Robin Walker MP attends first Generation CAN awards ceremony to celebrate the achievements of SEN children and the adults who care for them

Worcester’s MP Robin Walker attended the Generation CAN Awards 2018 last night (12th July) at the University of Worcester Arena, celebrating the remarkable achievements of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and the adults who support them.

The awards, sponsored by local law firm Irwin Mitchell, celebrated the achievements of over 40 nominated individuals. In the children’s awards categories, nominees were selected and put forward by education, health and social care professionals involved with the child, and the winners were those who have made inspiring progress which for them is perhaps life-changing, as well as encouraging for others.

In the adults’ awards categories the aim was to recognise and celebrate the tremendous efforts and determination by professionals and parents who provide inspirational support and care for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

Generation CAN is a Worcestershire-based charity which aims to improve social-mobility outcomes for SEND children in the county, working alongside partners in business, health, education and social services to support a more holistic approach to caring for children with additional needs.

Speaking in advance of the awards, Generation CAN founder and chair of trustees Hannah Moloney said:

“So often the determination, progress and achievements of children with special needs go unrecognised by all but a few, because they make progress in ways which aren’t necessarily measured or publicised.” 

“Generation CAN is about redefining what we mean by ability, achievement and progress, by revealing and celebrating the inspirational stories of everyday life of people with special needs and disabilities.”

Commenting after the ceremony, Robin said:

“The awards were a glittering celebration of the remarkable achievements of so many SEND children in Worcester, and the tireless commitment of the adults who care for and support them in reaching their full potential. I entirely agree with Generation CAN’s ethos that better communication and the sharing of ideas between health, education and social services is key to improving outcomes for these children.”

“It was a real privilege to be present for the awards, and while there it was great to catch up with Clare Gibbs – who many constituents will remember as Georgie’s mum and founder of the Help Georgie campaign – about the recent news that the life-changing procedure which Georgie received to drastically improve her mobility has now been made routinely available by NHS England.”

“I will be writing to the new Health Secretary Matt Hancock encouraging him to visit Worcester and meet Hannah – the founder of Generation CAN – as well as Claire and Georgie, to see how their ideas can be incorporated into his and the Government’s vision for better health and social care.”

“Worcester is doing a great job at inclusion with the University Arena being a world class facility for disability sport. It is truly exciting to see a new initiative such as this bringing young people together to improve opportunities for children with special needs and it would be great to see more businesses getting involved in sponsorship as the awards expand.”

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For more information about Generation CAN, see https://generationcan.org.uk/