Posted 03:09PM on Tuesday 22 July 2014
The Burnavon Arts and Cultural Centre is the first arts centre in Northern Ireland to be awarded the “What About Me?” Welcome Award, in recognition of the outstanding service that the Burnavon provides to people with a learning disability, acquired brain injury and autistic spectrum conditions.
The Burnavon was nominated by Francis Mayes from our Cookstown Supported Living Service. Francis enjoys attending events hosted by the Burnavon, particularly as the staff who work there consistently ensure his particular support needs are met.
Tony McCance, Head of Arts and Cultural Services, Cookstown District Council said:
“One of the aims of the Burnavon is to make all aspects of the arts accessible to everyone in the district and beyond, and we’d like to thank Francis for his nomination. This new award is recognition of the Council’s commitment to ensuring that people with disabilities can fully participate in the social and cultural life of the community.
The Burnavon has made a commitment to the principles of respect, inclusion and accountability by considering the needs of, and providing a welcoming environment for disabled people and their family or carers. We are continually working hard to provide an excellent service for all our customers, and this is another step on our journey of improvement that we will continue.”
A list of all places who have received the “What About Me?” Welcome Award can be found here.
PHOTO CAPTION: L–R: Patricia Corr; Cookstown District Council Chairman Wilbert Buchanan; Chloe McFarland, Senior Support Worker from Positive Futures; Francis Mayes; Cllr. Trevor Wilson, Chairman of the Council’s Arts and Culture Committee; Tony McCance, Head of Arts and Cultural Services and John Brown, as the Arts Centre is presented with the Positive Futures ‘What About Me?’ Welcome Award in recognition of the Burnavon’s on–going commitment to promoting access to the arts for all.