17 November 2021
We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted as finalists in the Health and Wellbeing category of the 2022 West London Business Awards.
We have made it into the finals for the fourth year running since we won the award as Harrow Mencap in 2019.
This year we are very hopeful that we can win again because of our successful Harrow Mencap Learning Disability Nurses not Hearses Campaign. The campaign started off as a local movement calling for an additional learning disability nurse to work with the one in post at the London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust who had to split her time between multiple hospitals across Harrow, Brent and Ealing.
The campaign succeeded in securing the appointment of another nurse locally and later took the campaign to the national stage with a meeting with the All Party Parliamentary Group on Disability, and by securing an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons. The campaign engaged with and was supported by politicians from different parties including local MPs from Harrow and Brent, alongside others from parts of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
As a result of this campaign we won the national Digital Campaign Prize at the Your UK Parliament Awards 2021, and are very proud to have put West London on the map as a driver of positive change for the whole country.
We are also hopeful about our chances to win this time round because of our other exciting digital efforts to engage and improve local services, and have a greater say over the issues that affect their lives.
We supported carers, autistic people and people with learning disabilities among others to engage with our partners at Harrow Council and the local NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, in order to share their views and experiences with decision makers.
We made sure our community’s voices were heard at the last London election too, by running a hustings session with local candidates from different parties competing for London Assembly seats representing Harrow, Brent, Hillingdon and Ealing.
These are just a couple of examples of the work that shows how our efforts are empowering and improving the health, wellbeing and lives of people across West London and beyond.
We cannot wait to find out the results in February next year!
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