Business success celebrated at Learning Disability Awards

The achievements of people with learning disabilities in Scotland were celebrated at the Learning Disability Awards. Hosted by the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD), the awards also recognise the support provided by family carers and support workers.

SQA were delighted to attend the awards as sponsors of the Enterprise category. A new category for 2018, this award shines a light on innovative business ideas of people with learning disabilities.

The category finalists were Shetland based COPE Ltd and Lifeskills Plus students at Dundee and Angus College.

COPE Ltd is a successful social enterprise and charity which provides employment and skill development for adults with learning disabilities or autism spectrum disorders. The organisation provides a supportive work environment, where everyone is encouraged to participate in the running of the enterprise.

The Lifeskills Plus course at Dundee and Angus College supports young people in accessing further study, employment or volunteering opportunities. Students on the course have embraced the opportunity to gain a wide variety of skills, including in health and well-being, independent living and citizenship.

The award was presented to COPE Ltd, whilst the LifeSkills Plus Students from Dundee and Angus College (pictured right) were Highly Commended.

The Learning Disability Awards form part of Scotland’s national Learning Disability Week 2018. In celebration of this being the Year of Young People, SCLD chose to use the week to draw attention to the experiences of young people with learning disabilities.

On presenting the award, Gemma Law, Responsible Business Officer at SQA, said: “The Enterprise Award is a fantastic opportunity to recognise the dynamic, inspiring work of people with learning disabilities. The finalists have shown great initiative and inventiveness in their achievement of business success. The benefits of their efforts are felt widely, and it is a privilege for SQA to help give the learners the recognition they deserve.”

The ceremony recognised a wide range of inspiring achievements by people with learning disabilities, including sporting success and creative talent. Well done to all the winners and finalists.