What About Me? Welcome Award

WHAT IS THE WELCOME AWARD?

An easy read version of this information is available here.

The “What About Me?” Welcome Award recognises and encourages great service by businesses and organisations towards people with a learning disability, acquired brain injury or autistic spectrum condition across a wide range of sectors, from retail and leisure through to public and financial services. It’s a Positive Futures “seal of approval”, so you can see at a glance how inclusive a business or organisation is.

The Award is a public endorsement of the quality of the welcome and service that businesses or organisations offer to disabled people and their carers. The three principles of the Award are: Respect, Inclusion and Accountability. Participating businesses / organisations will sign a Welcome Award Pledge to uphold these principles.

WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?

The origins of the Welcome Award lie in our “What About Me?” campaign. The aim of the Welcome Award is to:

• encourage businesses / organisations to consider customers with a learning disability, acquired brain injury or autistic spectrum condition in their customer service and wider customer experience

• ask businesses / organisations that apply for, or are nominated for the Award, to commit to an anti–discriminatory Pledge

• provide an opportunity for Positive Futures to develop and build on relationships with local businesses / organisations

• promote Positive Futures and the needs of people with a learning disability, acquired brain injury or autistic spectrum condition with the general public.

I RUN A BUSINESS OR ORGANISATION. HOW DO I GET THE WELCOME AWARD?

If you are committed to the principles of respect, inclusion and accountability by considering the needs of, and providing a welcoming environment for, people with a learning disability, acquired brain injury, autistic spectrum condition or other disability, click here to complete our short application form.

I KNOW A BUSINESS OR ORGANISATION WHICH PROVIDES GREAT SERVICE. WHAT CAN I DO?

Nominations are invited from members of the public for businesses / organisations who they consider deserve our “seal of approval”. Get in touch with us on 028 9147 5720 or email welcomeaward@positive-futures.net to tell us a bit about the business / organisation and why they deserve the Award. We will contact the nominee and take it from there.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

All businesses / organisations who receive the Award will receive a window sticker and certificate for displaying on their premises and will have the option to avail of tailored staff training to further enhance their understanding of, and communication with, customers with a learning disability, acquired brain injury or autistic spectrum condition.

To speak to a member of staff about the Award or to obtain a copy of our Frequently Asked Questions, please contact us on 028 9147 5720 or email welcomeaward@positive-futures.net

WHO’S INVOLVED?

Our Welcoming Places Register lists all the businesses and organisations which have signed our Welcome Award pledge.

Check out our latest News stories recognising some of our Award Holders:

Photo Gallery Snaps Up A Welcome Award

Sign Language Initiative Speaks Volumes

Good Show At The Odyssey Arena

Trolley Good Show By Sainsbury’s

Teaching Respect And Inclusion

Green Light For Equality

Sky’s The Limit For Equality

Burnavon Gets The “Seal Of Approval”