Community Group Award
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Doves is a group of young people between the ages of 14 and 24 who have a learning or physical disability. They meet twice a month from 6.00 – 8.00 PM on Thursday nights at various locations around the Bay. As well as doing activities like bowling, film nights and board games night they also work in consultation with other agencies including the local authority, council and the Children’s Society to help make Torbay a fun and safe place for disabled young people to live.
They have recently developed a short film in conjunction with the children’s society voice of value team highlighting the issues faced by young people in the Bay who may have learning or physical disabilities and their fight to overcome social isolation and loneliness. The DOVES group would like not just local council and agencies but also the government to understand that there is a lack of services, facilities, groups and positive activities for young people with learning difficulties. The film will be shown to local councillors and members of parliament in late September. Next week two members of their group will travel to London to meet up with other young people from around the country to discuss with them the issues faced by young people aged between 16 and 18. The DOVES group has been nominated due to the hard work and dedication the team put into the film , they spent long hours during the day and evening filming and putting together material for the film often in their own time without thinking of their own needs and disabilities.
ANDY MANS CLUB
Both Adam and Chris run a group called Andy's man club in Newton Abbot and have helped open new AMC clubs in Plymouth and Exeter. They have help over 500 men since September 2018 in helping men talk and be open about mental health issues. Since February 2019 both Adam and Chris have set up a new charity called Women’s Wellbeing Club, similar to AMC but for women. With the clubs now open in Devon- Newton Abbot, Paignton and Exeter, they both have full time jobs and dedicate all their spare time in helping men and women in Devon.
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Recognition for a prolonged period of success through either professional or voluntary work
Recognising a member of the emergency services who has gone beyond the call of duty
Awarded to either a professional or voluntary carer
Awarded for innovative and tireless fundraising
Recognising a person who has displayed maturity beyond their years (12-24)
Recognising exceptional courage in the face of adversity (12 yrs and under)
Awarded to an individual or group who has gone above and beyond in their discipline
Recognising outstanding bravery in the face of adversity
Awarded to the special parent or guardian who has dedicated themselves to their family and others
Celebrating a group that has made a difference in the local South Devon area
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