deserves an award.

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

Presented by Nunny’s Farm

Nunny’s Farm was founded by Neil and Jo who wanted to give something back to a local neighbourhood in Grimsby and the wider community. Having a child with disabilities, they understand the significant impact that sensory experiences with animals can have for people. Prior to Nunny’s Farm there was nowhere local which allowed people to get up and close with farm animals. Engaging with animals can have huge therapeutic benefits for both adults and children.


Creative Arts award – For someone who has made an outstanding artistic achievement.

Presented by Tomos Marland

Tomos is a returning winner and presenter to the SEND Awards. Last year he won the Creative Arts award for his passion for movie and film. Tomos has aspirations to be an Ambassador for SEND to shake up stereotypes about people with SEND. Tomos has numerous accomplishments including being a Young Reporter, participating in the Youth Voice project, and winning the people’s vote at Linkage College, becoming the president of their Student Union.


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

Presented by Tasos Kapatsoulias

Tasos is a part of Youth Action, the local youth council for young people aged 13 to 21, where all members are voluntary. The group works on a number of projects which includes the annual consultation of young people’s priority issues – Your Voice, Your Vote.


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.

Presented by James Elliot

James is Grimsby’s own Canoe River Cleaner has spent the last few years rowing up and down the waterways around NE Lincs and clearing algae and debris in an effort to our waterways more appealing to residents. He’s since become somewhat of a celebrity, turning the work into his living. James is an environmental inspiration for all our young people.


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

Presented by Zane Powels MBE

Zane is no stranger to exercise. In 2020 he was awarded the MBE in recognition of the  900 miles he walked during lockdown delivering 15,000 school lunches in all weathers to ensure his children at Western Primary school had sufficient food. He also carried out welfare checks and delivered homework, so they would not miss out on their education during the pandemic. Zane returned to NE Lincs for a short visit before returning for his second year as deputy head of a primary school in Panama.


Sports Award – For someone who’s sporting achievement deserves to be celebrated.

Harry Clifton, Grimsby Town Football Club

Harry Louis Clifton is a professional footballer who plays as a midfielder and winger for EFL League Two club Grimsby Town. Born in England, he represents Wales internationally.


Student personality of the Year – For anyone aged 5-25 years in education or training who really stands out as an inspiration to us all.

Presented by Rebecca Taylor – Head of SEND and Inclusion


Inspiring Teacher Award – For an adult working with children with special educational needs who has had a huge impact. A committed individual who raises the aspirations for young people with SEND.

Presented by Sharon Wroot – Executive Director Environment Economy & Resources


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.

The Worshipful The Mayor of the Borough of North East Lincolnshire, Cllr Ian Lindley


Educational 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 local communities.

Presented by Zane Powels MBE


SEND Friendly Business – For organisations of all sizes who provide a SEND -friendly environment and inclusive service.

Presented by Matthew Head

Matthew Head is an entrepreneur and Small Business Owner bringing high quality coffee and books to the people of North East Lincolnshire and our visitors to the local area from The Globe in Cleethorpes. Matthew and his team are strong supporters of inclusion for all.

The North East Lincolnshire Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Awards returned on Wednesday 5 July at Grimsby Town Hall.

The event was a huge success and local children, young people, their families and professionals shared in the excitement.

“It was good to see the young people accepting their awards and how proud their families and friends were.”

“It was lovely to hear about all these inspirational people and I particularly enjoyed seeing the video footage. It was such a fabulous celebration of all things wonderful!”

SEND Awards Guests

Special guests included the Worshipful the Mayor of the Borough of North East Lincolnshire, Cllr Ian Lindley, Harry Clifton from Grimsby Town Football Club, returning winners and presenters and local organisations.

None of this would have been possible without the participation of the public.

Thank you to all of the children and young people, their families, and professionals who submitted nominations.

2022

Winners


Community Award

Kendra Theaker-Gregersen


Environment Award

Riley Gault


Education and Learning Award

Tegan White & Justin Dunford


Friendship Award

Ryan Roffee & Riley Carnan-Bird


Sports Award

Charlie Huntley


Creative Arts Award

Tomos Marland


Student Personality of the Year

Millie Allenby & Jeanie-May Cooke


Inspiring Teacher

John Blades


Education Setting

Phoenix Park Academy, Parkside (SEMH Provision)


Special Recognition

Glenis Vessey

Our Partners


The SEND Awards are a fantastic way of celebrating children and young people with SEND and the adults who support them and who make a real difference to the lives of others. This snapshot of ordinary people doing extraordinary things really shows what can be achieved when we help each other and work together.

Community spirit can be a powerful and inspiring force, and local business are pleased to support our communities. As proud partners of NE Lincs SEND Awards, they want to shine a light on the inspirational people working hard to make their schools and communities a better place.

Our sponsors for the 2022 NE Lincs SEND Awards were:

  • Grimsby Town Sports and Education Trust
  • NELCouncil Waste Team Charity
  • Focus, adult social care
  • VANEL – Voluntary Action North East Lincolnshire
  • Eclipse Gymnastics
  • Ghetto Park Youth Action
  • Parkway Cinema
  • Daniella Draper
  • Lincs Inspire
  • The Jungle Zoo
  • Outdoor Learning Schools
  • Candliland
  • The Caxton Theatre
  • The Culture House

If you would like to be a sponsor or know more about the SEND Awards please email SEN@nelincs.gov.uk

The 2022 event was the first ever SEND Award Ceremony.

The ceremony was requested by local children and young people with SEND who wanted something positive and uplifting to represent local SEND.

The occasion was themed ‘a night at the movies’.

150 people from across the borough came together to celebrate the winners and join in the fun.

It was an exciting event for everyone. Guests enjoyed a local musical performance and movie-themed buffet.

There was some tough competition across 141 nominations. This is just a small snapshot of all the wonderful accomplishments, big and small, from people in our area.

The event was planned by the Young People’s Advisory Group (YPAG). This is a group of local children and young people with SEND from seven schools who meet online and take part in local projects.

Special guests included The Worshipful the Mayor of the Borough of North East Lincolnshire, Councillor Steve Beasant, Councillor Margaret Cracknell, Portfolio Holder for Children and young people at North East Lincolnshire Council, and ex-Grimsby Town Player Graham Rodger, Chief Executive Officer at Grimsby Town Sports and Education Trust.

They were joined by children and young people from local groups such as Youth Action and Green Influencers, to enjoy and present awards for deserving winners from across the borough.