Spinal Injuries Association launches nomination period for annual Rebuilding Lives Awards
The search is now on for those inspiring people and teams who have gone above and beyond to help spinal cord injured people lead fulfilled lives.
Spinal Injuries Association’s annual Rebuilding Lives Awards are now open for nominations and recognise the outstanding achievements of individuals and groups in the spinal cord injured community, who inspire others through their work, hobbies or during their rehabilitation. The awards will be presented at the charity’s sixth annual gala lunch on Thursday 7 June 2018 at the Williams Conference Centre.
Sue Browning, Chief Executive of Spinal Injuries Association, said.
“We want to raise a cheer for those unsung heroes who make such a difference to the lives of spinal cord injured people. If you know someone who has gone above and beyond to help spinal cord injured people lead fulfilled lives, then nominate them for an award today. Just visit our website at spinal.co.uk for further details.”
The 2017 awards saw celebrity supporters and spinal cord injured people from all over the UK descend on Williams Conference Centre where we celebrated the achievements of people in the spinal cord injured community. The event was hosted by the wonderful Natasha Baker MBE, and a number of other Paralympian’s and notable supporters from the SCI community, including SIA’s Vice President Claire Williams OBE.
This year’s categories include:
- Spinal Injuries Association Volunteer of the Year Award
This award is presented to a volunteer who has been instrumental in supporting the work of the charity. The nomination could be for one of our office, event or service volunteers who has made a significant difference to any area of the charity’s work in the last year. The nominee must have volunteered for SIA during 2017.
- Spinal Injuries Association Fundraiser of the Year
This award is presented to recognise the importance of voluntary fundraising or other similar support. It recognises those who make voluntary contributions of money and/or other resources towards the services that are vital to SIA. The nominee must have fundraised for SIA during 2017.
- Spinal Injuries Association Health Care Professional of the Year Award
This award is presented to an experienced outstanding healthcare professional who has gone above and beyond the usual expectations of their job role and has made a significant difference to spinal cord injured (SCI) people and the SCI community. The nominee must have been working in a specialist or non-specialist setting for more than five years (since 2012).
- Spinal Injuries Association Rising Star Medal
This medal is presented to a young health professional from each of the 12 spinal centres across the country. The nomination should be for someone who has gone above and beyond in his or her role. The nominee must work in a specialist SCI setting and have worked in the sector for less than five years (since 2012) in a specialist spinal injury setting and must be under the age of 30.
- Spinal Injuries Association Outstanding Team of the Year Award
This award is presented to a team that has made a significant difference to the care, treatment or lives of SCI people in NHS Spinal Cord Injuries Centres, District General Hospitals or Rehab Centres.
- Spinal Injuries Association Carer of the Year Award
This award is presented to an outstanding paid or unpaid carer working in the community or care home setting who has made a significant difference to spinal cord injured people and the SCI community.
- Spinal Injuries Association Sports, Arts and Recreation Achievement Award
This award is presented to an individual or team who has provided inspirational contributions through outstanding sporting, arts or recreational achievements, whether during rehabilitation, hobby or profession.
- Spinal Injuries Association Members’ Choice Award
This award is presented to a spinal cord injured individual who has shown courage, commitment and determination as they rehabilitated and rebuilt their lives after injury. This person will have also inspired others through their positive way of thinking and mind-set. You can only nominate someone in this category if you are a current SIA member (all-members accepted).
- Spinal Injuries Association Young Person of the Year Award
This award is presented to a young spinal cord injured person under the age of 25, who has provided an outstanding level of contribution to the SCI community, and their SCI peers.
- Paul Smith Lifetime Achievement Award
This award is presented in honour of Paul Smith, SIA’s Chief Executive Officer, who passed away in 2014. This nominee must be a spinal cord injured individual, who has shown similar levels of commitment and dedication to the spinal cord injury community. This person will have also inspired others through their positive way of thinking and mind-set.
For the 2018 awards, nominations open on 1 December 2017, and close on 28 February 2018. At the close of the nomination period, a judging panel will shortlist three nominees from each category. The shortlisted nominees are then invited to attend the awards ceremony at Williams Conference Centre.
To submit your nomination click here.