Red Rose Awards 2017 – Not-For-Profit Award Winner

DanceSyndrome was recognised at the Red Rose Awards 2017, where the charity was chosen as the winner of this year’s Not-For-Profit Award.

The award was designed to celebrate the work of not-for-profit public and private sector organisations that demonstrate support and development of their workforce including commitment to skills, flexible working, team building and sharing successes.   

The DanceSyndrome team were delighted to attend the Awards night, where a total of 25 awards were presented on the night, to people working in all types of businesses, from retail, to skills and training, to property, and everything in between! The team was absolutely thrilled when they were announced as the winners of their award!

The judges’ comments, which were read out on the night, stated “DanceSyndrome is a truly inspirational and passionate business which is changing lives. They can clearly be seen going the extra mile and, with franchise aspirations, this business model could change many more lives for the future.”

We are so proud to be chosen as winners of the Not-For-Profit Award! The other organisations who were nominated all do really valuable and important work, so we feel truly honoured to be chosen as the winner. It is a real privilege for DanceSyndrome to be recognised in the company of so many excellent organisations from across the county. We hope to be able to build on this success and enable even more people to join us and be inspired to follow their dreams, whether that is in dance or other areas.

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National Learning Disability and Autism Awards 2016 – Winner of the Sporting Chance Award

DanceSyndrome was recognised at a national level in July 2016 when our Dancer Leader team was announced as the winner of the Sporting Chance Award at the National Learning Disabilities & Autism Awards. The awards celebrate excellence in the support for people with learning disabilities and aim to pay tribute to those individuals or organisations who excel in providing quality provision.

The Dance Leaders were nominated for the Sporting Chance Award which celebrates a person or team who have worked creatively to develop sporting activities in which people with learning disabilities and/or autism can participate and enjoy. DanceSyndrome actively promotes the importance of improving physical and personal wellbeing and with our inclusive approach to dance we challenge perceptions and emphasise ability rather than disability.

The Dance Leaders were absolutely thrilled when they were announced as the winners of their award! They are such a hard working, dedicated group of people who have a real passion for dance, they truly deserve this accolade. The fact that many of them have overcome difficulties to achieve their ambitions of becoming Dance Leaders is truly inspiring and we hope that people will see them dancing and be inspired to follow their own dreams, whether that is in dance or other areas.

The Dance Leader team is comprised of 13 individuals from Lancashire and Greater Manchester; Sophie Tickle from St Helen’s, Jen Blackwell, David Corr, Jonathan Rodman and Donna Harrison from Chorley, Sue Chadwick from Rishton, David Darcy, Becky Rich and Jodie Turner from Preston, Peter Pamplett from Salford, Elizabeth Boothby from Oldham, John Hendrickson from Sale, Helen Shepherd from Blackburn and Dorothy Shepherd from Darwen. Well done to all team members! We are incredibly proud of all you have achieved!

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Enterprise Vision Awards 2015 – Jen Blackwell wins Inspirational Woman of the Year

DanceSyndrome Founder Jen Blackwell won Inspirational Woman of the Year at the Enterprise Vision Awards 2015, despite tough competition from many well established women in business across the North West.

Jen, who happens to have Down’s syndrome, founded DanceSyndrome because she could not find any opportunities to work in community dance. Now many people like Jen are training to become dance leaders and dancing together with professional dance artists to produce beautiful performance pieces which they perform across the UK.

On winning the award Jen said “I cannot believe I’ve won Inspirational Woman of the Year, I’m so thrilled and grateful to everyone who voted for me. Dancing is my life, I am passionate about dance and about supporting people like me to have opportunities in the dance world. Winning this award shows that people with learning disabilities can do amazing things with their lives if given a chance”.

The DanceSyndrome team are incredibly proud of Jen. Not only is she succeeding in her chosen career, she is demonstrating that other people with learning disabilities can be successful too. Jen inspires other people with learning disabilities to lead a life of their choosing and winning the Inspirational Woman of the Year award is a great start towards her getting the recognition that she deserves.