DanceSyndrome Founder Jen Blackwell was thrilled to discover that, following some work that DanceSyndrome had done with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the team at 10 Downing Street had heard about our work and the Prime Minister wanted to recognise Jen’s work through a Point of Light award.
Points of Light are outstanding individual volunteers – people who are making a change in their community. Every weekday the Prime Minister recognises an inspirational volunteer with the Daily Point of Light award. Since April 2014, hundreds of people have been named Points of Light by the Prime Minister, highlighting an enormous array of innovative and inspirational volunteering across the length and breadth of Britain. Doing everything from tackling knife crime, to supporting families of dementia patients, UK Points of Light are fundraising, awareness raising, problem solving heroes who all had an idea they decided to make a reality. Their actions have changed lives and their stories can inspire thousands more to get involved or start their own initiatives.
In a personal letter to Jen, the Prime Minister said:
“Through ‘DanceSyndrome’ you have created an accessible environment where people of all abilities can share your love of dance. Your community workshops and performances are improving the fitness and wellbeing of young people with learning difficulties and sending a positive message about the importance of inclusion.”
On finding out about the award, Jen said:
“I’m so thrilled to be recognised by the Prime Minister! 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.”
You can read the full story at www.pointsoflight.gov.uk/dancesyndrome