DanceSyndrome Founder Jen Blackwell with her EVA Award

DanceSyndrome is celebrating after our Founder, Jen Blackwell, was chosen as a finalist at three different upcoming award ceremonies all in one day!

Jen was announced as a finalist in the three different awards on Friday 1st July. The first announcement was that Jen was nominated as a representative for Charity of the Year Award at the Enterprise Vision Awards. The winners will be announced at a glittering awards evening on Friday 23rd September at the iconic Empress Ballroom in The Winter Gardens in Blackpool.


The second announcement was that Jen had been chosen for the Charity Champion Award at the national Best Businesswomen Awards which celebrate the outstanding success of female entrepreneurs. Jen will be awarded either a Silver or Gold Award at a gala event at The Hilton in Wembley on Friday 30th September.


The third announcement was that Jen had also been nominated for the HER-Abilities Award at the She Inspires Awards. This award is given to a special woman who, despite her disabilities, inspires people through her positive contribution to the community, workplace or family. The awards will be presented in a hybrid event on Thursday 24th November, with people attending in person at the University of Bolton Stadium in Horwich or online from around the world.


Speaking about the award nominations, Jen Blackwell said “I’m honoured to have been nominated for not one, or two but three awards this week! Being nominated for these awards shows that people with learning disabilities can do amazing things with their lives if given a chance. Dancing is my life, I am passionate about dance and about supporting people like me to have opportunities in the dance world.”


DanceSyndrome Managing Director, Julie Nicholson, said “There have been so many challenges for small charities like DanceSyndrome in the last two years. It’s incredible now to see so much recognition for the work that Jen and the rest of the DanceSyndrome team have been doing to support people with learning disabilities through those hard times. DanceSyndrome’s main aim is to empower people with learning disabilities to succeed in the dance sector and to help society to see what can be achieved when people are given the right support to follow their dreams. Being nominated for these awards helps us to raise the profile of people with learning disabilities and celebrate their achievements.”


The award nominations came through following a number of other recent successes for our charity. They have had high profile TV appearances on ITV’s Vick Hope’s Breakfast Show and Channel 4’s Steph’s Packed Lunch, alongside Strictly’s 2021 winner, Giovanni Pernice. DanceSyndrome was also recently awarded funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. The charity will receive almost £180,000 to continue its inspirational work to use dance as a medium to empower and make positive changes for people living with learning disabilities.

To keep up to date and hear the news about the awards as it breaks, you can follow DanceSyndrome at @DanceSyndromeUK on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. If you’re inspired by our work and would like to suport us with a donation, you can use the form below or visit Just Giving.

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